Former wrestler/promoter Sandor Kovacs died at the age of 84 on June
30th, 2004 after a long battle with alzheimer's disease.
He was first attracted to wrestling at Ontario (Canada) College where he was involved with Greco-Roman wrestling. As a pro wrestler, he was one of the first grapplers ever to appear on a national television wrestling broadcast via the Dupont network with Dennis James.
He was somewhat known entering the profession after serving as an
Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II.
CAC member Dutch Savage said, "...Sandor was a very fine worker and would do anything to make any match he was in a classic, even when he worked prelininary matches. He carried his work ethic into his promotional career too."
In the late 1960s, he and Gene Kiniski bought out Rod Fenton/Cliff Parker, and began promoting wrestling in British Columbia. His television show, All-Star Wrestling, was carried by Canadian TV clear across Canada and the stars he made in Vancouver were huge draws in Newfoundland as well. He and Kiniski also teamed up with Don Owen in Oregon and Ed Francis in Hawaii.
Sandor was an ardent balletomane and theater goer. He worked with live stage production in B.C. like Vancouver's Playhouse Production of Terrace Tanze and the University of British Columbia's production of Shakespeare As You Like It.
His widow, Betty, is a dancer, teacher, and president of the Vancouver Ballet Society. They were married for 45 years.