Scooter Al Memorial - GGMSA

Scooter Al – A Champion of Softball

 

Ontario, the local community, and softball in general lost one of its most ardent supporters in late 2012 when Albert Fredericks, affectionately known as Scooter Al, passed away.  You could see him at games and talking to all the young players, encouraging them and coaching them from his many years of love for the game.  He was always seen at the year-end barbeques manning the grill or just making sure things went smoothly.  If there was ever anything that the organization needed, Al was there to lend any help he could. Scooter Al will be sorely missed in the local and greater communities in which he served.

 

GGMSA will honor his memory immediately prior to the Team Canada game at Exhibition Park on June 27th.  The memorial starts at 8:00, so please be sure to arrive beforehand to share in our living memory of one of the greatest supporters this organization has ever known.

 

Below are excerpts from the Guelph Mercury article from August 29, 2012.

 

They called him “Scooter Al” and he was known as one of the most loyal supporters of Guelph Gators fastpitch around.

Albert Fredericks passed away on Aug. 24th at Guelph General Hospital. He was 66. An engineer throughout his working life, Fredericks was a mainstay at girl’s softball games, and was known for his enthusiastic encouragement of the young players. Many remember him for his unwavering positivity and his resounding cheers at the ballpark.

Fredericks not only offered verbal support to the players, said Claudia Runciman, head coach of the Mite Gators, but financial support as well. He funded the purchase of a pop-up gazebo for the Mite Gators after seeing that the squad needed sun-shade during games.

Frederick, who battled diabetes and heart disease in his later life, suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday. He is survived by his children Hellene, Matthew-Adam, Timothy, Sarah and Christine.

Longtime friend Ian Brown said Frederick was a complicated man, and after his retirement he took to becoming a fastpitch fan as a way of simplifying his life. He rode around on a red mobility scooter, and that’s how he derived his nickname.

“One of his last wishes was that we bring his scooter here,” said Brown, as he sat in the visitation room of the funeral home. The scooter was parked next to its owner. “He also wanted his photos with the Gators on display.”

Brown said the Gators honoured Frederick’s support by giving him a personalized jersey and hat, and naming him their top fan. He wore the hat and jersey to the games.

Friend Rachelle Warburton said Frederick never missed a Mite game. When a player made a good play in the field, had a base hit, or scored a run, the man would sound the horn on his scooter.

“He just loved to encourage the players,” Warburton said.

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