CORNWALL, Ontario - A funeral service for one of the founders of the Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy, awarded annually for half a century to Cornwall's top sports personality, was held Monday.
Walt McDonald, an accomplished athlete who became one of the city's best-known mentors, was 93.
It was after the death of promising 18-year-old athlete Jacques Richard that McDonald, who had become a well-known softball and baseball coach, and a group of Richard's teammates created the Richard Memorial Trophy, at the time given to the city's top junior athlete.
A few years later, it was turned over the the Cornwall Lions Club and morphed into the Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner where dozens of local athletes are honoured. The presentation of the Richard Trophy is the highlight of the dinner.
As a junior hockey, softball and baseball coach, McDonald was known as a strict, no-nonsense coach and a stickler when it came to basic fundamentals.
McDonald was awarded the Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy in 1978 and was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 as a builder.