Sad news to pass along this weekend - hockey legend and Olympian Bob Attersley died on Friday. He was 76.
Attersley is a hero in the Ontario city of Whitby. He was a long time senior hockey player with the legendary Dunlops. They were crowned as Canada's amateur champs in 1957, winning the Allan Cup. They represented the country at the 1958 World Championships, where they knocked off the mighty Soviets thanks to Attersley's winning goal with three minutes left in the game. Attersley was one of the Dunnies added to the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen team that represented Canada at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, bringing home the silver medal.
Attersley, a former Oshawa Generals junior star, never played in the National Hockey League. Instead he chose to play semi-pro hockey in Kingston until 1962. His #15 Dunnies jersey is honoured in Whitby alongside more modern day heroes like Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts and Keith Primeau.
He lived in Whitby much of his life, serving as mayor from 1980 to 1991. He had served the area politically in one capacity or another since 1964. He was also a prominent businessman in the area.
Bob Attersley was a client, a friend, a mentor, and a role model. He was a decent, honest, down to earth man who had the time of day for everyone and cared more for his community than any politician since. He will be missed by those who knew him. My sympathies go out to his lovely family.
What a great leader and resident of Whitby!
I am so sad for Joan and his family.
We wish to offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the immediate family, associates and friends of the late Bob Attersley, a fine gentleman, a great hockey player and a major contributor to life in Canada ... He will long be remembered.
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