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Robert Gratton (Pup) Curtin

Robert (Pup) Curtin was born in Peterborough in 1920 and became a prime contributor to the game of lacrosse both as a player and a builder.

A versatile athlete who participated in many sports (Pup) played on the 1935 bantam baseball team that won the City championship. He was a star player with the Peterborough Collegiate and Peterborough Orfuns football teams and was one of a few local players of the 1940s to play in the Canadian Football League. The highlight of his three year stint with the Toronto Argonauts was a Grey Cup championship in 1945.

As a lacrosse player (Pup) played with Peterborough’s 1947 Ontario Senior B champions. However it was his avid support of lacrosse as a builder at both the minor and senior levels for which he will best be remembered. He was a leader in financing, fundraising and building of the famous Miller Bowl. Local teams largely assembled by (Pup) Curtin went on to win the Eastern Canadian Lacrosse Championship consecutively from 1951 to 1957 and again in 1959. Included in this time were four consecutive Mann Cup Championships from 1951 to 1954.

(Pup) Curtin’s contribution to local lacrosse earned him the prestigious City of Peterborough Honour Award many times through the 1950s.

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