G. Vernon Weir was considered one of the finest gentlemen to ever play sports in the city of Belleville. Weir was a member of the Belleville Nationals and Grand Trunks baseball teams when they won the Ontario Senior Baseball Championships in 1919 and 1928.
Born in LeRoy, New York, in 1899. Vern moved with his family shortly thereafter to Belleville. As a youngster attending Queen Mary School and Belleville High School, Vern developed his athletic skills to the extent that he was a key player on several championship teams.
There was virtually no sport that he did not play. Vern was a versatile athlete, excelling in hockey, baseball, bowling, basketball, and track and field. He was an infielder with the Grand Trunk National team when they won the Ontario Senior Baseball championships in 1919 and 1928. Vern was a right winger with several Belleville teams in the Ontario Hockey Association – in the late teens and twenties of this century. In 1926, he coached the Belleville High School Girls’ Softball team to the Eastern Ontario Championship. He was a member of the Belleville Y Men’s Intermediate Basketball team which was eliminated by Niagara Falls in the Ontario Finals.
Weir worked for the CNR until 1932, and then with London Life Insurance until he retired in 1962. He was an elder of his church for thirty years, and a Sunday school teacher.
Above all, he was always the consummate gentleman – who once said, “I’m always happy when I am making someone else happy.”
Vern died in Belleville, August 18, 1983.0