I would like to commend Jake Boudrot on his article, “Baseball legend, long-time Volunteer, Barry Marchand passes away at 71,” which appeared in the May 5 edition of The Reporter.
Barry Marchand’s reputation, as a great sportsman precedes him, not to mention his extraordinary sport feats and his volunteerism for the betterment of our communities.
I hope to add my story to this article.
My “WOW” moment with Barry was at the Felix Marchand School in Louisdale where Barry was the Phys Ed teacher. I happened to be in the gymnasium alone with Barry on this day.
Barry was standing at the centre line in the gymnasium’s full basketball court. He had a basketball in his hand and a twinkle in his eye.
He said to me “Do you want to bet, that I can sink this ball in the net, from here?”
I laughed and thought, “well, maybe.”
Barry turns around with his back to the net and threw the basketball over his head, and swoosh, it went right into the net! I was so impressed.
What a natural talented athlete in so many sports! Thank you for reminding me of that amazing moment and that special person.
My sincere condolences to all of his loved ones.