In hon­our of a re­mark­able vol­un­teer

John Fil­ion Ward 23 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

Be­fore prais­ing Brant Snow, I’ll need to apol­o­gize to him for it. Brant didn’t like to be sin­gled out, pre­fer­ring to blend in with the team, as if he re­ally thought there was noth­ing special about what he ac­com­plished over four decades as the most ex­cep­tional com­mu­nity vol­un­teer I have ever seen.

Brant passed away Feb. 15, af­ter years of head­ing up the Gould­ing Park Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion and play­ing key roles in many lo­cal and re­gional sports or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He was such a house­hold name at Gould­ing that, for years, I thought he worked at the arena. He set up an of­fice there and knew ev­ery­body who passed through its doors. For years, he kept an in­dex card file on even the lit­tlest house league player, so he could make sure the teams were even and that ev­ery kid could be a win­ner. He kept track of ev­ery­thing, car­ing only about what was good for ev­ery­body else.

When Gould­ing had its 50th anniversary 10 years ago, the as­so­ci­a­tion tried to hon­our him with a trip to his na­tive New­found­land. Brant gave it back, want­ing the money to go to chil­dren. Another time, in the City of North York days, Brant came to our parks and recre­ation com­mit­tee to talk about the im­pact on hockey groups of a sud­den fee in­crease. Be­cause Brant was hugely in­flu­en­tial in sports cir­cles, one coun­cil­lor im­me­di­ately of­fered to off­set Gould­ing’s in­crease. No, he couldn’t ac­cept any special treat­ment, he said qui­etly.

There are few peo­ple in this world as nat­u­rally good as Brant Snow who have such a pro­found im­pact on their com­mu­nity.

Sorry Brant. It needed to be said.

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