The Chateauguay minor hockey community is in mourning since learning its Treasurer and volunteer for almost 60 years has passed away.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family. Thank you for everything, Joe. You will be missed”, reads a message posted by the sports organization’s Facebook page, on July 27.
After growing up in Chateauguay, where he met his wife and had three children, Mr. Lee was honoured by the city and inducted into the City Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the sport and the community.
For nearly 10 years, he was a hockey coach and referee on outdoor hockey rinks. In 1971, he got involved for his two boys until they turned 18 and was named Chateauguay minor hockey Treasurer in 1988.
His role represented more than 30 years of “recording more than 800 registrations, paying bills for referees and timekeepers for over 1,000 games a year, as well as taking care of all the other bills for minor hockey purchases. He was responsible for the budget and the annual financial report. He has also been Treasurer for the Chateauguay National Midget Hockey tournament for 20 years”.
“Joe is a man who gets involved for the youth of Chateauguay. For him, giving back to the community where he grew up has always been a normal thing and he adores doing it. Finally, he considers himself as a cherished father for whom community involvement is a way of life”, said the City on its website when he was inducted in the Hall of fame.