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This versatile and talented athlete enjoyed an illustrious career in basketball, football, baseball and bowling both as a player and coach from the 1940s through to the 1980s. Following a successful high school athletic career, he started the Bengals junior basketball team in 1948, leading his team to the Thunder Bay District junior title that season. Joining the senior league as the East Ends, the team captured the Thunder Bay District league title four straight years and claimed the 1954 Western Canadian Intermediate Basketball Championship title, marking the first time the title was ever won outside of Manitoba in 17 years.

A standout on the football field with the Fort William Roughriders and Ukes, he enjoyed success as a halfback, quarterback and defensive end, earning MVP honours in 1950. That same season the Fort William Redskins utilized his talents in their Western Canadian Intermediate Football championship title drive and bid for the Dominion crown.

A playing coach with the East Ends baseball team during the 1950s, he earned the league batting title in 1952 and led his team to two city championship titles. An active bowler for close to 40 years in both 5 and 10-pin, he has four local American Bowling Congress titles to his credit.

For much of his sports career, Peppy not only played the game, he also contributed his talents as a playing-coach. It was not surprising, therefore, that following his competitive playing career, he truly dedicated himself to the youth of his community, serving as a coach and referee at the high school, senior and university levels. He made significant contributions to the athletics program at St. Patrick High School from 1953-66 coaching football, track and field and leading the Saints to the 1954 and 1956 city junior basketball championship titles. Beginning in 1969 he brought his talents to Lakehead University, coaching within the men's and women's varsity basketball program.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 1995

Peter "Peppy" Dika

Fort William
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