- YES he was great guy to work with
- August 22, 2011 - 08:50
as young man i worked with Freddie and a young lanky fellow called Robin Short covering nfld senior hockey for Western Star out of Corner Brook; during glory days for (my generation anyway) of the 1980s; Freddie indeed was a great fellow to work with; never took himself to seriously; we had quite a battle when senior hockey big wigs - with help of stjohns caps - left Herder Trophy home when Corner Brook Royals won championship in 85 or 86; but he never held a grudge; was a true professional who appreciated that i was just a green rookie local sports reporter trying to get to facts and truth of what exactly went on at the time; Freddie was only a young man back then himself; we also both shared a great love for sport of fastpitch softball too; i a was long time coach of my small hometown team; allbeit we played on different level out on west coast; than this legendary coach and the national caliber teams that he guided to so many successes; he had a great love for the sport and did not mind sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience about the game; my deepest sympathy to his family; i was very saddened to hear of his passing at such a young age
- August 21, 2011 - 04:14
Very nice tribute Robin. I think many of us have had a "Freddie" in our lives, someone who gave us our first break or was supportive throughout our careers. Great people, not only because of what they do, but because they do it quietly without seeking any recognition or accolades. Hopefully, we too let our Freddie's know how much they mean to us and how grateful we are for their support. And doing the same for others would be the best way to honour their contributions to our lives and any others they may have touched through the years.
- NL TURF
- August 21, 2011 - 02:03
Never met the man, but growing up in that area, and era, everyone and I mean everyone, knew Freddie!! He was the Higher Levels Softball, KING! Just south of Rabbit town, Soccer was King , but there were pockets of softball, still in that area - Gear Street for instance, the shortest street in John's of Saint , that per capita,produced a very large number of quality softball players, that ever played in this city. They all knew Freddie!! Ironically, the very short street, that hit the stop sign, in the absolute middle of Gear Street, a street named Franklin Ave., probably produced, per capita, the most quality soccer players in the country. Freddie , a guy I never knew , will be remembered as a kid who grew up in his local neighbourhood, and wanted to see softball, be put on the map, locally, Province wide and Nationally. Fom the number of kids who have gave testimonials, to that effect , he accomplished what he set out to , in spades!!! In short - he was great guy!! A guy whom I never met , but will remember!!