Springwater Sports Heritage

Founding Benefactor: The McGuire Trust

John Brown

Induction Award

John conscientiously served as a builder across the sporting spectrum.  His affection of all facets of athletics and compassion for others was evident in all his endeavours.  Beyond his personal athletic pursuits, John became a referee, coach, sponsor and administrator.  His predominant characteristics of understanding, empathy, leadership and innovation were admirably implemented using a win-win attitude.  His achievements in sports were exhibited through his undertakings as a hockey referee, sports columnist, assorted team and league presidencies.  In addition, he successfully coached regional and provincial championship teams. Serving his community he commendably fulfilled innumerable municipal and regional positions to achieve the posting as Simcoe County Warden.

Member Details

Category:  Builder
Induction Year:  2018
Nominator: Michael Douglas D. Patchell
Delegate: Frances Crabe
Date/Place of Birth: February 28, 1947, Collingwood ON
Date/Place of Resting:  September 1, 2006/Presbyterian Cemetary, Elmvale ON


Sports  Highlights 
     ♦  1968 - 1973 Ontario Hockey Association(O.H.A.) Linesman/Referee. ...more highlights


John was born at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.  ...more narrative


Angela Kirton remembers John's sense of humour ...more anecdotes


     ♦  Photos


Springwater Sports Heritage would like to express its appreciation for the contributions made by John's sister Fran Crabe and Mike Patchell.


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