Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DEATH of REGINA PATS

BEATTIE RAMSAY



Taken from the Regina Pats program: A great friend of junior hockey in the city of Regina was lost when Beattie Ramsay, passed away at the age of 57 on September 30, 1952.

Mr. Ramsay had retired as president of the Regina Pat Hockey club just a month earlier because of ill health.

Mr. Ramsay, who was described by Pat Coach Murray Armstrong "as the finest man and finest sportsman I have ever known", was a native of Lumsden who made his mark as a scholar, soldier, sportsman and businessman.

He played on two Allan cup senior hockey championship clubs in 1923, was a member of the Toronto Granties clubs that won the world amateur title. He played on the first Toronto Maple pro team in 1926-27 before returning to western Canada as a construction engineer. Mr. Ramsay was president of the Pats since their reorganization in 1946-47.

Mr. Ramsay proved to be a great man because he was a firm believer that sports, above all things, should mold character into the youngsters who played. He himself was an example for every boy.

Although he was always keen to win, it was not victory that Beattie Ramsay had in mind. His chief concern was the behaviour of boys, on or off the ice. It was his thought to make the boys better Canadians.

Ken More, who succeed Mr. Ramsay as president of the Pats, said at the time of his death, "We have lost our leader. We have no words at our command to indicate the extent of our loss. Beattie made his contribution quietly and without fanfare".

Con Smythe of Toronto Maple Leafs wrote, "Beattie Ramsay to me was one of the best: His life could be an example to anyone".

From Montreal, Frank Selke of the Canadiens said: "We have lost a good friend butmen like Beattie leave and indelible stamp on those who were privileged to know him and work with him. None of us will forget his fine sportsmanship".

Certainly none will forget it in Regina.