Joe Atwell

Jump to navigation Jump to search

W. M. "Joe" Atwell (August 25, 1919 – December 13, 1988) was a construction investor and builder who was the co-owner of the Montreal Alouettes from 1965–1967 and sole owner from 1967-1969.

Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Atwell constructed and sold upscale homes in Highland Beach, Florida and Boca Raton, Florida.[1] In 1965, he purchased 50% of Ted Workman's shares in the Alouettes and became the team's chairman.[2] On November 13, 1967, Atwell became the sole owner of the Alouettes.[3] Under Atwell's sole ownership, the Alouetes never won more than 3 games in a season and missed the playoffs each year. On December 9, 1969 it was announced that Ottawa attorney Sam Berger had purchased the club from Atwell for upwards of $1.2 million.[4]

Atwell died of heart failure on December 13, 1988 at his home in Boca Raton.[5]


  1. ^ Ray Lynch (December 15, 1988). "J. ATWELL, INVESTOR, BUILDER". Sun Sentinel.
  2. ^ Jim Hunt (August 21, 1965). "Football's Angry Young (Well, Fairly Young) Man". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  3. ^ "Ted Workman gives up co-ownership of Als". Canadian Press. November 13, 1967. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  4. ^ Marv Moss (December 9, 1969). "Etcheverry puts stock in Alouettes". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  5. ^ "Former owner of Alouettes dead". Canadian Press. December 13, 1988. Retrieved 2010-10-03.