Herb Capozzi was an athlete, businessman, professional sports team manager, and political figure in British Columbia. He was born in Kelowna, BC on April 24, 1925 to Pasquale "Cap" Capozzi, an Italian immigrant and vineyard proprietor of Calona Wines. He had two brothers. Capozzi won a sports scholarship to the University of British Columbia for football and basketball, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Communications, all while serving as a member of the BC Alpha chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was named Athlete of the Year at UBC in 1948. Upon graduation, he was offered a $4,000 contract to play for the New York Giants, but turned it down in order to study at the University of Italy. He returned to Canada in 1952, moving to Calgary to work for Shell Oil and play with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. In 1953, he moved to Montreal to play for the Montreal Alouettes and work as a program director for CBC. As a racketball player, he won the Canadian Masters championship in 1974 and the Canadian Golden Masters championship in 1981. Capozzi was General Manager of the BC Lions CFL team from 1957 to 1966, winning the Grey Cup in 1964, then leaving the team run for provincial government office. He represented Vancouver Centre in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1966 to 1972 as a Social Credit member. During this time, he entered hospitality ownership in Vancouver and opened Sneaky Pete’s, also holding investments in Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, 12 Caesars Restaurant, Harry C’s night club and Sugar Daddy’s disco. He purchased the Vancouver Canucks hockey team in 1971, helping to keep the team in Canada. Capozzi established the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team in 1974. He served as owner, president, and board chairman of the team. Under his ownership, the team won the North American Soccer League (NASL) Soccer Bowl title in 1979. He had a wife, Dorothy Capozzi, and three children, but separated from his wife in 1979. He married his subsequent girlfriend, Ellen Brown. He was a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. He was a co-founder and owner of The Keg restaurant chain and co-owned the first ever McDonald's franchise in Canada. He succeeded his father as owner of Calona Wines, as well as the Capri Hotel (now the Coast Capri Hotel) and Capri Centre Mall. Through his father's company he opened Dabbers, Kelowna’s first professional bingo parlour, through which he donated millions to charity. Capozzi was also president of Pasadena Investments, a development company based in Kelowna. Capozzi was a director responsible for food, entertainment, and housing for Expo 86 in Vancouver. In 1987, he joined his friend, Harry Moll, in the stock promotion business and was chairman of Unilens Optical. Capozzi was also a director of Pineridge Capital Corp., Moll’s public holding company; director and vice-chairman of International Potter Distillers; and vice-president of Pastel Food. He received the Order of British Columbia in 2008. He died of tongue cancer at home in Kelowna on November 21, 2011 at the age of 86.