Leav­ing a le­gacy

Joe Dol­lard me­mo­rial tro­phy pre­sented in his hon­our

The Western Star - - SPORTS - FRANK GALE [email protected]­ern­star.com

ST. GE­ORGE’S, N.L. — Joe Dol­lard dearly loved the sport of bowl­ing.

Af­ter the lanes at St. Stephen’s Bowlarama closed in Stephenvil­le in the spring of 2007, he and two other bowl­ing bud­dies — John Hutch­ings and Randy Boyd — made plans to make the 25-minute trek to the bowl­ing al­ley in St. Ge­orge’s when the sea­son re­sumed that fall.

Dol­lard played most Tues­day and Sun­day nights dur­ing the fall and win­ter ever since. The bowl­ing nights were not or­ga­nized leagues and had no set teams. They were open nights where any­one could come out and en­joy play­ing the game.

He kept play­ing in St. Ge­orge’s un­til the spring of 2017 when his jour­ney with Alzheimer’s left him too ill to con­tinue.

He died Oct. 14, 2018, at the age of 77.

“I can’t tell you why, but he just en­joyed bowl­ing and hardly missed a night — even tak­ing the drive on those des­ig­nated nights in the win­ter,” his wife Rosa Dol­lard said.

In recog­ni­tion of his ded­i­ca­tion to the sport, sports­man­ship awards and a tro­phy spon­sored by Byrnes Shoes and Sports­wear have been cre­ated for each of the two bowl­ing nights Dol­lard used to fre­quent. They were re­cently pre­sented for the first time and will con­tinue to be pre­sented an­nu­ally.

The first two de­serv­ing play­ers were cho­sen among the team bowlers through se­cret bal­lots.

The award pre­sen­ta­tion to re­cip­i­ent Kris­ten Ben­nett was made by Rosa Dol­lard. The other re­cip­i­ent, Brian Brake, was un­able to at­tend the pre­sen­ta­tion of his award.

Dol­lard is proud her hus­band has now left a le­gacy in St. Ge­orge’s. She re­mem­bers how much her hus­band used to en­joy at­tend­ing the Christ­mas and end-of-sea­son cel­e­bra­tions held by the bowl­ing group.

In fact, it was on those cel­e­bra­tory oc­ca­sions the group played “bingo bowl­ing,” which Dol­lard had in­tro­duced to the al­ley at St. Ge­orge’s.

Sherry Ben­nett, who was bowl­ing al­ley at­ten­dant at the time Dol­lard, Hutch­ings and Boyd started com­ing to St. Ge­orge’s, said Dol­lard was the best thing ever for bowl­ing in St. Ge­orge’s.

She said not only did he in­tro­duce bingo bowl­ing but also col­lected hun­dreds of dol­lars worth of prizes for when it took place, in­creas­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who took part in the spe­cial game.

Dol­lard will al­ways be re­mem­bered by bowlers in St. Ge­orge’s, said Ben­nett, be­cause he was such a good man and al­ways ready to help.

“We had lots of fun and Joe Dol­lard cer­tainly made a lot of good mem­o­ries for us (bowlers),” she said.

While she’s no longer the bowl­ing at­ten­dant, Ben­nett still bowls and said Tues­day and Sun­day nights are still open to any­one who wants to come bowl for fun.


Joe Dol­lard.

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