Truro woman truly left her mark

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By Lyle Carter

Vivian Hoar will be remembered as a remarkable person and highly respected individual in local sports circles.

Vivian Hoar will be remembered as a remarkable person and highly respected individual in local sports circles.

Hoar, 96, of Truro, passed away on Jan. 3 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro.

Hoar, known to many as Viv, was inducted into the Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, recognizing her outstanding play in curling, softball and tennis.

In her younger years she was an outstanding pitcher in softball. Later, she skipped six local teams at provincial curling championships. The last original charter member of the Truro Curling Club, Hoar was also past president and an honourary lifetime member.

Hoar was also past president and honourary member of the Truro Tennis Club.

Throwing the first stone to open the Scottish Ladies Canadian Curling Tournament at the Truro Curling Club in 2005, Hoar brought the house to their feet as she drew to the button with her ceremonial first stone.

Viv's husband, Frank Hoar, had been a good ballplayer before becoming one of this province's best curlers.

"A couple things stand out to me regarding Viv's love for sports," Glenn Irving, a nephew, said. "The enthusiasm both Frank and Viv had for sports was really something. They were so committed to sports. During visits, the main topic was always sports and in their house trophies were everywhere."

Besides curling, softball and tennis, Irving said ice skating was another sport his aunt dearly loved.

"I'd have to say, though, that curling was number one with Viv. However, tennis was a very close second. She played a lot of tennis later in life against much younger players and did really well. Thinking of Viv, a song George Jones sang a few years back comes to mind. It was titled, ‘Who's Going To Fill Her Shoes.' I recall that even during tough times, Viv could make you feel like a million bucks."

Glenn's wife Debbie also had memories of Vivian.

"Viv would be seen riding her bicycle even when she was in her 80s," Debbie said. "She would be biking from MacLean Street to the tennis courts to play tennis. Viv dearly loved to play tennis and she was very competitive and always wanted to play her best.

"In 2012, when she was 95, Viv was still performing at the ladies auxiliary meetings. Viv remarkably recited from memory her favorite rendition of Rindercella."

In addition to her many accomplishments in sports, Viv was also a popular entertainer and guest speaker at numerous events.

Viv had a lasting impact on people she met, and many from the community shared their thoughts on the remarkable woman.

Beth Smith: "I curled different in-house competitions with Viv. We got along great. She was full of enthusiasm and kept everyone up. When calling the sweeping Viv would say ‘sweep girls, sweep. Sweep harder then that.' Viv could come out of the hack as straight as could be."

Donna Roach: "I thoroughly enjoyed Viv. She taught me a lot about curling and the strategy of the game. Viv was so outgoing and full of fun. She was a great person."

Ann White: "I curled a lot with Viv. She was very competitive. Viv wanted to win. Besides sports, we were good friends through music and community involvement. I just loved Viv. She was a really good person."

Lloyd Mitchell: "We go back a long way as we were both from the east end of Truro. Viv Hoar was a remarkable person. Besides her many sports accomplishments Viv did so much for the community. Viv's acts of charity and kindness were outstanding. She volunteered for many years with United Way and she sang for 52 years with the Brunswick Street United Church choir."

Anne Mitchell: Lloyd and I had our 50th wedding anniversary in 2010. Viv was up for the occasion. She was just great. Viv actually said a few words to congratulate us."

There are many others who could share wonderful memories of Viv Hoar.

At this time, we would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the Hoar family.

TAGLINE: Lyle Carter's sports column appears every Saturday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.

Organizations: Truro Curling Club, Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Colchester County Sports Hall Truro Tennis Club Scottish Ladies United Way Brunswick Street United Church Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Truro, MacLean Street

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