NEVILLE KEEFE – Nominated by Nancy Keefe,
Neville Keefe attended school in Penetanguishene and Midland before attending the University of Toronto in 1934. In 1936, he joined the University wrestling team, competing in over 20 competitions in-volving at least 40 bouts. He won the club Championship and was awarded the letter "T" and a medal.
He then competed against wrestling teams from McGill, Queen’s and Western as well as international teams out of Buffalo, Syracuse and Detroit. Neville emerged from these competitions winning the gold medal in his 125-pound class!
In 1937-38, he was a member of the University Toronto Senior Boxing, Wrestling and Fenc¬ing Team. During that time, he became the Intercollegiate Champion Wrestler in the 125-pound class, earning him his second Universi¬ty of Toronto letter "T" and the Intercollegiate Wrestling Gold Medal.
Murray Griffin - Nominated by Helen Griffin,
Having moved to this area after his retirement with his wife Helen, the natural swimmer and former Canadian professional football player and coach participated in the 1985 World's Master Games held in Toronto. He entered five events, winning a medal in each one.
The first was the Medley Relay where his team set a world record. Then he entered the Three Mile Swim at Kelso Lake where he won a bronze, adding another bronze in the 400 metre Freestyle, a bronze in the 400 metre Backstroke and a fifth place finish in the 200 metre Backstroke. All this at the age of 72!
In August of that year, Murray Griffin was inducted into the World Society of Master Medalists and in 1988, was nominated to receive the Ontario Achievement Award presented by the Provincial Government Senior Citizens Affairs Department.
DONALD QUIGLEY - Nominated by John Desroches,
An astute hockey man, Don’s success as a minor hockey coach started immediately in 1963-64 where his Little NHL Junior "A" team won the Ontario BB and B championship. They beat teams such as Huntsville, Thornhill , Orangeville, and Newmarket. His team was also Georgian Bay Champions. The next two years, he coached the Penetanguishene Junior "C" Hurons.
In 1966-67, his young Tyke team won the prestigious Streetsville Tournament defeating Dixie, Markham, Duffield and, during a two game playoff, crushed the Toronto Olympics. He was named the coach of the Tournament of Champions, the Midland and Penetanguishene Tournament BB series AHL.
In 1968-69, Don won the Dr. Binkley Award for the Best Coach in Penetanguishene Minor Hockey. In 1971, Don won the `Most Valuable Coach' award and the Order of the Acorn in the Streetsville Tyke Tournament.
Peter Dubeau - Nominated by David Desroches,
A former Junior "C" and Intermediate hockey player, Peter Dubeau soon turned his attention to coaching and managing hockey teams in town.
His coaching career began in 1971 when he guided the Bantam Rep team, a position he held for five years. In 1976, he and Max Cowan were instrumental in forming a Juvenile team that went on to the All-Ontario Finals in the spring of 1977.
Later that summer, he along with Max Cowan, made a successful pitch to the OHA to bring back a Jr. ‘C’ franchise in the town. He was involved as coach of the ‘Kings’ for five years from 1978 and then manager for the next twelve.
A testament to his abilities as a coach and manager lay in winning the Georgian Bay Cham¬pionship 6 out of 7 years; and in 1983-84 winning the Ontario Junior "C" championship. That year his Kings beat Stayner, Mid¬land, Parry S o u n d , Alliston, Bowmanville and Wood¬stock.
Ladies Red Socks - Nominated by Sandy Dubeau,
Competing in the Intermediate Ladies Softball Division, this ‘spur of the moment’ team came together at the last minute yet they went on to have a great season, winning the Georgian Bay Championship. They lost their first ‘B’ series, which placed them against Ildderton, in the ‘C’ division. The local girls didn’t look back by winning two straight, 8-7 and 4-0.
In the All Ontario ‘C’ Finals, they defeated Belleville 9-8 in the first game at home at McGuire Park but lost the next very heated and emotional contest 15-13 on the road. The third and deciding game was played on neutral territory where they prevailed 10-9, winning the All Ontario "C" Champion crown. This group of ball players would win four straight Georgian Bay Soft Ball Championships in a row!
Team members - JoAnn McGinnis, Lorraine Moreau, Carol Cruise, Susan Heels, Lorna DeVillers, Marilyn Morasse (Quesnelle), Joanne Ladouceur, Marianne Dahmer,(St.Amant), Gayle (Chevy) Hamelin, Joan Butson, Gail Kingsley, Susan Grigg and Sandy Dubeau. Coaches - Ron Marchildon, Francis St.Amant, Felix Ladouceur and Peter Grigg,
1974 Pee Wees - Nominated by Anita Dubeau & Wade Cadeau,
This young hockey team had a very successful season by first capturing the prestigious North American Silver Stick Tournament in Port Huron, Michigan. They won three straight games, beating Mooretown from the USA, Dieppe from New Brunswick and Stoney Creek. Three members of the team, Keith Dumas, Brian Brooks and David Cadeau, were named to the tournament All-Star Team.
Next, they captured the Georgian Bay Minor Hockey Association Championship and then the All-Ontario Championship by defeating Collingwood, Huntsville, Milton, Markham and finally Stoney Creek again, in a dramatic six game series. Their coach Bert Dubeau was named Coach of the Year.
Pictured L-R Front row: Tom Hook, Jamie Gillespie, Keith Press, Greg St.Amant, Brian Brooks, Robert Quesnelle, David Cadeau, Keith Dumais
Second Row: Terry King, Randy Leroux, Danny LeClair, Steve Buttineau, Ray Paradis
Back Row: Chris McConnell, Roy Ferguson, Jerry Lethbridge, Mark Dubeau (stick boy), Bert Dubeau (coach), John Dubeau (trainer)..