Sports Wall of Fame

Robb, John

Robb, John
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John Robb, born in Dunnville, and a resident of this city for more than 70 years, has been a fixture on ball diamonds and on the ice for more than 50 years as an umpire and hockey official. Few officials in the history of local sports have had a longer run of respected work or would be more recognizable than Robb.

Although he had modest athletic skills as a young man, Robb found his lifelong passion in officiating and pursued this aspect in his spare time from the late 30's until the mid-90's. There was no "off season" for Robb who umpired in baseball, fastball, and latterly slo-pitch in the warm months after performing his winter time duties as a hockey referee or linesman.

His officiating career started locally but soon branched out to become regional, provincial, national, and finally international. His umpiring was on local ball diamonds and in the Niagara Region, but his involvement in hockey and oldtimer hockey saw him reach the linesman ranks in the Ontario Hockey Association JuniorLeague and referee in Oldtimer events provincially, nationally and internationally. He only gave up Oldtimer Hockey officiating five years ago but still travels across North America to stay involved in the sport. While Robb was usually paid for his officiating roles, "not very much most of the time", he says with a laugh - there's no question he brought a true love of athletics to his various roles in the different sports. Few men or women in Niagara Falls can be proud of officiating three different generations in the same families, but that's one of the reasons John Robb is a true builder of sports in Niagara Falls. 

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Title 14th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - John Robb, Mayor Wayne Thomson
Creator  Simon, Pat
Notes  Induction January 2003 ;
Date  January 19, 2003.
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