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Frank Bolla

Frank Bolla Inducted 2001

Frank was Inducted into the Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Hall of Fame in 2001 and the GHTFA Quarter Century Club 2001.

Frank remained active in the GHTFA as a member of the Executive and playing for Fox 40 in the A League and as well as playing in the Masters League into his early 80's.  Frank also host the annual Bolla Bowl every February.


It is with deep sadness to let you know that our friend Frank Bolla passed away last night…he was 85 years old. Frank had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in the past few years.

Frank was known to many as the pioneer of touch football in Canada, having started the first organized touch football league in Montreal in 1961.  The Burlington Men’s Touch Football League (BMTFL) was formed in 1968, and Frank played in the BMTFL after moving to Hamilton in the early 1970’s, and later the Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association (GHTFA) right up until 5 years ago, finally retiring as a player at age 80. For most of that time, Frank was a hard working volunteer of touch football as a member of the  executive of the GHTFA, and assisting with our numerous Early Bird, Regional & Provincial Championship Tournaments that we hosted. He was inducted many years ago into the GHTFA Hall of Fame, and has organized the annual winter snowball tournament, named the Bolla Bowl, for the past 15 years. That event, always held the day before Superbowl will once again take place a week from Saturday with 8 teams participating. As most of you know, Frank always enjoyed a few beers after games with his teammates, and friends…we will be sure to raise our glasses, and toast him at the tournament.

Frank was also a boxer in his younger years, and was Canadian Golden Gloves Champion in 1955. He was also an avid fisherman, and photographer. He leaves behind his daughter Wendy, his wife Eleanor, and countless friends who will miss him dearly.

His funeral will take place this Wednesday, January 25th @ 3pm @ Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home… 15  West Ave., Hamilton (corner of West Ave & King St), followed by a Reception @ Gator Ted’s Tap & Grill (in the plaza on the southeast corner of Guelph Line & Upper Middle Road in Burlington).

I have attached a few photos of Frank for you to remember him by.


Frank in the early years 

Rick Little, Lube Koval (Labatts), Burington Mayor Roly Bird, Frank Bolla, Dave Nellson, and Bill Fournier



Bill Fournier, Dave Nelson, Rick Little, Jeff Boelhouwer, Frank Bolla



Frank Bolla and Ted Kindos (Owner)- Gator Ted's Bolla Bowl HQ



Dave Nelson and Frank Bolla handing out the trophy











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