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Clarence Debus Pequegnat

1897 - 1980

Updated Tuesday January 7, 2014 by Kitchener Sports Association.

C.D. "Buller" Pequegnat was born in Berlin in 1897 where he received his public school education. In 1916 he enlisted in the 55th Battery C.F.A. in Guelph, transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in England in 1917, returning to Canada in 1919.

He became active in the Kitchener Young Men's Club, Kitchener Sports Association, K-W Sales & Ad Club, Westmount Golf and Country Club, and a past president of all of them.
 
He successfully promoted Kitchener's first outdoor swimming pool in 1929; Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in 1945 and was its first chairman of the Board, and the Waterloo County Hall of Fame in 1972.
 
In 1951, he promoted Kitchener's first Major Junior "A" hockey team (Kitchener Greenshirts). In the 1952-53 season, the K-W Seniors gained fan favour forcing the Greenshirts to fold. In 1964, New York Rangers moved their sponsored Junior "A" team (Guelph Royals) to Kitchener. In 1967 sponsorships in the NHL were discontinued and New York gave the franchise to Kitchener.
 
In 1968, he received the "Sports Celebrity Citation" and in March 1977, the CHYM Community Foundation and Waterloo Regional Sports Council Salutation for a lifetime devotion to sports activity in the community.

KSA: "Buller" was one of the key people pushing for a new arena complex - the group evolved into becoming the Kitchener Sports Association and the building became the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Refer to "KSA History"




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