Bill Whitbread Tournament, 2022-2023 (Caledon Minor Hockey Association)

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Submitted By Melissa Lester on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 (783 views)
2023 BILL WHITBREAD TOURNAMENT IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION 

Bill Whitbread was born and raised in Bolton where he worked for the local newspaper, Caledon Enterprise for over 60 years. Bill was the editor of the newspaper and a well-respected journalist until he retired.  His passion for writing continued after retirement as Bill stayed on part time with the newspaper to write his weekly Sports and Days of Yore columns. Whitbread loved watching all sports, whether it be professional sports on television or a local Bolton team competing at the community parks and arenas. Whitbread was one of the organizers of Bolton Minor Hockey in 1959 and was the first President. He started a house league for boys aged 6-12 years and had four teams during the first year. He also coached and refereed during that time.  He later served as Treasurer and Registrar on the Executive. Whitbread was the recipient of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) George H Carver Media award for in-depth reporting over the years. Bill and his wife Amelia had three children who were involved in sports.  Bill remained involved in youth sports coaching his children's rep softball teams for several years.Bill's passion was writing sports and he had a way with words like no other. He would carefully digest the results of a game sheet and then articulate that same game sheet into a story. When reading the article, you would have thought he was at the game.  He had nicknames for all the kids around town and enjoyed giving those kids their time to shine with a headline or two in the newspaper. Bill also known by many as Scoop received several awards over the years for journalism, particularly for his efforts covering community sports at schools and organizations.Sadly, Bill passed away on April 13, 2014, doing what he loved, writing his column in the office. His legacy lives on in his family.

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