Many of us will certainly miss the wit and wisdom of Don Cherry

By Mike Rainone for the News

The hockey world was most certainly quite shocked last with the sudden firing on Remembrance Day of Don Cherry from his occasionally controversial but extremely popular spot for 39 years on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada’s “Coaches Corner” … 30 of those sitting beside his much calmer but congenial co-host and friend Ron McLean. As we all know, after statements made on Nov. 9 there was an immediate media frenzy and thousands of comments and opinions that went both ways on a very touchy national subject that for a week or two has made our last federal election hoopla look like a walk in the park.

This crusty and colorful 85 year old former hockey player, coach, author, owner of Don Cherry’s Sports Bars, and mentor of the multi-popular “Rock-em-Sock-em” sports videos, has never been afraid to boldly voice his opinion on the great game of hockey or any other subject, whether it be in front of the TV camera or wherever he makes an appearance. Don Stewart Cherry has also been very well known for his wildly outlandish and colourful suits as well as constantly being accompanied for many years by his best furry friend and pet Blue. Throughout his long broadcasting career Don Cherry has always been very proudly and passionately dedicated to the ongoing efforts and sacrifices of our brave Canadian soldiers, both at home and overseas for countless decades. It was on this patriotic subject that is so near and dear to his heart that Mr. Don Cherry boldly encouraged “you people” to go out and buy a poppy in support of our armed forces that would sadly cost him his job. Hockey legend Bobby Orr called him the kindest and most generous person he has ever known, and there is no doubt that we have not seen the last of this great gentleman and sports icon. Bottom line, everyone is entitled to their free opinion, but speaking for myself and so many others we have often found ourselves speaking out before our mind has had a chance to think about what we were going to say.

A little poem for seniors — so true that it hurts

Another year has passed and we’re all a little older,

Last summer felt hotter and winter always seems much colder.

There was a time long ago when life was quite a blast;

But now I fully understand about “Living in the Past!”

We used to go to weddings, football games, and lunches …

But now we go to funeral homes and after-funeral brunches!

We used to go out dining, and couldn’t get our fill …

But now we ask for doggie bags go home and take a pill!

We used to often travel to places near and far, but now we get sore butts from riding in the car.

We used to go to nightclubs and drink a little booze, but now we stay home at night and watch the evening news.

That, my friends is how life is, and now my tale is told.

So for now, let’s try to enjoy each day and live it up just a little before we’re too darned old! On that note I ran across a great story last week about Jonathon, a giant Seychelles Tortoise who celebrated his 187th birthday this year, which is documented to be the oldest land animal in the world. Great news for all of us, slow and steady wins the race, no stress, and let’s just take it one day at a time.

Great to see so many folks, including yours truly, taking advantage of our early balmy winter to get out and put up those glitzy Christmas lights and decorations as well as do some casual early shopping before the bargains are all gone and winter really sets in. Hopefully everyone will be out and about enjoying their staff Christmas parties, school concerts, and special festive events. Thank you for your kind and caring ongoing support of the traditional Santa’s Anonymous, Food Bank donations, Lions Holiday Train, and so many other exciting and traditional family fundraising events that take place every festive season in and around our Ponoka town and county community each and help to make the Christmas season so special for those individuals and families who might need just a little extra cheer. Have a great week, all of you.

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