Member Statement December 5, 2018 – Remembering Bob Van Impe
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I would like to pay tribute to a well-known and deeply loved sportsman, builder, and volunteer in Saskatchewan, Canadian, and international sports communities — Bob Van Impe. On November 16th, Bob passed away at 96 years old. The fastball world lost a dedicated citizen and I lost a really lovely constituent who had lived in Riversdale for a very long time. A youthful Bob Van Impe played recreational softball during the Second World War. His love for the sport inspired him to begin an important role as a builder and an administrator. After organizing a team in the Saskatoon Amateur Softball League, and after becoming the first commissioner of the league, Bob was elected president of the Canadian Amateur Softball Association in 1969. As Bob grew active and renowned in the international softball scene, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Olympic Association. His subsequent awards to recognize his many contributions include the some of following: in 1979, Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year; in 1984, Saskatoon’s Bob Van Impe Stadium was named in his honour; in 1987, induction into the International Softball Hall of Fame; in 1990, induction into Softball Canada’s Hall of Fame. Perhaps Bob’s greatest gift was his enthusiastic leadership. He loved working with others to develop personal excellence and vibrant sports communities. Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in offering condolences to the Van Impe family as they celebrate the life and contributions of Bob Van Impe. Thank you.
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