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The curling world was saddened in May of 1984 with the sudden passing of Mr. Evan Trites.
For nearly 40 years, Ev Trites was known throughout New Brunswick for his outstanding contribution to the building of the sport of curling. He is the only man in the history of the CCA to hold the position of national chairman of two different championships (Canadian Mixed for five years and National Seniors, for years). Ev’s work didn’t end with curling; he was also involved as a player and executive with a baseball, softball, bowling, golf and lawn bowling. Cumulatively, he was a director and president of four curling clubs, four golf clubs and 14 associations.
Behind every successful sport program can be found a competent organizer. Evan Trites, long-time resident of Saint John, was, in the words of one of his army of admirers “The best organizer Ever Seen” The term “the best” had been applied to Ev Trites before, – in his business and his military careers where he rose through the ranks because of his leadership talents.
Baseball, softball and bowling occupied much of his time and attention before World War II. Since 1977 he played a leading role in obtaining the Canada Summer Games for Saint John. But, it is for his 38 years of contributions to golf and curling that we honour him.
The awards he received were many and prestigious; so too, were the contributions he made to the world of sport in New Brunswick and at the national level.
- Chairman of the National Mixed Curling Committee from 1971-76
- Served on the executive of the NB Curling Association from 1973-75
- Served on the executive of the NB Mixed Curling Association from 1974-76
- Chairman of the National Senior Committee from 1977-81
- Secretary-treasurer of the NB Golf Association from 1975-83
- Served as chairman of the Saint John Canada Summer Games Bid Committees in 1977
- Inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1985