THE FAIRVIEW ACES VOLLEYBALL TEAM – 1954-1965

  • Type: Team
  • Sport(s): Volleyball
  • Year: 2016

THE FAIRVIEW ACES VOLLEYBALL TEAM – 1954-1965

 The Fairview Aces Senior Men’s Volleyball team was a force to be reckoned with at city, provincial, and Maritime levels in the 1950’s and 1960’s. From 1954 to 1965 the Aces won 8 Maritime titles, earning the right to represent the area at the Canadian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship each year. However, due to financial constraints and work and school commitments the team was able to attend only two nationals,1958 in Montreal and 1965 in Vancouver, where they more than held their own against teams stacked with European imports who brought their well-documented skills to Canada to play for teams in Toronto and Hamilton. Even after their run from 1954 to 1965 the younger members of the former Aces proved their talent on the court by qualifying for 5 more national championships under the names Dairy Queen, Halifax Hoboes, and finally the Ceilidh.

Many challenges presented themselves to the players – a lack of a gymnasium for practices, limited financial assistance, lack of coaching, extensive travel, work commitments, and attendance at university – these things brought the teams together and brought out the best in them. Many of the players from those Fairview teams became very involved in the game of volleyball during and after their playing days. They conducted numerous clinics in schools and in the various communities around the city, officiated, coached, and gave of their time in the administrative side of the game they loved.

We would like to acknowledge those members of the Fairview Aces who are no longer with us – William Dickie – Player Coach, Jack Jones – Player Coach, Lorne White, John Fraser, Al Roy, Edward Harris . However, many of their widows and family members are also here today to share in this induction. And we have a number of the players who were part of those dominant teams with us today and ask that they rise and be recognized – Glendon Locke, Donald Fraser, Karl Webb, Leland MacLean, David Fraser, and Douglas Fraser.

At this time I would like to ask “Fairview historian”, Don Edwards to present the Fairview Aces’ picture to Jim Cuvelier and ask David Fraser to come forward to accept the picture in acknowledgement of the Fairview Aces’ induction into the Maritime Sport Hall of Fame.