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A Great Loss For Special Olympics Brockville and Area

posted 17 Sep 2015, 11:38 by Brockville Ontario
All members of the Brockville and Area Community Council are still in shock and are saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and associate Kevin Payne on July 8, 2015. It is impossible for us to understand and accept that Kevin is no longer an active and involved member of our Special Olympics family. 

Our sincere condolences to Kevin’s wife, Pat and their children Jennifer and Laura and to all members of Kevin’s Family.  

Kevin joined the Brockville and Area Special Olympics Team in August of 2013. He brought his vast knowledge of Curling to our organization and quickly started our first curling program. Kevin was a caring and giving individual who quickly understood and witnessed that individuals with intellectual disabilities could become actively involved with the sport of curling and socially develop relationships that improved their lives. Within the first year, our curlers had learned the basic curling skills and more importantly had developed a friendly team spirit. Within their second year, they had qualified as the “D Level” team to attend the Provincial Winter Games in North Bay. They came home with Bronze Medals at the “B Level”.  This really highlights Kevin’s coaching abilities. 

Kevin’s involvement did not stop with coaching our curling team. In a very short period of less than three years, Kevin became Community Coordinator for Brockville’s Council and got involved at the Provincial Level. He was appointed the Provincial Curling Convener in 2014 and was named to the Mission Staff of Team Ontario Training Squad going to the next National Winter Games in Newfoundland. He became the Head Guy for Curling for Special Olympics Ontario. He impressed everyone he met with his curling knowledge and friendly manner. 

During Kevin’s short tenure as Community Coordinator, Brockville has been able to send 1 athlete to the World Games in Los Angles, 15 athletes to the National Winter Games in Newfoundland and is expected to send athletes to the Next Spring Games in Guelph.

Kevin  guided our Council to improve its administrative processes and helped ensure that our special athletes were actively involved in their sports programs. 

Kevin was an honest, gentle, friendly and sincere individual. He made a big impact on everyone he met. Kevin will be missed. 
May Kevin’s Soul Rest in Peace.     

Linda Ashe (VP Special Olympics Ontario), Kevin, Sheryl Huestis (Mgr Field Services) and other members of the Brockville Family

Photo taken by Doreen Barnes