Remembering William (Bill) Huntley
Sincere condolences to the family of Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame inductee William (Bill) Huntley who passed away in Kingston on August 21st 2019. Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years Mary Jane and their 8 children, Peter, Dan, Paul, Patrick, Liza, Mary Kate, Ann and Martha.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Railton on Saturday August 31st 2019 at 1:00pm.
Bill was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, and the following is an excerpt from his induction biography.
“Bill Huntley brought both great talent and experience when he moved from Toronto where he was born in 1930, to Peterborough in 1949. He played for the Senior ORFU (football) Champion Hamilton Tigers in 1947 and Queen’s University in 1948. He also represented Canada at a Junior All-Star baseball event sponsored by Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in 1946. And he had played baseball with Sudbury-Frood Tigers, Champions of the Nickel Belt Senior Baseball League (1948) and in the Iowa State League (1949).
In his 10 years here, Bill won many honours: Chuck Kearns Trophy (Outstanding City Athlete) in 1953; Earl (Doc) Spencley Trophy as the MVP for the Orfuns Football Club in 1954; the John Black Trophy as the ORFU’s MVP for an unprecedented three times in 1952, 1953 and 1954. He played fullback for the Orfuns Teams for seven seasons, including being captain of the 1954 Eastern Canadian championship and 1955 Canadian Championship Clubs.
As a catcher and outfielder, Bill led the senior baseball team in hitting (.418) during the 1954 Toronto Viaduct League play.
Link to Mr. Huntley’s Obituary