At Monday’s regular council meeting in Delta, Mayor Lois Jackson took a moment to recognize the late Pat Quinn, who passed away on Nov. 23.
“Hockey has lost a great man,” Jackson said. “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. Pat’s support towards our local fundraisers and initiatives, including Delta’s anti-bullying campaign, was steadfast.“
Jackson noted Quinn was revered both nationally and internationally for his integral role in hockey, not only as a coach, but as a former player and executive.
“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,” Jackson said. “Pat’s dedication to the game of hockey was truly inspirational and will always be remembered. He will be sorely missed.”
Delta’s condolences will be shared in a community tribute. Starting Friday, Nov. 28, memorial boards will be placed in Delta recreation centres inviting the community to sign and honour Quinn.