Mayor Jackson honours late Canuck Pat Quinn

DELTA – Residents of Delta will have a chance to sign condolences and honour legendary hockey player, coach and GM Pat Quinn.

A community tribute has been set up by the Corporation of Delta in the form of memorial boards at recreation facilities.

Mayor Lois Jackson took a moment at Delta council’s weekly meeting on Nov. 24 to recognize Quinn, the former Vancouver Canucks bench boss who passed away on Nov. 23 at 71 after a lengthy illness.

“Hockey has lost a great man. Known as ‘The Big Irishman,’ Pat was one of hockey’s most respected players and coaches. As a part-owner of the Vancouver Giants, Pat was very involved in the development of hockey in our community and beyond,” said Jackson.

“Pat’s support towards our local fundraisers and initiatives, including Delta’s anti-bullying campaign, was steadfast. And, of course, looking beyond our

community, Pat is revered both nationally and internationally for his integral role in hockey, not only as a coach, but as a former player and executive,” she said.

“I want to express mine and council’s sincere condolences to Pat’s wife Sandra, and all of Pat’s family and friends, the Vancouver Giants organization and their fans, during this difficult time. Pat’s dedication to the game of hockey was truly inspirational and will always be remembered. He will be sorely missed.”

Quinn’s connections to South Delta also included another partnership with Giants’ owner Ron Toigo in the Tsawwassen Springs housing development.

Quinn was in the audience at several council meetings and public hearings as the proposal made its way through the approval process.

His many hockey accomplishments included guiding the Vancouver Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup finals and coaching Canada to a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

sgyarmati@delta-optimist.com

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