On February 23, 2001, the Fredericton City Old Boys' was saddened by the loss of Mark Lawrence who died in a skiing accident. Mark who grew up in Amherst Nova Scotia was a veterinarian having obtained his DVM degree in 1983 from the Ontario Veterinary College. He was the dedicated owner of Valley Veterinary Hospitals, a successful small animal practice here in Fredericton. Mark was a passionate practitioner who loved veterinary medicine and enjoyed handing on his skills to others.
Mark leaves behind his wife and best friend Debbie, sons David and Brendan and daughter Christie.
Mark, an excellent athletic, came to the club as a student of the game but left teaching us all the virtues of hard work, dependability and attitude.
In March of 2004 the Old Boys created the Mark Lawrence Trophy to remind us all of the special "character" he brought to the club.
Jean Mark Ouellette (JO)
The Old Boys lost a friend and a team mate when Jean Marc died on June 19th, 2007 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. He was born on September 1st, 1965, in Notre- Dame Du Lac, QC and was raised in Campbellton, NB. He earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree (History) in 1987 and was conferred a Degree of Law in 1990 from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Fluently bilingual, he was admitted to the Law Society of New Brunswick in 1991.
Jean-Marc is survived by his loving wife, Robyn Plourde, father, Gerry "Red" Ouellette, mother, Lucille Beaulieu, and sister, Monique (Rick) Williams.
Jean-Marc was known for his ability to develop strong friendships. His love of sports was fulfilled through golf, hockey, soccer and cycling. He enjoyed movies and novels and was considered an amateur writer of scripts and books.Though it is with sadness that we accept his passing we will always remember his humor off the pitch and his skills on it.
Pat Lee (Spider)
Pat Lee passed away peacefully and comfortably, at his well-loved Fredericton home on January 3, 2014. As was his way in life, Pat made his exit amid the company, love, and respect of many friends and family members. Pat always made time for the people he knew and loved. Pat graduated from Simonds High School in 1974, and enrolled at UNB that fall. After Pat traveled the world, he settled in Fredericton to become a well respected, self employed painter. "Spider" played Loyalist rugby and Old Boys soccer, and ran marathons and the Cabot Trail many times. He enjoyed singing with the River Valley Barbershop Chorus. Pat was a long time member of the Fredericton Shambhala Center, and his beautiful gardens made the big yellow house a focal point on Hanwell Road.
Pat was born in Saint John, NB, the eldest son of Blanche Marie (Murphy) and the late John Francis Lee, both of St. Stephen. He is survived by his wife Diane Terry-Lee, his siblings Joanne (Dave) Cape, Mark (Patricia) Lee, Andrew Lee, Rosemary (Paul Rayman) Lee, and Monica (Jim Bulmer) Lee, nieces and nephews Holly (Cole) Rispin, Graham Lee, Erin Cape, Heather Cape, a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, and hundreds of friends.
Pat was a long time Old Boys member. When Pat first joined the Old Boys, he did not possess a lot of soccer skills but what he lacked in skill he more than made up for in his die hard work ethic. Pat was a "Work Horse" on the field constantly challenging the ball and never giving up.
Pat, aka Spider, did not sit on the sidelines of life, he was a humorous and vibrant participant. Pat would like it if you could give the gift of time to people you care about. He will be dearly missed.
Dr. Ronald (Ron) Kenneth Pickerill
Ron Pickerill passed peacefully with his three sons by his side at Saint John Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at the age of 70. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on October 30th, 1947, he was the son of the late Ronald and Josephine (Green) Pickerill.
Ronald leaves behind his sons, Geoffrey (Jaclyn Goddard), Nolan (Victoria) and Ryan (Kelsey) Pickerill; grandchildren, Kaya, Nola, Elly, and Georgie; siblings, Derek Pickerill (Julie) and Karen Crichton; as well as his nieces and nephews.
After receiving his PhD at Liverpool, he immigrated to Canada to pursue his teaching career at the University of New Brunswick, where he worked in Earth Sciences for over 40 years. He was an accomplished researcher with numerous publications, leaving a valuable mark in his field; many of his fossil discoveries are on display at the New Brunswick Museum.
Ronnie was known for his love of football (soccer), both on the field with the Old Boys or cheering on Liverpool and Stoke during weekend matches from home. Ronnie had a knack for crossword puzzles, loved to socialize at the pub and would never miss his daily episode of Coronation Street. Most of all he adored his time with his three sons and four granddaughters.
Ron Pickeral was one of the original Old Boys having joined the team in 89/90. Rick Patterson, another orginal Old Boy and organizer of the Old Boys club and past President of the Old Boys, first played with Ron starting in 1975 when the Galleons Soccer Club first formed in Fredericton. He was one of five Brits on the team and contributed greatly to the events both on and off the field.
As a striker, in his youth, Ron played in an England school boy final and scored a goal in that game. At 16 he and his father wanted him to sign a professional card but his mother prevailed and he went to university getting his PH D on scholarship. Ron played for the Galleons for many years but by the time he joined the Old Boys he had become a defender. Ron took penalty kicks for several years in a row never missing a goal. Finally at the Provincials in Moncton one year he missed one and never took another.
For those who played soccer (football) with Ron, he will not be forgotten. He loved the game. He loved the competition. He loved the post game discussions and analysis. When we won we were always the better team. When we lost we were robbed. RIP Ron. - your Old Boys' club mates.
The soccer community lost a teammate, coach and friend when Robert M. Morimanno passed away on October 2, 2019 at the age of 51 years. Robert loved life and following his terminal brain cancer diagnosis in August 2018 he continued to enjoy every day.
Born in Montreal, QC, Robert attended three educational institutions that shaped his mind and outlook. Le Collège Saint Alexandre, Gatineau; le Collège Jean-de-Brebeuf, Montreal; and, Ottawa University. Robert completed his career as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Black Belt with the Executive Council Office, Government of New Brunswick.
Both at work and in his spare time he was most satisfied when he was able to help other people succeed. He was a coach to many on the soccer pitch, on the ski trails as a member of the Wostawea Cross Country Ski Club, and as a fitness instructor at the YMCA and Goodlife. In 2009 he was named Volunteer of the Year by Soccer NB , in 2016 he was awarded FDSA Competitive Coach of the Year and in 2017 the U13 Premiership Team he coached was presented the FDSA Competitive Team of the Year award. His exceptional work with the soccer youth in Fredericton will continue to flourish through The ROBERT MORIMANNO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND which will support young soccer players in the Fredericton region to achieve their personal goals both on and off the pitch!
As an Old Boys player he will be remembered as a skilled, competitive and hard working player. Playing with Robert on a team was a pleasure. His skills and his positive attitude enhanced the play. Playing against Robert meant to be on your guard and play your best. Robert truly enjoyed the Old Boys and often talked about the good times spent at tournaments with the boys. His active time as a player changed dramatically when he injured his knee while playing a regular league game. After surgery and rehab he returned several times to play in the competitive league but eventually and with a heavy heart he had to call it quits. However, he continued to stay involved and served on the executive as a treasurer for several years . A role he also took on for the Wostawea Ski Club during a time of tremendous growth for the club.
Robert was a doer. He never sat on the sideline watching life. Until the very end of his life he was involved in the community spreading his positivity and energy.
Robert is survived by his wife and best friend, Laura Davey, and sons Pascal and Caleb; both his pride and joy.