Richard C. 'Dick' Ellis passed away as a result of a scuba-diving accident in 1974 having compiled an enviable career as a player, coach, selector and administrator. Possessing a unique and comprehensive knowledge of every aspect of the game at the club, provincial, national and international levels, he was president of the Canadian Rugby Union (now Rugby Canada) at the time of his death.
Subsequent to his playing days at Magee, Vancouver Rowing Club and Oak Bay Wanderers, Dick presided over Oak Bay, the Victoria Rugby Union, the BCRU, was the first president of the BC Sports Federation, one of the first trustees of the BC Sports
Hall of Fame and Museum and a director of the Canadian Rugby Union after its formation in 1965. As the 1967 Jack Patterson Memorial Trophy winner he exemplified leadership and organizational ability.
Dick was accorded the rare honour of being appointed the manager of the Canadian team for two overseas tours: in 1962 to the British Isles and in 1971 to Wales. He was one of Canada's representatives at the Centenary World Congress of the Rugby Football Union in 1970 and the Scottish Rugby Union's Centenary celebrations in 1972.
Dick's successful rugby calendar did not prevent him from pursuing many recreational interests while conducting a successful law practice. His ambition and commitment knew no bounds.