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Hall of Fame

Walter LeMessurier - Athlete

Inducted November 4, 1988

Walter LeMessurier owns an athletic career equaled by few within the province. It includes soccer, baseball, hockey, softball, table tennis, billiards and golf in addition to many contributions to sport as a builder. He was born in St. John's in 1924 and moved to Corner Brook in 1937.

Elected to the Provincial Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983, he was rated the top provincial goalie in 1951 and '52 prior to switching to center and leading all scorers in '53. From 1946 to 1960, he played on the Corner Brook All-Stars and was captain in '52 and '56 when Corner Brook won the Provincial Championship.

In baseball, his winning .519 batting average is the second highest ever in the Corner Brook League. His .500 average was tops for both Corner Brook and St. John's in the 1954 provincial play and in '52 his .313 average was the best Corner Brook effort.

He enjoyed an exceptional hockey career making the Corner Brook All-Stars every season for provincial play against St. Bon's, Buchans, Grand Falls, Bell Island and Gander. In softball, he pitched and played shortstop for Curling and was the Western Newfoundland Billiards Champion. He has Corner Brook and provincial singles and doubles table tennis titles to his credit and was a member of the Provincial "Senior" golf team that participated in the National Championships.

He served as a Vice-President of the Provincial Sports Federation, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Governors, aide De Camp to Lieut. Governor R. E. John A. Harnum and was awarded the National Centennial Medal for his work with Canadian Youth.

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