Canadian Football Hall of Fame builder Joe Pistilli has passed away at the age of 80.
He held a number of roles nationally as well as in his community of Châteauguay, Que., including commissioner of the QJFL (1970-75), director of Football Canada (1980-85), vice-president of administration for Football Canada (1986-91), director of the QJFL (1987-88), and president of Football Canada (1992-98).
“Joe’s steady leadership to the game in Quebec helped to build the foundation for the unprecedented growth of football in the province that started in the 1990s,” said Football Canada president Jim Mullin in a statement. “He was a titan of commitment to Football Canada through eighteen years of service to the association’s management as director, vice-president, and president.”
Pistilli received a national award of merit in 1986 for his service to amateur football. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2010 alongside punter Bob Cameron, broadcaster Brian Williams, receiver Don Narcisse, defensive lineman Elfrid Payton, and quarterback Tracy Ham.