Pierre Paul PiloteDecember 11, 1931 ~ September 9, 2017 (age 85)
It is with great sadness the family of Pierre Pilote announce his passing surrounded by family at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Anne Pilote (nee Greshchyshyn) and companion of June Gerdes-Beard. Cherished father of Denise Pilote (Doug Worsley), Pierre Jr. (Anita Tobin), Renee Pilote (William Bateman) and David (Charlene Summerfield). He is sadly missed by his grandchildren; Wesley (Amber), Brittany (Tyler), Rebecca (Bearman), Brendan (Erin), Delta, Zachary, Vaughan, Nellianne, Karson, Troy, Drake and Micha. Great-grandfather of Mackenzi, Aubrey, Harrison and Phoenix. Brother of Reine-Marie Zylberstein, Florent Pilote, Paulette Lavertu (Rejean), Gilles Pilote and the late Yolanda Tucker (survived by Keith). Pierre will be fondly remembered by all members of our family, the many friends whose lives he enriched and the many hockey fans his illustrious career touched.
A long-time captain of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks, he won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and won three Norris Trophies as the NHLs best defenseman. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975 and his #3 jersey was retired by the Blackhawks in 2008. He was made an honourary Ambassador of the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
A celebration of life and tribute will be held at Liberty North Event Facility, 100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, Ontario on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2:30-5 p.m. Another celebration of life and tribute will be held at the Brian Orser Hall, Penetanguishene Memorial Arena, 61 Maria St., Penetanguishene, Ont. on Sunday, November 12, from 1-4 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to the local hospital of your choice, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, The Canadian Cancer Society or the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame would be appreciated. Online condolences and more ceremony information is available at www.leclaircremationcentre.ca