RMR Olympian earns Silver Medal in 1936

2Lt Kenneth Farmer, second from left, front row. Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, Team Canada / Port Arthur Bear Cats, 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Photo credit: Hockey Gods, https://hockeygods.com

Westmount, Quebec – 12 February 2022: The RMR Museum dug up an Olympic treasure and shared it on Instagram yesterday:

“As Canada plays tonight in the preliminary round of the Beijing Olympics, we can remember RMR’s legend 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth P. Farmer. In 1936, he was part of the Canadian delegation in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch, Germany where the Canadian Olympic Hockey team won the silver medal./ Alors que le Canada joue ce soir contre les États-Unis lors des Jeux olympiques de Beijing, nous nous souvenons de la légende du RMR, le sous-lieutenant Kenneth P. Farmer. En 1936, il faisait partie de la délégation canadienne aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver de 1936 à Garmisch, en Allemagne, où les Canadiens ont remporté la médaille d’argent au hockey sur glace.”

A black and white portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth P. Farmer wearing his Service Dress Uniform. He later became a Major with the 32nd Reconnaissance Regiment (RMR). Photo credit: RMR Museum

According to Wikipedia:

Born in Westmount, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. In 1934 he joined the accounting firm of McDonald Currie & Company (now Coopers & Lybrand) and became a Chartered Accountant in 1937. He became a partner in 1945 until his retirement in 1977.

Farmer was an outstanding hockey player. He was a member of the 1936 Port Arthur Bearcats, which won the silver medal for Canada in ice hockey at the 1936 Winter Olympics. He had the second highest points at the Olympics with 10 goals and four assists.[1] Canada had been expected to win the gold medal, but several incidents led to winning the silver medal instead. After the Olympics, Farmer stated that none of Canada’s officials knew what playoff system was being used and that E. A. Gilroy and Fred Marples “were blissfully unaware of what it was all about”.[2]

During World War II, he served with The Royal Montreal Regiment and the Manitoba Dragoons. He was discharged with the rank of Major and was Mentioned in Dispatches in 1945.

From 1953 to 1961, he was the President of the Canadian Olympic Association. He was President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada from 1977 to 1983. He was a Governor of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame from 1980 to 1990.[3]

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