Last October 8, 2018 one of our great Braumeisters died. Dave Michaud (#21) passed away with major heart problems. Dave played with the Braumeisters for a long time and had retired to PEI. Dave played for us at the Nationals. Dave was always a speedy runner but we had to run for him and he was able to play a couple of innings in the tournament. When we left PEI Dave was in a great mood and was thankful that he was able to play baseball.
Thomas John Anderson (Dufferin Simcoe Rockers)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Tom Anderson on Saturday, December 8, 2018 in his 63rd year. Tom of Lisle, beloved husband of Jane (nee Montgomery). Loving father of Heather (Shane) Walker, David, and Scott. Cherished Grandpa to Reese and Ryleigh. Brother of Doug (Judy) Anderson and Debbie (Ray) McFadden. Tom will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, family, and friends. Visitation will take place at Drury Funeral Centre, 519 Victoria St. E., Alliston on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations in memory of Tom may be made to the Royal Victoria Health Centre - Kidney Clinic.
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Fields, Donald Carmen Lawrence
May 23, 1946 - December 31, 2016
FIELDS, Donald Carmen passed away peacefully on December 31, 2016, age 70, at Hospice of Windsor with his family by his side. Born May 23, 1946 in Riverside, to parents Orval (d. 1963) and Cecile (nee Robert, d. November 20, 2016, age 103), Donnie leaves his wife and best friend of 45 years, Susan (Sloan) along with their two children, Stephanie Mingay (Jeff) and Ryan Fields, both of Toronto. His granddaughter, Abigail Mingay, will forever cherish her memories and time spent with “Pup”. Also his sisters Carol Siddall and Marilyn Hamelin (Bob d. 1999), and their families; brother-in-laws Bob Sloan (d. October 27, 2016) and Steve Sloan of London, his wife Terri, and their families. Don had a successful 26-year career at CN Rail, in Windsor. Following his retirement in 1996, Donnie re-committed himself to baseball as a player, a winning coach, championship manager, determined administrator and meticulous groundskeeper with the Tecumseh Baseball Club. Since age seven, when he started playing the game as a youngster in Riverside — under the guidance of coach and mentor, Sid Cooke — Donnie held dear a life-long passion for baseball. His commitment and influence on the Tecumseh Baseball Club over more than three decades is immeasurable. While baseball was his first love, Don also played hockey and spent years with the Belle River Goodtimers and more recently played golf with his twice weekly ‘golf buddies’. Don was a 3rd degree member of the Fr. Nicholas Point Council #4375. Don and his family will be eternally grateful for the exceptional care provided by Dr. Kanjeekal and nurse Lynn; Chris and all of Donnie’s “Cancer Clinic girls” who he loved to tease and shared laughs with. Also to the late Darrell Ellwood who provided Don with guidance and support upon his diagnosis with Multiple Myeloma 6.5 years ago and inspired not only Don's tireless fight but encouraged him to provide the same support to others battling the disease. Donnie lived a successful, enjoyed and inspirational life, determined, disciplined and tough to the end. Family and Friends are invited to come celebrate his life at WINDSOR CHAPEL (Banwell Chapel) 11677 Tecumseh Rd E. 519-254-7234 on and K of C Prayers at . Visitation will continue on at St. Anne Church in Tecumseh (12333 Tecumseh Rd. E.) from until Funeral Mass at Cremation to follow. If you so desire, donations to the Hospice of Windsor Residence or the Tecumseh Baseball Club would be appreciated. Online condolences and cherished memories may be left at www.windsorchapel.com.
Death of Myles Morrish
November 10, 2016
The following message is issued by the North Dufferin Baseball League Executive upon learning of the death of Myles Morrish:
"It is with sadness that the North Dufferin Baseball League Executive learned of the death of Myles Morrish of Creemore who passed away earlier today.
"Myles played his baseball career in Creemore with the Barons during the 1980s and 1990s and later with the Braves in the 2000s. He won numerous championships throughout his career.
"Myles enjoyed playing with the Dufferin-Simcoe Rockers oldtimers team reconnecting with many teammates and opponents from his earlier playing days and making new friends across the province on other teams.
"Joining the league executive in 2007 as vice president, Myles took an active role and was a loyal supporter of the league over his three years of service. He took a leading part in league events and activities throughout his term. In addition Myles was often seen at ballparks all summer long, enjoying the game with friends and former teammates, which he continued to do so this past season.
"We express our condolences to his wife Kelly and son Mack, to his nephew Brad Grieveson and the extended family. Myles presence around the ball park and his humour will be missed."
Morrish, Myles passed away peacefully on Thursday November 10, 2016 at Mount Sinai Hospital in his 55th year. Myles husband of Kelly, father of Mack will be lovingly remembered by his sister Shelley (Pat) Paradis, sister in law Linda Grieveson and his many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Roger and Mary, his brothers Fred 'Bud' Grieveson and Mort Morrish and sister Vicki. Myles will be missed by all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held at the New Lowell Legion at 1 p.m. on Saturday November 19, 2016. In lieu of flowers donations to New Lowell Minor Baseball or the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated.
Written by Tom Manuel............
With great sadness we report the passing of a true pioneer of Vintage Baseball in Ontario. Clair Seeley was one of the founders of Vintage Baseball in 1979, when together with Lanark, Niagara Falls and Barrie he brought an oldtimers team from Renfrew and the Federation was created. Under Clairs leadership, older baseball players ( 35+ ) now have a venue to get together and compete, in the spirit of friendship and goodwill within the game of baseball.He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, both on and of the field. As a catcher, even into his 70's, he had a passion for how the game should be played and he always led by example. Later he saw a need for older divisions and 45+ and 50+ ( Masters ) were created, again, under Clairs leadership.Those of us who remain, enjoying baseball in its purest form, the way Clair Seeley foresaw it " in the spirit of friendship and goodwill within the game of baseball ", will not forget your contribution. Thank you and, Rest in Peace.
Obituary for Clair Seeley
CLAIR BENNETT SEELEY
In the calm of the early morning, Clair (CB) Seeley passed away peacefully on June 2, 2015 at the Hospice in Renfrew. Clair’s passion for sport, coaching and education, commitment to community and love of family will be dearly missed by all, but none more than Esther (McLachlin), his wife of 62 years, and his children Cheryl (Jeff Dillon), Rob (Patricia), Kim (Fred Wijsman) and Ritchie (Liz DeVillers) and his brother Jay Lockerbie (Marjorie). Grandfather to Craig (Justine) and Kirk Dillon, Josh and Trevor Seeley, Hannah and Keltie Wijsman and Jason Seeley. Great grandpa to Brody, Nash and Duggan Dillon and Samira and Liam Seeley. Born in Brockville, Ontario, Clair was raised by his loving Aunt Jennie and Uncle Percy Lockerbie where he attended elementary school and grew up playing baseball. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill University and a Master in Education at Ottawa University. Clair made a lifetime contribution to the public school system as a teacher, principal, superintendent, trustee and director of education. Clair’s zest for life, optimism, kindness, gentlemanly ways, and mentorship have left a lasting effect on many. Please come and share your memories with us at the visitation to be held at McPhail and Perkins Funeral Home (85 Munroe Ave E, Renfrew, Ont) on Friday, June 5th from or at Clair’s Celebration of Life (“Bottom of the Ninth” event) evening from at RCAF Wing Lounge, 164 Argyle St. S. A private church service will be held. Donations to Hospice Renfrew or Trinity St. Andrews United Church, Renfrew, Ontario would be welcomed.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bryan Kirkland Hart on March 23, 2015, at the age of 75. Bryan has now been reunited with his beloved wife, Julie (2006). Dearly loved father of Heather Eatson (Michael), and Kyle (Lisa). Papa will be sadly missed by Samantha and Jakob Hart, Eric and Graeme Eatson. Brother of Gary (Mary Anne) Hart and brother in law of Don (Sally) Read.
Bryan was a devoted sports fan and contributed to the Niagara sports scene for many years. He was a player, coach and builder of baseball, basketball, football, as well as an avid golfer. Bryan was an inductee of the Niagara Falls Sports Hall Of Fame.
Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel of HETHERINGTON AND DEANS 5176 Victoria Ave. on Monday, March 30, 7-9 PM. A service to celebrate Bryan's life will be held at Stamford United Church, 3855 St Peter Street on Tuesday, March 31, at 11am.
In memory of Bryan, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.
Online tributes and condolences may be made atwww.hetheringtonanddeans.com
Bart (Wayne) Maves - Niagara Falls
MAVES, Bart (Wayne) – The family of Bart sadly announce his passing on December 24, 2014 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. Beloved husband of Dorothy for 50 years. Adoring father of Michael (Leah) and Alexandra Maves DeVellis (Paul). Cherished grandfather of Jackson, Julia, Hannah and Wyatt.
Dear brother of Sadie Mesler (late Albert), Vera Bradley (late Roy), Charles (late Helene), June Cunningham (Alan), Max (Beverly), R.G. “Butch” (Pearl), Suzanne Jones (Ron), Patsy Beemer (late Larry), Peter (Paula) and sister-in-law Margaret Maves and Roy Hunchberger (Debbie) and Michael Hunchberger. Loved by many nieces and nephews in Canada and the US. Predeceased by parents Charles and Clara Maves, brothers Norman, Sidney and his wife Ottlie, Reginald “Ike” and his wife Sarah, sisters Ruby Maves, Lois Leigh and her husband John and Jean Maves.
Bart is at Morse & Son Funeral Home, 5917 Main Street, Niagara Falls where his family will receive friends on Monday, December 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Private family service. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Project Share.
Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morseandson.com
John (Jack) Wright - Carleton Place
DIed suddenly at home, on Monday December 22, 2014 at the age of 70.
Dear brother of Pattie Gordon. Proud uncle of Shamus Mac Gordon (Lise) and Matthew Gordon (Stacey). Great-uncle of Gavin. John will be missed by his many cousins and friends.
Visitation will take place at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on and and until the funeral service in the chapel at Inurnment at United Cemetery in the spring.
For those who wish a donation to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family
Milan (Milo) Michael - Chippawa Indians
MICHAEL, Milan (Milo) - 1927-2014 - With profound loss, sadness, and pride, we wish to share that Milo left us on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Betti, his children and their families- Wayne (Becky, Ryan, Lauren); Alan (Katharine, David, Jamie, Kayla, Lacy, Matthew); Brian; B. Anne (Stephen, Spencer). Survived by his brothers Albin and George (Alice), sister, Suzie, nieces, nephews and extended family. Special mention of great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Claire, Thomas, Ruby, Octavius, and Zavien. Pre deceased by his loving daughter, Sandra (survived by her children, Joel and Jesse); his brothers John, David, Bill, and sister, Mary. Milo had a spirit and determination to play hockey and baseball until his last "bat". Falling short by four years of his goal, he is remembered and respected by all who shared a diamond or the ice with him, as a gentleman, fierce competitor, with a never quit attitude in sports and life. Milo’s sports accomplishments are noted in Welland and Thorold on the Sports Wall of Fame. Milo’s body was no longer capable of sustaining and housing his spirit and unrelenting desire to live forever. His love of life and sheer stubborn mindset to never die gifted him with cherished hours, days, weeks, months and years. His essence is an inspiration to us all to value, respect and ring every minute out of life. Never without a smile, a story or joke, Milo’s request of a private family remembrance is being honoured by his family. Donations gratefully accepted to the "Friends of Saint Paul’s Heritage Center" in Port Robinson, Milo’s home town his entire life, care of Betti Michael, P.O Box 76, Port Robinson ON, L0S 1K0 or at the Thorold Community Credit Union, Thorold ON. When the sun sets, ballpark lights shine, the teams take the field….Milo will be there in the swing of a bat, rounding third and heading for home…smiling, never quitting, until the last out and beyond. Arrangements entrusted to WELLAND CREMATION SERVICE 905-735-7957 On line donations and condolences at www.wellandcremation.com
Ross Hill - Oakville Golden A's
A Great Player, an even better teammate!!!
Ross Hill, 57, passed away unexpectedly Sunday August 17th 2014. He is survived by his wife, Bunny, his three children Shawna (Andre), Daniel (Ashley), Jesse and his three grandchildren, Tyler, Samantha and Justin. Pre-deceased by his parents Thelma and Les Hill. Loving brother to Fred (Debbie), Paul (Cathy) and Lea (Carlos honey). Family will receive friends at the O’Neill Funeral Home 6324 Main St. Stouffville 905-642-2855 for visitation from 6 - 9 p.m. on Friday August 22, 2014. A celebration of Ross life will take place at Eastridge Missionary Church, 12485 Tenth Line,Stouffville on Saturday August 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. A reception will follow at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 13242 10th Line, Stouffville. In lieu in flowers, donations can be made in Ross’s name to Right to Play Canada (www.righttoplay.ca <http://www.righttoplay.ca/>). Online condolences can be made at oneillfuneral.ca
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” #9
Obituary for Dan Lamb
1952 – 2013
Surrounded by his loving family at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Dan Lamb of Tillsonburg, passed away peacefully in his 61st year. Loving, supportive father of Tammie Lisabeth and her husband Shawn of Fairground; Trevor Lamb and his wife Tara of Tillsonburg; Tyler Lamb and his girlfriend Christina Langrell of Tillsonburg. Devoted grandfather to Taylor Lisabeth, Travis and Trent Lamb. Survived by his father Sam Lamb (Mary Anne VanGeertruyde), brother Terry (Pat) Lamb, sister Kelly (Dale) Springer. Uncle to several nieces and nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Predeceased by his mother Dorothy (1982), sister Deb (2008) and her husband Max (2003). Dan was a dedicated Police Officer for Tillsonburg Police, and the Oxford OPP for 34 years. He was also involved with Tillsonburg Baseball, Ladies Slo-Pitch as a coach, Tillsonburg Minor Hockey, Vienna Masonic Lodge #237, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an avid grounds keeper of the Tillsonburg, and Walsingham Ball Diamonds, and many other ball diamonds throughout Ontario. He was an avid golfer, a very competitive cribbage player, he enjoyed curling, and remained a member of the Tillsonburg Royal Canadian Legion Br. #153, and was a member of his church St. Paul’s United Church in Tillsonburg. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive family and friends at Ostrander’s Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 on Monday, January 28, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held on Monday evening under the auspice of Vienna Masonic Lodge #237 at 6:30 p.m. Memorial service for Dan will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Tillsonburg on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Glenn Baker, and Rev. Maurice Francis officiating. Interment will be at Tillsonburg Cemetery at a later date. At the family’s request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to St. Paul’s United Church, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, or Tillsonburg Minor Ball Association. Personal condolences can be made at www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com
Gentleman with great sadness to let you know we have lost another pillar from Vintage Baseball
Terry Scott from Carleton Place
A real gentleman (both on and off the field) who coached the Carleton Place ball club "Olde Ballers"
Ken "Hawk" Dickin
The York Diamonds are heartbroken to announce the passing of legendary pitcher Ken Dicken this past weekend. The "Hawk" was loved by all who came in contact with him, and the void his passing leaves is indescribable. Below is his obituary and then some remembrances from many past and present players who had the privilege of being able call the Hawk their teammate and friend.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Kenneth Wayne Dickin on November 18, 2012 in his 63rd year at his home in Weston. Predeceased by his beloved mother Irene Mae (Moody) and his father Galbraith Dickin. Dear and devoted brother to his sisters Donna (John), Lynda (Rand) and Carol (Bob). Most cherished and favourite uncle to Darla (Pat), Deanna (Darrin), Jessie (Geoff), Sarah (Duncan), Jayne (Dane) and Kimberly (Jim). Adored great-uncle to his growing family of great-nieces and great-nephews. Our hearts reach out to all of his friends near and far who shared in his passion for life. He was taken from us too early and he will live in our hearts forever. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Ave) Weston on Thursday from 12 noon until the time of service in the chapel at 1pm. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
"This is a sad sad day!
This was a great person and gentleman who enoyed life and enjoyed all people around him,
Ken , was an icon to me, a great friend, and he hated nobody!
He respected everyone! didnt matter how old you were or even if he didnt know you.
Truly a sad day in life and York baseball history.
He will be missed!
He was the best!
God bless him for being great person!"
"Kenny and I (and another guy named Peter Mancini) started this cliub in the 80's. Peter and I wanted to put a team into this league but needed a park. We called York Parks and Rec to see if we could get Keelesdale but knew it was a very long shot. Thanks to our lucky stars though we got in touch with the best start of all when we called... a guy named Ken. We asked him if Keelesdale had an open night for us to put this team in the MSBL as the league was called back them. The first thing he said was "Do you need a pitcher?". We said yes. He said "You got a park." and that's how the York Cardinals started and soon after amalgamated with Rick Yez, Kevin Phillips and Grizz's team.
I am so sad right now like all of you. It was so unexpected and does not seem fair. We have such a good group of baseball friends as a direct result of this team. And we all feel a special brotherhood. Kenny was our oldest brother and an inspiration to everyone."
John Bissylas #8
"We all know Hawk was a great guy . I had the pleasure of playing against him starting in 1983 and then as a team mate many years later . In his prime he was a unbelievably great ball player . He could do it all , he had all the tools and as much as you think hawk was a mellow guy he was a prick to play against and a very smart player . I don’t think any one of us could touch his skill level back then . Just ask Biss , Zak, YEZ, Donnie cantwell, “ Q “ Shannon, corn brothers and so on . He was the BEST in the league many years running . I used to hate playing against him .Instead of trying to beat him I joined him and he was even a better teammate than a baseball player. All you old bastards know what I,m talking about .
God Bless Ya Hawk"
Paul Cancelli #36
"When I think of Hawk, I'll always remember how loyal he was. When we played in the over 35 Nationals in 2011, even though he was playing for Oakville (he felt he couldn't let those teammates down), he still came to our games, pulled on his York cap and jersey and sat with the team and cheered us on. This season, along with Bobby, Greg, and Grizz, he came out to our championship final games on a freezing October day to support us once again.
I loved catching for him. More than once I had to laugh as a bewildered hitter would mumble to himself and shake his head on his way back to the dugout after Kenny bamboozled him with that big windup and ever-changing release points.
Hawk was also about the last guy on the team I expected to show up at BP and announce, hey, I just met Playboy's Miss January 1999 (she was a friend of his niece apparently).
He was a class act in every way and I'll miss seeing him on a summer Thursday night. We should put up a #49 Hawk plaque or sign at ballpark so that he is always there with us. What I learned in ten years of being away from Keelesdale is that it's always home, that once you have put on the York jersey you'll always belong, and Kenny is a big part of that, even with his passing."
Rich Freeman #20
"I think that the e-mail below sums it up for me.
After having to decline an over-35 invitation for a late August game (for family reasons), Ken wrote back to me with the following sage-like advice/perspective.
Hey Dan , just show up play catch. ...all the Best , Ken ( the old guy)"
Dan Fiorita #21
"The world just lost a great man."
Andrew Lance #11
"Hawk was a fierce competitor and a truly great guy.I have the utmost respect for him as a human being and we will miss him."
Don "Bammer" Cantwell #33
"Looking back to Cooperstown, we were all disappointed not to get the game in due to the field conditions. As Neil said earlier, Ken fully understood the groundskeepers stance that the field was unplayable but made a plea to at least have us dress and on field for a few pics which we all appreciated. Ken kept chatting with the guy down the left field line. As we were all making our way off the field to go change in the parking lot, Ken told me to hang on for a minute and go grab my glove. He pulls out a ball from his back pocket and steps up to the mound for about 10 pitches. No warm up, didn’t have to move my glove. I knew how much it meant to him. He could now say he toed the rubber at Doubleday Field.
Spring 2011, Ken asked me to help him with a little project of his. He needed a business card designed to help launch his new endeavour as a consultant. Not just any consultant mind you, a Zen and Leisure Consultant. He was reading "The Way of Baseball, finding stillness at 95mph" by former Blue Jay Shawn Green. He liked the graphic on the book cover. This got his creative juices flowing. He asked me if I could take his two passions in life, baseball and golf, and somehow combine them with the Yin/Yang symbol. His art direction was superb. So baseball, golf ball and YinYang become one. Zen is off and running. He also thought about adding the words "tempo, rhythm and balance". Maybe that was his secret that kept him playing at a high level. So grateful, he officially anointed me a "Zen Master". I thought that was pretty cool as I didn’t know of anyone with that handle. To my disappointment he later told me that the marketplace wasn’t in big need for Zen Masters. It also doesn’t pay very well, and that he might only need about 30 business cards instead of the usual 500. Then he would laugh.
I can hear him now passing along some soft-spoken, zen-like, sage advice. Usually followed by his infectious, bellowous laughter. A true gentleman. We will miss him dearly. Thanks for the memories Ken."
Greg Shannon #17
"I've always admired how he enjoyed and made the most out of life.
John Raddi #35
"Sometimes it's the little things we cherish the most when suddenly someone is no longer with us. I will always remember him coming to many of our games, always cheerful, and throwing the ball with me in right field before each inning. He always learned the new guys' names quickly and cheered us on. Even in games 6 and 7 of the playoffs this year I'll never forget how he verbally took on some of the Pirates and the crappy umpire to try and fire us up from the stands. He was truly a fierce competitor and a hell of a nice guy."
Brent Sterling #12
"Very sad day indeed. Lots of great memories of this wonderful positive person. He was our ageless leader who new that baseball was a only a game meant for fun,and to be enjoyed. To a point, a parallel with life. Many memories all fun. My last one walking back to the car with Ken and my son Grayson during the Diamonds final game this year and Ken offered my son some pitching tips for the upcoming season. We all agreed to this thoughtful gesture and said goodbye. That's Kenny for you .I will miss u a lot. He also led us in our first championship in 1990 not only in pitching but a suicide squeeze he executed while I was on 3rd with 2 outs but as I'm writing this the squeeze may have occurred in 93 against the Colts to get us in the finals against the A,s in Toronto.
It's 1990 and were in a tourney in Peterborough. Hawk is pitching and Johnny Biss is on first base as per usual back then.A slow roller is hit between first base and the mound .Hawk and Biss both go for it until Hawk calls Biss off .In my mind at this point I'm saying "no way your getting this guy" Then Hawk proceeds to "soccer kick" the ball to Biss for an unbelievable out and the best most unique play I've ever seen or been a part of.Zen like indeed.We ended up winning the game,the tourney and then were disqualified.
He did it All!"
Rob "Grizz" Fraser #22
H"awk was the nicest guy I've ever known. Remember we went to Cooperstown in August 2001 to play an exhibition game at the famed Cooperstown park, but it rained so hard that the field Manager told us it was too wet to play. We were all so upset and angry at this decision, but Hawk was the only one who stepped up and had the patience and understanding that the field was simply unplayable. He was a real leader, and true gentleman."
Neil Parekh #11
"It is in our memories that Ken (Hawk) will live on.
My first memory of him was the evening of my first game with you all on the Diamonds. Ken was one of the first to shake my hand that night and introduce himself. I can remember thinking to myself "with a name like Hawk, I better bring my "A" game tonight".
Funny enough, my last memories were on the evening Paul arranged for us to get back together. I walked up from the club house, after many years of not playing, through the gate. To find Hawk standing there with yet another welcoming hand shake. And then hearing him yell "that a boy"! from the on deck circle as I took BP..
He was a man that loved the game, and lived for being around others that do as well.
I look forward to attending any event in his honour. And hearing many more great memories of the Hawk from you all."
Tyler Sloan #3
"I remember him coming to the park and always saying hi with a smile and always cheerful, it was so much pleasure to see him every time. We didn't play ball together but he always made feel welcome, I warmed up many times with him. It will be hard to go back to the park an not see him occasionally.
A true gentlemen!! I will really miss him."
Manny Rodriguez #5
"For those of you who don't know, Hawk ended his York career this past summer by pitching for us in an exhibition game against a team of police officers in Aurora. He smashed a ball almost to the wall, and pitched the last inning. With Spanky behind the plate, Hawk proceeded to struck out the side.
As well, for our last three championships that were actually won on the field... In 1993, Hawk was about 42 and he pitched the last three innings of the decisive game. In 1996, the 45 year old version of Hawk threw a complete game to win our next championship. And in our glory year of 2005, as we swept the Colts, a 54 year old Hawk (who rarely played anymore) was in at first base in the ninth inning and took the final throw from Eric Foley to complete the best season in Diamonds history. He had the game balls at home from all 3 championships.
As nice a guy as he was, he was a fierce competitor and the smartest pitcher I have ever met.
He's also the one, who in his zen-like, way told me to start behaving better on the mound. Reading between the lines of his calm demenaour, his message was something along the lines of, "Get your head out of your ass, and stop showing up your infielders". He taught me how to play the game the right way.
My favourite all-time moment, was after a day of golfing Hawk was on the bench drinking coffee at 9th Line, when our catcher "accidently" drilled the umpire in the kidney with a throw. Hawk went out there to "argue" the ejection in a brown-collared golf shirt with his jersey on top, jeans, sandals, and a cup of coffee in his hand. It was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen on the ball field, and Hawk laughed about it all night.
Paul Freeman #38
"Date June 1989... 9th line ..Hawk comes into the park as we are taking BP and says "
WOW I love this diamond with the farm in the backdrop as it reminds me of the movie Field of Dreams Tom Corn replies what is that movie".. ''Tommy Corn where have you been'' Kenny replies you got to go see that movie. That movie reminds me of two people My Dad and Hawk...."
Bobby Corn #4
"I played both with and against Kenny for a bunch of years going back to the 80's.
Kenny made the best baseball play I ever saw. It was one of those hot summer "perfect day for a game" type days in Peterborough, at the Peterborough Tournament that we often went to back then on the long weekend in August. I was in the stands watching and waiting for York to finish off some team before our game started. The other guys had a bit of a rally going but Kenny wasn't too worried as he had his 56 mph fastball firing, which looked fast because his curve and change were getting up to about 47 mph that day. He had 2 outs and the batter hit a screamer back at him, which he got his glove on to knock down, but didn't quite catch. It bounded off half way between him and Bissylas who was on first. Both guys took 2 steps towards it but then realized that there was no way Bis would get it and get back to first base before the batter got there, Kenny wasn't gonna beat the batter to first either... so there was a problem. So Kenny yells "get on the bag and open your glove" and runs towards the ball, in that cool controlled laid back way that Kenny goes when he is trying to be fast but smooth. Bis gets to the bag but has no idea what is gonna happen and I'm sitting there thinking no way is he gonna get that guy out. So Kenny takes a couple more steps and kicks the ball right into Bis's open trapper and beats the guy by less than a hair to retire the side. I have no idea who won that tournament, but I remember that play 25 plus years after it happened. Not only would Kenny be the only guy to think that play would work, but he is the only one who have had the balls to try that with the game on the line. Typical of the way he played and lived.
The game will go on for a lot of us, but it will be missing something. Kenny will be missed by all those, whose life he touched. RIP my friend!"
Greg Macdonald - Mississauga Colt 45's
"At the young age of 20, I was invited to a try out by Manager Dave Quenell to join the York Diamonds. Not knowing anyone on the team, I was a bit nervous, but was warmly greeted by a couple of the existing players. After taking some swings in BP, one of the guys yelled out "Nice Cuts"! It was none other than Hawk. His two words of encouragement was all I needed to feel comfortable with the team. Later that year, I was struggling in a slump, and was 0 for 3 in a close game. My head was down, and Hawk asked me what was wrong. After telling him that I was struggling, he calmly said "Forget about the past, and concentrate on your next at bat.....that's the one that matters". On my next at bat I hit a single and knocked in an RBI to tie the game. I later said "Thanks" to Hawk for that advice, but the funny part is that I have repeated that exact same line to many other guys I have played with when they are struggling, and I always remember Hawk's face and expression when he first gave it to me. I've not only used it in baseball, but also in life. No matter what problems you have, or have gone through, you have to put the past behind you, and focus on the next event that can change your life. The York Diamonds won the Championship in that first year that I joined the team! We all celebrated at a local bar called the "QB". I sat beside Hawk at the bar and it was only then that I turned to him and said...."Hawk, I don't even know your real name!".
I am extremely sad that I have lost my dear friend, but I will always remember the calm way he approached life, friendships, and baseball. #49 is a York Diamond For Life!"
Rudy Naraine #10
"For many years, we would all show up at Keelesdale for stretching and BP.
While all of us lazy slugs were lying around on the infield grass, grinding out our 43 seconds of stretches and spinning tales, Ken would religiously be doing his "penguin shuffle" lap around the ballyard. Quimby would often say that's what happens to you in your 30's. Ken was very inspirational to me and we would often have talks about the important things in life. I was after all, "the calmer one". I was Ken's catcher for many years and enjoyed every moment of a game he was pitching. It was a lot of fun.
A great friend, true gentleman, hell of nice guy and fantastic baseball man. I am sure he has found a sand lot and some guys to play with. It's right beside the golf course. God bless."
Chris McAleer #4
"Although I didn't spend as much time with Hawk as many of you did I also have many memories of Kenny!
How he ALWAYS had positive comments on the bench and off the field. The times that we talked were nothing but pleasant.
How at one game at Bob's park Hawk and I were fetching all the baseballs that went over the home plate into the woods!
How every time before the game at batting practice he would throw and would not let me go until my last swing was hit hard enough for Hawk to say "atta boy" that was a great cut!
How he gave me advise on my Achilles' tendon injury as he told me how serious it was because himself going through in the past.
I guess Kenny touched many lives in one way or another in a positive way and I'm sure his legacy will be with us for as long as we all live.
You will be missed but never forgotten!!!"
Andre Contreras #30
"I have to admit that I'm feeling a little lost and emotional with the passing of our friend. There have been so many heart felt tributes and reminiscences that speak to the quality of the ballplayer and, more so, the man. Understandably, as another old guy (but not quite as old), I participated or was present at many of the ball escapades previously mentioned. Apart from the great play, I'll relish and appreciate the finer details and nuances of Ken's game.
As a catcher, you try to achieve some synchronicity with your pitcher. At times, this is difficult, but it never seemed as hard with Ken. Of course, at times, he would often drag me (in typically subtle fashion), 'kicking and screaming', to his way of thinking. He was usually right. His was a cerebral approach.
I think that baseball was a metaphor of life for Ken. I believe that going forward Ken would want us to carry on our own individual journeys with the same selflessness and humanity that he demonstrated in his life.
Teammate, mentor, friend. He played the game and lived life the right way.
Godspeed my friend."
Rick Yez #9
"Kenny was one of the real good ones. I will miss his smile and seeing him on the field.
But even more i will miss playing with or against him. Though I really only got to know Kenny personally over the last few years. There was nothing I didnt like or respect about him. A great guy,competitor and friend. I will miss him. Please pass on my condolences to his family."
Jim Skevington Tillsonburg Old Sox/ Oakville A's
"This was sad news to share with our ball team. We all know the empty feeling left when a guy like Kenny passes unexpectantly. He played for the love of the game and we can all take his gentlemen spirit to continue playing as long as we can."
Jim Scriver - Barrie Over/35
Passing of Neil Campbell
Passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the age of 50. Neil Campbell, loving husband of Elizabeth. Loving father of Daniel ‘C.J.’ (Morgen) and Katlyn (David). Cherished son of Duncan and Lorna. Brother of Grant (Joan), Greg (Tanis) and Peggy (Paul) Bouzis. Neil will be missed by his nieces and nephews. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent Street, (just north of Cundles Rd.) Barrie on Thursday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12 o’clock p.m. with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca .
• Thursday July 19, 2012 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Adams Funeral Home
• Thursday July 19, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adams Funeral Home
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• Friday July 20, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Adams Funeral Home
The following message is issued by the North Dufferin Baseball League
Executive upon learning of the death of Bud Anderson:
"It is with profound sadness that the North Dufferin Baseball League
Executive learned of the death of Bud Anderson of Lisle who passed away
Mr. Anderson was dedicated to the League and the sport of baseball. He
played and coached with Lisle from 1953 until the late 1970s winning
five League championships. He served three terms on the Executive as
President and oversaw many of the changes to the League during the 1970s
and 1980s. For his outstanding service, he was awarded the prestigious
'President's Award' in 1987.
A great promoter of local baseball, he was always around the Lisle ball
diamond coaching or watching his sons Doug and Tom and grandson Scott.
Mr. Anderson continued to follow the League and provided advice and
support. More recently he helped organize the Presidents' Reunion in
Mr. Anderson was also a founding member of the Dufferin-Simcoe Rockers
oldtimers baseball team in 1982 and their coach from the team's
inception to 2000. He was inducted into the Ontario Vintage Baseball
Federation's Hall of Fame in 1995 for his service to oldtimers baseball
in the province.
On behalf of the League, we remember his service and express our most
sincere condolences to the Anderson Family, his many baseball teammates
and friends, and the Lisle community."
Funeral details will be forthcoming.