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Dedicated Bearcats hockey fan Betty Lacey remembered


TRURO – Betty Lacey, who passed away July 20, was a big supporter of Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club.

Betty Lacey, who passed away July 20, was a big supporter of Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club.

Attending every home game, Betty was seated directly behind the Bearcats bench, yelling support to her favourite team. The Truro resident, 83, died three days before her 84th birthday.

“We’ve sat together at the Bearcats games for the past five years,” said close friend Christine Pryor of Truro. “Ever since the team moved into the new Rath Eastlink Community Centre we’ve had season tickets. We were near the glass, close to the action.”

Pryor misses her friend and says she needs closure.

“Only a few months ago, Betty was calling me. Nearly every time she would call, she’d remind me to get my Bearcats tickets for the new season. Three times a week, Betty would mention our season hockey tickets to me. Yes, I’m really missing Betty, I find it hard to believe that she’s gone.”

Pryor reflected on the Colchester Legion Stadium days.

“I knew Betty during the years she sold tickets at the stadium. We really got to know each other well though, through walking together at the Douglas Street School gym. We walked there for a number of years. Then, we’d meet at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the RECC and walk for about 40 minutes. We’ve been traveling together and doing things together for about seven years.”

Pryor said another friend, Kay Blois, walked with the group and attended occasional Bearcats games.

“When we’d walk into the big new centre, Kay and I would always make it to our seats long before Betty. She knew every one, she had so many friends and she’d give them all the time of day. Betty took time to stop and talk to everyone she knew, that’s the kind of a person she was.”

Blois said Betty was an exceptional hockey fan.

“It was a good night out and anyone sitting close by could hear Betty offering encouragement. Betty didn’t just sit there, she hollered a lot, she was right in the game. Betty knew hockey, she played for Oxford High School when she was younger. I think she was rugged – I know she got in a fight one game. Betty would tell the players not to go to sleep out on the ice and not to shoot right at the goalie. Betty was a really huge Brandon Pye fan when he played here.”

Pryor and Blois said Betty explained to other hockey fans what “the five hole” meant.

“I made the mistake this game of thinking that Betty said Pye-hole,” said Pryor. “Betty said ‘no, not the Pye-hole, the five-hole – it’s when a player puts the puck between a goaltender’s legs and scores.’ We all laughed.”

Naming Betty’s pleasures – Pryor and Blois listed green tea, lobster, singing, bowling, Toronto Blue Jays, Sidney Crosby, her beige Cobalt car, a good joke, a laugh and the Bearcats scoring a goal.

Lacey, Pryor and Blois were known in some circles as the Golden Girls.

“After we finished walking at the new centre we always went to Tim Hortons on Willow Street for coffee,” Pryor said. “We walked in this morning just past 8 a.m. and one of the customers said ‘here come the Golden Girls.’ After that we were known as the Golden Girls. We just laughed, we didn’t mind.”

Helen Withrow, employed at Colchester Legion Stadium for 31 years,” recalled working with Betty.

“Betty was hired as a ticket seller, we were there together probably for 25 years. I sometimes called Betty and Beverly Lynds the rink rats. We had a lot of laughs together, a lot of good times. There were some crazy things happened at the stadium, the kids were really very good but still there were times we chased them down the hallway for something they had done.”

Jackie Lacey recalled her mother (Betty) purchasing a hockey net and ball for her son Fintan when he was three.

“My mother would come and shoot the ball at him for hours. Fintan is now a nine-year-old goaltender in minor hockey. Mom watched Fintan play nearly every game. I think my mother learned about things like the five-hole from Fintan.”

Lyle Carter’s column appears every second Tuesday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a column idea, contact him at 902 673-2857.

 

 

Betty Lacey, who passed away July 20, was a big supporter of Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club.

Attending every home game, Betty was seated directly behind the Bearcats bench, yelling support to her favourite team. The Truro resident, 83, died three days before her 84th birthday.

“We’ve sat together at the Bearcats games for the past five years,” said close friend Christine Pryor of Truro. “Ever since the team moved into the new Rath Eastlink Community Centre we’ve had season tickets. We were near the glass, close to the action.”

Pryor misses her friend and says she needs closure.

“Only a few months ago, Betty was calling me. Nearly every time she would call, she’d remind me to get my Bearcats tickets for the new season. Three times a week, Betty would mention our season hockey tickets to me. Yes, I’m really missing Betty, I find it hard to believe that she’s gone.”

Pryor reflected on the Colchester Legion Stadium days.

“I knew Betty during the years she sold tickets at the stadium. We really got to know each other well though, through walking together at the Douglas Street School gym. We walked there for a number of years. Then, we’d meet at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the RECC and walk for about 40 minutes. We’ve been traveling together and doing things together for about seven years.”

Pryor said another friend, Kay Blois, walked with the group and attended occasional Bearcats games.

“When we’d walk into the big new centre, Kay and I would always make it to our seats long before Betty. She knew every one, she had so many friends and she’d give them all the time of day. Betty took time to stop and talk to everyone she knew, that’s the kind of a person she was.”

Blois said Betty was an exceptional hockey fan.

“It was a good night out and anyone sitting close by could hear Betty offering encouragement. Betty didn’t just sit there, she hollered a lot, she was right in the game. Betty knew hockey, she played for Oxford High School when she was younger. I think she was rugged – I know she got in a fight one game. Betty would tell the players not to go to sleep out on the ice and not to shoot right at the goalie. Betty was a really huge Brandon Pye fan when he played here.”

Pryor and Blois said Betty explained to other hockey fans what “the five hole” meant.

“I made the mistake this game of thinking that Betty said Pye-hole,” said Pryor. “Betty said ‘no, not the Pye-hole, the five-hole – it’s when a player puts the puck between a goaltender’s legs and scores.’ We all laughed.”

Naming Betty’s pleasures – Pryor and Blois listed green tea, lobster, singing, bowling, Toronto Blue Jays, Sidney Crosby, her beige Cobalt car, a good joke, a laugh and the Bearcats scoring a goal.

Lacey, Pryor and Blois were known in some circles as the Golden Girls.

“After we finished walking at the new centre we always went to Tim Hortons on Willow Street for coffee,” Pryor said. “We walked in this morning just past 8 a.m. and one of the customers said ‘here come the Golden Girls.’ After that we were known as the Golden Girls. We just laughed, we didn’t mind.”

Helen Withrow, employed at Colchester Legion Stadium for 31 years,” recalled working with Betty.

“Betty was hired as a ticket seller, we were there together probably for 25 years. I sometimes called Betty and Beverly Lynds the rink rats. We had a lot of laughs together, a lot of good times. There were some crazy things happened at the stadium, the kids were really very good but still there were times we chased them down the hallway for something they had done.”

Jackie Lacey recalled her mother (Betty) purchasing a hockey net and ball for her son Fintan when he was three.

“My mother would come and shoot the ball at him for hours. Fintan is now a nine-year-old goaltender in minor hockey. Mom watched Fintan play nearly every game. I think my mother learned about things like the five-hole from Fintan.”

Lyle Carter’s column appears every second Tuesday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a column idea, contact him at 902 673-2857.

 

 

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