EDDIE KINGSTON, THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECT OF THE STORM PASSES AWAY
Edward Albert Kingston, better known to Storm fans as “Eddie” passed away peacefully
in Renfrew Ontario on September 2 (2021) at the age of 84.
He was the owner and GM of the Campbell River Storm from its inception in 1997 to
2006. In that time he created a dynasty, 7 consecutive VIJHL Championships and Cyclone
Taylor Cup title.
Eddie Kingston was a “force of nature”.
Prior to taking the reins of the Storm, Eddie served this country, enlisting as an
infantryman in 1957 and retiring as a construction engineer in 1980 at the rank of
Sergeant. He was a keen marksman; when serving in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian
Light Infantry’ he led his team to many honours. He spent time overseas in Germany and
completed a Peacekeeping tour in Cyprus.
After retiring from the Canadian military, “Eddie” started his own construction company
in the Comox Valley but continued his association with CFB Comox as a civilian in the
construction section at the base. In 1994, he received a 36 year service medal from the
He was an athlete with a love for Fastball and Hockey. As a 14 year old he was already
pitching for the Men’s team back in his hometown of Brantford Ontario.
Hockey was his passion. For many years in the Comox Valley he coached in the Minor
Eddie scouted for many Western Hockey League teams and was a part of the 2004
Memorial Cup Champion Kelowna Rockets.
In 1997 he became the owner of the Storm mentoring and fostering the careers of many
young hockey players.
Even after fully retiring, Ed Kingston didn’t stop going. He kept himself busy whether
through woodworking, home renovation projects or just playing cards.
Our thoughts go out to Eddie’s family, wife of 62 years Claudette, to his siblings, his
children, grand children and great grand children.
Edward “Eddie” Kingston was the original architect of the Campbell River Storm and set
the standards and expectations that are still in place to this day.
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