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Leo (Pete) McGillen

Pete McGillen

Pete McGillen was born in nearby Percy Township and moved to Peterborough at age seven. He began writing for the Peterborough Examiner in 1937 and over the next two decades gained recognition as Canada’s leading fishing and conservation authority. His considerable local achievements included writing sports, an outdoors column, supervising the Examiner’s annual vacation edition,…

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Donald W. Bye

Don Bye

Don, a Peterborough businessman, has consistently supported local teams financially, and actively at the administrative level for more than 30 years. Don’s sponsorship of teams began in 1960, starting with the Junior “B” hockey team which he continued to sponsor for ten years. His first association with lacrosse was in 1967 with the Don Bye…

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Jack Guerin

Jack Guerin

Jack Guerin was born with a passion for sports and early in life developed a unique talent for organizing and working with people, especially in hockey and baseball. Over his career, Jack became involved with numerous minor sports organizations, including the Immaculate Conception Sports Committee, the Peterborough Baseball Association, and the PCCHL, in a range…

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H. V. (Herb) Warr

Herb Warr

Herb Warr was born in nearby Westwood, moving to Peterborough at age 17. Following a stint in the Canadian Navy he became involved in minor sports with the City Boys Work Board. For the next 10 years he worked in many capacities from coach to chairman. In 1957, he became involved with the Peterborough Community…

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G. H. B. (Jeff) Purvey

Jeff Purvey

Christened Geoffrey Henry Burns Purvey, this benevolent benefactor of many sports in Peterborough and district became known simply as Jeff. Born above a fish store in Toronto, in 1922, Jeff never got very far away from the restaurant business. Following six years in the army during World War II, he went into business in Toronto,…

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F. C. (Freddy) Scates

Fred Scates

Freddy Scates was born in Peterborough and spent his entire life here, a gentle soul about whom it was often said that he didn’t have an enemy in the world. He always had a friendly smile and humorous attitude. Almost all of Freddy’s life was involved with sport — as a baseball and softball pitcher…

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Louis Yeotes

Louis Yeotes

A newspaper headline once accurately proclaimed Louis Yeotes as “A Man Who Likes People.” Over the more than 70 years he lived in Peterborough, Louis donated to almost every league which operated sports teams, most notably baseball, soccer and hockey. He purchased equipment for struggling teams throughout the Depression (1930s) when it was virtually impossible…

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Joyce Corner

Joyce Corner, a part-time resident of our area most of her life and a full-timer since 1975, has been interested in synchronized swimming for many years. She started the Mississauga Synchro Club in 1969 and in 1974 became a coach of the Kawartha Synchro Club which changed its name to Kawartha Trent Synchro Club in…

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N. E. (Norm) Dysart

Norm Dysart

Although Norm Dysart found hockey his main sport interest as a youth, it is his contribution to volleyball that earned him a berth in the Hall of Fame. Born in Toronto, he came to Peterborough in 1963 as Head of Physical Education at the new Crestwood Secondary School, remaining there 26 years until retiring in…

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Hugh Campbell

Athletes in the City of Peterborough, particularly those in baseball, football and basketball, owe a debt of gratitude to Hugh Campbell. Hugh came here from the United States in 1928 as general manager of the Johnson Motor Company, later to become the Outboard Marine Corporation. His company supplied equipment, refurbished the grandstand and maintained the…

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F. P. (Pat) Larock

Dedication to the development of minor sport in Peterborough was the trade mark of Pat Larock who spent countless hours assisting youngsters in minor lacrosse and hockey. He served in every position imaginable in hockey. For more than two decades he was involved in the executive end of the game, including a three-year term as…

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Donald R. (Don) Barrie

Don Barrie, a city resident most of his life, was born in Oakville, ON. Active in many sports, it is lacrosse where he left an indelible impression. While acting as chief instructor of the Peterborough Lacrosse School, Don coached teams to 10 Ontario championships. At Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School he coached football, hockey, basketball…

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Frank L. Buckland

Frank was born at Gravenhurst, ON, spent his early years at Guelph, attended the University of Toronto where he developed an interest in hockey, and moved to Peterborough in 1931 at age 29. He coached junior and senior teams from 1932 to 1940, and in 1942 coached the city’s Sr. B team to an Ontario…

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J. W. (Jack) Gibson

Jack Gibson became involved in Peterborough sports, other than as a participant, in 1954 when he was asked to help out in the PCCHL. And he became totally involved, occupying every possible position from coach, manager and convener of leagues and officials, to the top post as League President in 1961-62. He managed the city’s…

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Harold F. Dormer

Harold Dormer was a pioneer promoter of the game of softball, not only in this city but across the province as well. He earned his share of playing honours, but it was as an executive that he left his main mark. He played on City League softball championship clubs in 1930, 1931 and 1935, the…

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Gladys I. Mortimer

Gladys Mortimer came from a family of athletes and she excelled in sport, particularly softball and basketball. She was a lefthanded first-baseman on Westclox teams that won many city titles, and was also regarded as an all-star in basketball. Her playing skills were considerable, but it was as an administrator that she left her mark.…

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Dr. Don Curtis

Dr. Don Curtis was heavily involved in the administrative level of numerous Peterborough sporting activities, a man who worked behind the scenes where hard work is often unrecognized or overlooked. As co-chairman and founder of ParticipACTION Peterborough, he was involved in the initiation and organization of such events and activities as Sportsfest, the Peterborough Challenge,…

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Thomas D. (Doug) Miller Sr.

Miller was born here in 1904 but played his first lacrosse at Millbrook. Except for a span in the RCAF during World War II, he played field and box lacrosse over a 30-year period, finishing in 1947 when he played on the same Sr. B team as his son, Doug, Jr. Doug is the main…

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Gordon C. (Gord) Minty

Gord Minty was a popular man who practiced what he preached. He often told young swimmers that the most important thing that they could do was pass on their knowledge to someone else. Gord Minty spent a lifetime helping everyone who came his way. He became involved in swimming at age 22 as a means…

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Bill Bowers

Bill Bowers is Mr. Slo-Pitch in Peterborough. He has been a dynamic builder of slo-pitch at the local, provincial and national levels. A Toronto native, Bill moved to Peterborough and organized the first slo-pitch league in 1976. He has been president of the Peterborough Slo-Pitch Association since 1977 and played a leading role in the…

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