Posted November 10, 2022
On October 20, the LMBA was informed about the sudden passing of one of our umpires, Andre Jean.
Andre was a long-time resident of Terrace where he was well known as a hockey referee and baseball umpire. He umpired throughout the province and made an annual trip to the Lower Mainland to re-connect with his fellow umpires. For the past 10 years our league had the pleasure of Andre’s officiating LMBA games and I personally enjoyed doing the bases with Andre behind the plate.
Below are some excerpts from the Terrace Standard.
A man who spent years volunteering as an umpire on the ball field and as a referee on the ice is being remembered as a person who gave hours of his time supporting local athletics.
Andre Jean, known as “Frenchie”, passed away last month.
He was remembered in an on-ice ceremony at the Sportsplex Oct. 29 before the Terrace River Kings game against the Hazelton Wolverines.
Cam MacBean, who oversees referees for Terrace Minor Hockey Association, recalls Jean’s playing days as a goalie decades ago on teams in Kitimat and then officiating both ball and hockey in Terrace.
As an official, MacBean said Jean conducted a tight game, establishing a correct tone and control over teams.
And like Noble, MacBean said Jean would completely support his fellow referees.
“If there was ever a questionable call, Andre would jump in with both feet. He defended your call …. the whole nine yards. He was a fantastic person.”
Jordie Edmonds from Terrace Minor Softball said Jean, dressed in all black as an umpire, made sure young players knew the rules and protocol to follow while on the field.
“He made sure the players were respectful during the game,” said Edmonds.
“He had a heart of gold. He even took time out of his day to run infield drills.”
Jean is being honoured by Terrace Minor Softball with a decision to call its year-end tournament the Andre Jean Memorial Tournament.
People frequenting the arena will also soon see a Terrace Oldtimers Hockey Association jersey prominently displayed.
He always had a smile on his face. As a ref, if someone said something to him after a call, he’d laugh it off. But he always had total control of the game.
The LMBA extends our sincerest sympathies to Andre’s family, friends, and fellow umpires. Thanks Andre, it was a pleasure having you umpire in out league.