Richard “Dick” Ellis, who died in 1970, loved his ‘Ellis Junior’ and ‘Ellis Sweethearts’ softball Teams.
Dick was one of those people who saw team sponsorship as his way of supporting local sports in the City of Belleville. He acted as sponsor for girls softball, junior boys softball, boys baseball and minor hockey for 20 years and his sponsorship money always went to the youth of the community where financial aid was more necessary. His name will live forever now that the City of Belleville has named its Harder Drive arena “The Dick Ellis Rink”.
Dick spent his entire life in Belleville and was an alderman for several years.0