Davis, Art - 2011

Davis, Art - 2011

Arthur D. Davis has been an active member in the business, sports, and volunteer community in Calgary and has served on numerous provincial and national committees. Born in the 1920’s, Art has played and has been involved with various sports throughout his life. He won the Alberta Junior Tennis Championship in the early 1930’s, and the Alberta Tennis championship four times. He also played baseball and soccer before turning his attention to golf. Art continued to play tennis and golf into his senior years, winning a number of titles, including the Alberta Seniors Golf Championship in 1975.


As a sports builder, Art worked tirelessly for the advancement of hockey, football, soccer, and golf organizations.  As a hotel owner and involved in the Canadian Hotel Association, Art was able to support and arrange for a Russian team to come to Calgary and play hockey.  This was the first trip by a Russian team to play hockey in Canada.


Art was also involved in the growth and development of soccer in Calgary and the building of the south indoor soccer centre, which houses seven soccer pitches and is in constant use, by people of all ages, for soccer as well as lacrosse.

Art Davis was president of the Alberta Football Association in the 1950’s and governor of the Alberta and Canadian Golf Associations. In 1994 after being president of the Canadian Seniors Golf Association, he was made a honourary Life Member of the British Senior’s Golf Association. As with all of Art’s interests, his commitment is and was to the progression of each organization. He was named Calgary Booster Clubs Sportsman of the Year in 1958 and was given the Alberta Achievement Award in 1989.

Art Davis helped found the Calgary Prostate Cancer Foundation and served on the Board of Directors until he passed away March 19, 2016 at the age of 95.  He was a highly respected contributor and member of Calgary.