Thursday, October 04, 2012


Garry Lavender

Garry Gordon Lavender


Born in Picton on June 4th, 1946, Garry Lavender was a lifelong resident of Prince Edward County. He attended C. M. L. Snider School in Wellington, and Prince Edward Collegiate in Picton. He then attended the University of Toronto.

Garry, along with his brothers Tom, Bob, and Paul, formed the nucleus of several sports teams in The County. They won the All Ontario Pee Wee Baseball Championship in 1959. They won softball championships from 1960 to 1966.

In 1964, Garry won the All Ontario OHA Juvenile Hockey Championship. In 1968, he was the player-coach of the Wellington Dukes Intermediate “D” hockey team. From 1971 to 1985, he coached the Dukes at the Junior “C” level.

Garry spent hours in the rinks and on the fields as a referee, manager, convenor, organizer, and executive with many teams. He refereed lacrosse for five years in The County and in Napanee. Under Garry’s leadership, the Wellington Dukes represented Eastern Canada at the Royal Bank Cup in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Garry always had time for a game of golf, and won the Barclay Trophy in 1974, and the Jenkin Evans Award in 1975 at the Picton Golf Club.

After his death, he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award for his dedicated service to the community.

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