Don Gavey’s “Volunteer of the Year” awards are almost too numerous to mention, and characterize Don as the man behind the scenes in several amateur sports in the City of Belleville. The Aylmer, Ontario native spent most of his adult life in Belleville and was heavily involved in softball, hockey, umpiring, and refereeing, as well as playing semi-professional football, and acting as a football official.
Gavey was president of the Eastern Ontario Fastball League and was also involved in the beginning of the Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League, the Belleville and District Softball League, and was a player, convener, and organizer for the Ontario Amateur Softball Association.
Don’s hockey involvement began as a Junior B player in Woodstock, and eventually he became President and Referee-in-Chief of the Belleville Minor Hockey Association. He ran representative team tournaments for BMHA for seven years, and was also involved in organizing the McFarlands Oldtimers Hockey Team during a time when Oldtimers hockey was booming in Canada.
Don died August 25, 1988.0