The Citizens Hall of Fame will welcome its 40th member this week.
A bronze bust of Sam Fabro will be unveiled at the hall of fame site in Assiniboine Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a day after an induction ceremony and reception are held in his honour.
He is one of the founding fathers of the Manitoba Marathon but that just scratches the surface of his contributions over his long career.
He was also instrumental in bringing the Pan Am Games to Winnipeg in 1967 (he also sat on the advisory committee when they returned in 1999), and he has been actively involved with the likes of FortWhyte Alive, Misericordia Health Centre, Villa Rosa, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Manitoba Games, Winnipeg Enterprises -Winnipeg Stadium Expansion, the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg, Knights of Columbus, Recreation and Parks Board, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Club.
He has received the Order of Canada (1974), Order of the Buffalo (1986), a City of Winnipeg Proclamation (1986) and been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1990), the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as Builder member (1988) and been given an Award of Merit by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1988).
Fabro was also a fine athlete, having been a member of the Winnipeg Rangers
F when they won the Memorial Cup as Canadian Junior Hockey Champions in 1941. He was also an accomplished baseball and football player, including playing for the Blue Bombers in 1942 before joining the army.
The Citizens Hall of Fame was established in 1986 by WinnipegRealtors to honour outstanding citizens for their contributions to Winnipeg’s quality of life.