Former Island softball star Gord Fadden, who gained two Senior A nationwide championships with Victoria groups and gprevious with Canada Inside the 1983 Caracas Pan Am Video games, has died at 69 of colon most cancers.
Fadden was a vacuum cleaner at third base — the Brooks Robinson of softball — And will belt the ball with Definitely one of the Greater of them On the plate in a profession that landed him Inside the Softball B.C. Hall of Fame.
“Gord was fearless at third, and Can be virtually on prime of the batter, And that i as quickly as tprevious him you’re going to lose some tooth,” said spouse Debbie Fadden, who was a prime-diploma womales’s membership participant.
“He by no means shied away from something and was very aggressive. He was An excellent batter, too. He On A daily basis launched that gruff exterior however he was The Most very important teddy bear On the earth.”
The native of the Fraser Valley started his profession in Abbotsford and acquired here to Victoria following the 4 nationwide championships, world championship and 1979 Pan Am Video games gprevious medal (recurrenting Canada) the Bates/Budgets dynasty had gained between 1975 and 1979.
Fadden was a cornerstone Inside the rebuild, which resulted in Victoria worthwhile the Canadian Senior A championships in 1982 and 1983 all by way of his eight seasons of having fun with at Royal Athletic Park.
Softball Canada went from having the defending nationwide champion recurrent the nation Inside the Pan Am Video games to A exact nationwide group going starting in 1983. Fadden was chosen Collectively with Victoria groupmates Rob Guenter, Reg Underwood, Dennis Eckert, Randy Benn, John Inexperienced and was Joyful with his gprevious medal from Caracas. Since males’s softball Isn’t an Olympic sport, the Pan Am Video games are The prime for this area When it Includes multi-sport Video games.
“Recurrenting Canada meant Tons to Gord and that Pan Am Video games gprevious medal was one of his most cherished possessions,” said Debbie Fadden.
So was All of the hardware from membership play.
“Playing for these Victoria groups was An monumalestal An elemalest of his life and he stored In contact with Lots of his former groupmates,” said Debbie Fadden.
Not that softball ever made anyone rich. When not on the diamond, Fadden labored as lineman for B.C. Hydro and later for the mail departmalest of the provincial authorities and constructing ambulances.
“Most of all, Aside from his househprevious, Gord liked softball,” said Debbie.
Gord Fadden was pre-deceased in 2017 by his 29-yr-previous son and former Victoria Racquet Club hockey star Mitch Fadden, who scored Greater than 30 goals 3 occasions in his WHL profession and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, earlier than a profession Inside the AHL and ECHL.
Fadden is survived by spouse Debbie, son Matthew, daughter-in-regulation Karla and two grandchildren Alessandra and Valentina.
A celebration of life Shall be held in 2022 in Salmon Arm, to the place the househprevious moved in 2005.
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