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Coburn, Tom "Pro"

Coburn, Tom
‘Pro’ came to Ridley in 1917 as a groundsman and Cricket Professional and coached Cricket from 1917-1949 winning 15 Championships. His physical efforts and endless dedication to his work were critical to the success of hockey at the school over the same time period. The boys of the school had such affection for him that they made up excuses or looked for work to do at the rink just to be around him.  After two years of valiantly attempting to make ice in a climate that did not want to cooperate, on December 8, 1950, ‘Pro’ was chosen to drop the puck on the new artificial ice surface, ushering in the modern era of the game at Ridley.  To quote the late Paul Lewis – “Pro died in 1968 having influenced more Ridleians than he could have ever imagined. His life was very happily “consumed in service”.
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