Influential NSSA Members


Lorne Joseph Wilfred Allard

April 20, 1932- Jan 13, 2016

As an adolescent, Lorne established a reputation as a top athlete in hockey, boxing, track and field, baseball, football, and soccer. His most loved sport was hockey, and he started his career playing for the Port Arthur juniors. He devoted 42 years of his life to promoting this love of sports, as a hockey coach, manager, executive and fundraiser, and was involved in football clubs, baseball leagues, boxing clubs, and the track and field club.

Away from the world of competitive sports, Lorne became an avid photographer and outdoorsman. He was able to combine these two passions when he opened Lorne's Cameras and Fishing Tackle Ltd. in Thunder Bay. His love for the outdoors led to involvement with various conservation projects, associations, and councils, and was a founding member of the North Shore Steelhead Association.

Lorne was dedicated to bringing the community together which, thanks to his positive energy and great sense of humour, proved to be natural to him. His passion for the community started with the Hill City Kinsmen. During his lifetime, he played a key role in jumpstarting many community projects: Castlegreen Community Centre, County Park and Kinsmen Northwood Park recreations centres, and the Port Arthur National Little League Baseball Centre at George Burke Park.

In addition, he volunteered in the construction of the Kiwanis Island - Centennial Park and Trowbridge Park projects. His positive impact on his community was clear when Lorne became Alderman for the Red River Ward in 1991.

His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Lorne was the recipient of many awards: the Royal Canadian Legion's George Rowe Memorial Award, an Ontario Bicentennial Award, the Alex Ross Member Award from the Hill City Kinsmen. He was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, and in 2011 the City of Thunder Bay recognized him with a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement Award.

Lorne loved his family time with his wife Jean, his kids and grandkids at the Stewart Lake family camp. His spirit will be there with them always.

The North Shore Steelhead Association has always recognized Lorne as the 'father figure' of the NSSA. His influence, inspiration and contribution reach deeply into our Association.

He will be missed on the river and will forever remain in our hearts.


Alvin Rissanen

1941 – Dec 22, 2012

Our fishing fraternity has lost a good friend and long time supporter of the NSSA, Alvin Rissanen.

Alvin spent any free time he had at his Surprise Lake camp and looked forward to his annual steelhead fishing trips up the north shore. He was an avid fisherman who never missed an opportunity to wet a line. Alvin served in many capacities with the North Shore Steelhead Association. In the early years he worked on the Upwelling Box projects, fry transfers, and stream improvement projects. He is best remembered for his 20 plus years of service with the Dinner Auction committee and the running of the “back room”. Alvin always knew the numbers. Alvin’s family, wife Joan and children Karen, Wendy, and Kevin all worked on the Dinner Auction as ticket sellers and set up. Good friends are hard to find. Great volunteers are even harder to find and loose. Alvin will be missed and in our thoughts. We hope he’s on the ultimate steelhead run ...a reward for his time with us.



1938 - Oct 24, 2014

George “Joe” Kostreba Jr., age 76 years, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Joe was one of the founding members of the NSSA and played an influential part in the early years of the Association, serving on the inaugural 1974 Executive.

George was a passionate fisherman and avid hunter. He often returned home after an evening playing with the band, caught a few hours of sleep and would be on the river or in the duck blind at sunrise. His favorite fishing hole was found on the Black Sturgeon River, where numerous trophy rainbow trout were caught. When fall time arrived, George turned his attention to hunting, where many mornings were spent in the duck blinds at Black Bay on Lake Superior.

George was an accomplished musician. He was a well-known fixture in the Thunder Bay music scene and played in a variety of bands for nearly 40 years. He was a talented violinist and bass guitarist who achieved numerous awards and accolades throughout his playing career. George had a successful career in the heavy equipment business that spanned nearly 40 years, working with W.H. Marr, Forano and International Harvester.

George was married for 53 years to his beloved wife Dorothy. He was a great father, was actively involved in the lives of his three children, and shared in their successes. He enjoyed time with his five grandchildren, and took pride in watching them grow.

Missed but not forgotten.


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