Jack Lee honoured with WOAA builder award - July 27, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The late Jack Lee, formerly of Londesborough and Blyth, was honoured over the weekend by the Western Ontario Athletic Association. Lee, who passed away in 2013, was honoured as a community sports builder.
Lee was honoured at the organization’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Banquet held in Wingham on Saturday night. He was nominated by the Blyth Lions Club, Ryan Lee, Chris Lee and the Stewart brothers, all of Blyth.
The Lions Club detailed a number of Lee’s achievements in its nomination, including his work with area hockey referees for an annual Lions-sponsored hockey tournament.
“For 35 years the Lions Club hosted the Blyth Little Lion Novice Hockey Tournament. Jack Lee scheduled the referees for this annual tournament,” the nomination read. “He volunteered his time to referee numerous games throughout the tournament each year and never requested or accepted payment for any of those games.”
Beyond the Lions tournament, Lee was well known as the man in charge of hockey refereeing in Blyth for decades.
Lee held the position of referee-in-chief for the Blyth Minor Hockey Association for a number of years, scheduling all referees for all Blyth games during that time.
“He recruited and encouraged many young athletes to take up refereeing. He provided training for these new referees both on-ice and off-ice. He was always there to assist new referees throughout difficult situations,” the nomination read. “As new rules were introduced, he would attend team practice sessions to explain rule changes and outline situations where penalties were warranted.”
The Lions Club nomination also said that Lee played both hockey and softball in the Blyth and Londesborough areas for a number of years before taking up hockey refereeing.
Ryan Lee, treasurer of the Blyth Lions Club and Lee’s grandson, said the family was honoured to remember Lee in this way.
“We are very humbled and honoured that the Blyth Lions Club and the community of Blyth nominated Grandpa Jack for this award,” he said. “It was a great pleasure in attending the [Western Ontario Athletic Association] 75th annual banquet and knowing he will forever be a part of that organization.”