Terry Kehoe loved slo-pitch. And football.
Which one he loved more can be debated. But the fact is, Kehoe loved both. Above all, he loved sports and throughout his life dedicated considerable time to advancing it.
Kehoe passed away suddenly Jan. 6, leaving behind a family he adored and, in extension, a Richmond sports community with an impossible void to fill.
Originally from the Ottawa area, Kehoe first made a big impression on the local football scene—from equipment manager to head coach. His efforts were recognized with one of the highest honours one can receive in the gridiron game, as the BC Lions lauded his efforts a few years ago at the annual Orange Helmet Awards. The proceeds from the marquee event support amateur football in the province.
In the last few years, Kehoe stepped up to take on responsibility for organizing the annual Richmond Sports Awards. This initiative recognizes the efforts of athletes and volunteers throughout the local sports community.
Those who knew Kehoe are struggling to come to grips with his passing.
“I can’t believe it,” said Jim Lamond, who until recently chaired the Richmond Sports Council on which Kehoe was an active member.