Football

Jack Parry

Jack Parry

Jack Parry in the late 1940s.

Jack Parry was born in 1922 in Windsor and enlisted in the RCAF after graduating from Sandwich Collegiate in 1942. That autumn he played on the RCAF Toronto Hurricanes football team which won the Grey Cup. He was later deployed to Europe where he flew a tour of thirty bombing missions and then volunteered for a further eight. On one mission another aircraft accidently dropped a bomb on the starboard wing of Parry’s plane. He returned his crew to Britain and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war Parry enrolled at Queen’s University, but transferred to Western after being attracted by the university’s medical school. Parry played for the Colts during the 1946 season, scoring an impressive fourteen touchdowns. The following year he transferred to the Mustangs as player #37.

At 5’11” and 155 lbs., Parry was light and extremely fast. Nicknamed the “Galloping Gazelle,” Parry was a star halfback and running-back. He was named an All Canadian in 1948, and the following year he became Canada’s leading track and field athlete as well as the Mustangs’ captain and their Most Valuable Player. Parry was also a renowned field sprinter, relay-runner, and was selected to join Canada’s 1948 Olympic team, although an injury prevented him from competing.

In the summer of 1949 he married and quit track running to devote more time to baseball. He graduated from medical school the following year. Parry was awarded the Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy in recognition of his contribution to athletics at Western and he has been entered into the W Club Hall of Fame.