CFL Alumni Man of the Year 2012 – Don Durno
Don Durno (Argos 1948-49, 51)
Don played in the first CFL game he ever saw. He must have liked it, because he was involved in football for the rest of his life.
His CFL career spanned 14 years with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Balmy Beach, Montreal and Toronto. He was a member of the 1942 Royal Canadian Air Force ‘s Grey Cup Champions.
A lifelong supporter of amateur football, Don co-founded the Ontario Junior Football Conference in the mid 1950’s and was president of the conference for 17 years. He was president of the Argo Alumni Association for 27 years.
His proudest achievement was his work for charity. Over the years he organized over 80 golf tournaments raising millions of dollars for the Charlie Conacher Cancer Fund and later the Rumball Camp for the Deaf. He was honoured by the Government of Ontario and the Governor General of Canada for his charity work.
Don was very successful in the building business which included building the Glen Cedars Golf Club in Markham, which he ran from 1964-85.
He was a great story teller, which made him a sought after dinner speaker. Don was the highlight of many Argo Alumni Golf Tournaments.
The final whistle blew for Don on October 29, 2011 in his 93rd year.