The BC Lions Football Club is deeply saddened to report the passing of equipment manager Ken ‘Kato’ Kasuya.

“We are devasted as an organization today,” said Lions’ president Rick LeLacheur. “From the day he rode his bike to Empire Stadium as a teenager more than 40 years ago to volunteer as a water boy, Kato endeared himself to generations of Lions players and staff members. He was a treasured part of our family, loved dearly by anyone who came to know him. Tasked with the incredible responsibility to ensure the health of our players, he did so with passion, joy and tireless effort. He will forever be in the hearts of the legions of players and coaches who have passed through our locker room doors along with thousands in the football community across Canada.”