Friday, November 20th
WEST KELOWNA B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is saddened by the news of the passing of long-time supporter and community pillar Gary Brown Sr. Gary passed unexpectedly last week and our condolences are with his lovely wife Sharon, son Gary, and grandson Zach. Gary was a Warriors fan from day one, embracing the team upon relocation from Langley in 2006. Gary won Fan of the Year in the Warriors Inaugural Season. The Warriors want to honour Gary by renaming the Warriors Fan of the Year Award, the Gary Brown Sr Award.
“Gary and I were close. He was there from the beginning and you could always find him standing in the same section in Royal Lepage Place cheering on the boys, win or lose. During the daytime, he was always around the rink helping local children learn to skate, giving his free time back to the community.” Said Warriors President Chris Laurie “Gary always loved to chat. I’m certainly going to miss his contagious smile and welcoming presence. We hope that renaming this annual award will help us remember Gary’s unwavering community support.”
The Gary Brown Sr Award is awarded annually, at the completion of the Regular Season, to the fan who exhibits the most support throughout the course of the year.