OMHA Mourns the Loss of Long-Time Instructor in the Trainers Program, George Partridge
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Richmond Hill, ON: -
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s Trainers Technical Committee is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of long-serving Master Course Conductor George Partridge.
George worked tirelessly within the Trainers Program to advance safety in hockey. He led the development of the Trainer’s Quality Assurance Program, which included infield supervision and mentoring, worked within the Program of Excellence, was a clinic coordinator and participated in Hockey Canada Safety Program initiatives. He regularly represented the Program at the OMHA Annual General Meeting.
“George was a crucial part of the Trainers Program with the OMHA. His commitment was unconditional and his parting leaves a very large hole that will not be easily filled,” said Dr. Darryl Bossence, Technical Director of OMHA Trainers Program. “He was a mentor to many of us, including myself and he was very well respected. His contributions are too many to count, but his insistence of high standards with regards to the role of Trainers throughout the province is amongst the most notable, and will be his legacy that we will strive to continue to pursue. This is sad news for us all and we will miss George very much.”
With over 27 years in the Hockey Trainers Certification Program George taught hundreds of courses, resulting in the certification of thousands of hockey volunteers across the province. Prior to his work with the OMHA George served on the Executive of Beeton Minor Hockey.
In 2001 George received the HDCO’s Dr. Tom Pashby Award, which is presented annually to the Trainer of the Year. In that same year, he retired from Toronto EMS.
He leaves behind his wife Kaylene, son Christopher, daughter Kelly Ann, her husband Michael, and his granddaughter Emma.
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