The BC Lions Football Club is mourning the loss of former defensive back Joe Fourqurean who unexpectedly passed away last week in Columbus, Ohio.
A mainstay in the BC defensive backfield from 1973 to 1981, Fourqurean appeared in 122 career games and notched 15 interceptions. Perhaps best known for a late-game pass knockdown in the 1977 CFL Western Semi-Final, Fourqurean’s defensive gem secured a 33-32 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a berth in the Western Final that year, breaking a 13-year postseason drought after the club won the Grey Cup in 1964.
Patrolling the secondary with skill and uncanny anticipation, Fourqurean was named to the 1977 CFL All-Star squad as well as three separate BC Lions Dream Teams (’84, ’94 and 2004). Most recently, he was named to the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2011.
“The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization and Lions fans everywhere are with the Fourqurean family at this time,” said team president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “Joe was a true gentleman and one of the many players who have helped build our organization into what it is today. I am pleased in knowing, as I’m sure our fans are too, that before his passing Joe took his rightful place on our Wall of Fame in 2011.”