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In the 1940's and the 1950's, Harry Stewart was a name synonymous with officiating in the Niagara Falls area.
In 1946 Harry umpired for the City Industrial Softball League. Recognizing the need for a unified officiating body, he organized the Niagara Falls Softball Umpires Association in 1948. Harry was also the association's first president and also held the position of Umpire-in-Chief until 1950. Harry also served as an umpire for intermediate and senior baseball in the Niagara District Inter-County and International League, which included play with Lewiston, North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls, New York teams.
Harry was a prominent official in the sport of basketball as well. Commencing in 1946, Harry was a referee in both the Girls and Boys Church Basketball leagues', juvenile, junior and senior divisions. The following year, he refereed for both junior and senior mens' and womens' high school basketball. At the same time he refereed n the intermediate and senior divisions of the Canadian - American Basketball League. He also officiated in the Niagara District Big Six Senior Baskeball League. In 1952, he organized the YMCA Mens Basketball school directing more than 50 youngsters in this skill clinic. Harry continued umpiring and refereeing until 1954.
Harry Stewart gained pleasure in the knowledge that his contribution to the community in the form of officiating, helped enable many youth to experience the sports he so loved.
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