Laverne Reichert

1943 - 2004

Updated Tuesday January 7, 2014 by Kitchener Sports Association.

Laverne "Red" Reichert, a life-long resident of Waterloo Region, loved his community and spent his volunteer life in athletics and working with people with disabilities.

Reichert’s love for softball began in the late 1960s when he sponsored the first Senior Men’s softball team in Waterloo. In the 1970s he sponsored Intermediate and Senior Men’s Waterloo Bridge Sports, and he was Director/Trainer of the Waterloo CHYMrs. Reichert held various positions with the Kitchener Evergreens until 1984. From 1985-95 he was President of the Waterloo Ontario Fastball Association, and he served on the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Executive Council in 1990 and Chaired the Men's Committee from 1994 through 1996. Reichert was Vice-President of the Kitchener Fastball Promotions from 1993 to 2004, working to promote the game and bring tournaments to the community.

He was also involved in hockey having worked as Equipment Manager for the Waterloo Junior B Siskins as a teenager in 1959. He later became team trainer and a member of the team’s executive.

Reichert joined the Kinsmen Club of Kitchener-Waterloo in the 1980s, holding several positions with the club including Vice-President in 1987-88. He actively worked to support the lives of people with disabilities. In 1991-92 he received the Kinsmen Club John Bainbridge Award for Outstanding Service. Reichert was named a Life Member of the Kinsmen Club in 1994; he received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from KW Habilitation Services in 2001; and he was made Chairman Emeritus in 2004. Through the Kinsmen Club, Reichert was actively involved in the Kinsmen TV Auction, and many other local fund raising projects.

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