Fort St. John sports pioneer Mike Chambers dies

A pioneer in the Fort St. John sports community has died.

Longtime resident Michael Chambers died June 30 at the age of 84. 

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Born in Harron Middlesex, England, Chambers immigrated to Victoria in 1951. He moved up to Fort St. John in 1958 to work as a teacher, and where he was involved with the school system until 1975.

Over those 17 years, Chambers had a big hand in the beginning of school sports and minor hockey in the city.

"While teaching in Fort St. John ... Mike was instrumental in the early development of not only school sports but also Fort St. John minor hockey," family and friends said in his obituary.

"Mike had a positive influence on the lives of many young people in the Fort St. John area and will long be remembered for his contributions to the community as a whole."

After seven years away, Chambers moved back to Fort St. John in 1983, working for the B.C. Housing Commission.

He was a fixture in the stands at the North Peace Arena, where he followed the Fort St. John Huskies and Senior Flyers. He was also a regular face at city hall, where he attended most meetings and was often the only member of the public in the gallery.

Longtime friend Bob Trobak remembers Chambers for his love of hockey and his independence. 

"He enjoyed hockey until the bitter end, he even outlasted the season," said Trobak. "He was very independent, didn't like to admit defeat, and tried to do everything he could on his own."

As per his request, there will be no formal services.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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