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Curlers in Springdale create memorial collage for teammate Peggy Brewer

Former teammates of Peggy Brewer — from left, Fay Rideout, Sue Pelley and Annette Clarke-Jacobs — remembered and honoured her with a memorial collage this year at the St. Patrick’s Day Curling Bonspiel in Springdale.
Former teammates of Peggy Brewer — from left, Fay Rideout, Sue Pelley and Annette Clarke-Jacobs — remembered and honoured her with a memorial collage this year at the St. Patrick’s Day Curling Bonspiel in Springdale. - Submitted

Teammates say she was like family

SPRINGDALE, NL — When the Springdale Curling Club posted a memorial photo of Peggy Brewer at the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Bonspiel, her former teammate Fay Rideout had no problem finding her good friend in a picture.

Brewer never looked for the spotlight, but she was always there to participate or lead the charge as an organizer and volunteer, according to Rideout, the club’s treasurer.

Rideout and Brewer’s other curling mates — Sue Pelley and Annette Clarke-Jacobs — looked through all the photos they could find of their friend and teammate and realized the task of choosing just one would be next to impossible.

Since a single photo couldn’t capture Brewers’ joyful, friendly spirit, they made a collage.

The memorial collage for Peggy Brewer.
The memorial collage for Peggy Brewer.

 

“We found a whole bunch of pictures,” said Rideout. “Peggy with the team, Peggy socializing, Peggy with her family. And, of course, Peggy in our team’s Paddy’s Day uniform.”

Pelley says the collage helped show who her friend really was.

“She always put other people first and she did anything she could in the community,” Pelley said. “She was a strong supporter of anything her daughter, Julia, was involved in. She volunteered with the Bluefins, with minor hockey, with figure skating.

“She was fun-loving. Sociable, but quiet sociable.”

The team members couldn't bring themselves to play in the Bonspiel — a long-standing tradition in the town — when Brewer was ill. After she died in March 2016, they knew she would want them to return to her beloved sport.

Even though their hearts weren’t in it, they returned for the 2017 event.

Making the collage to celebrate their teammate made things a little easier this year, according to the ladies. After about 15 years of playing together, they will always miss their friend.

“When we got together, we were so close,” Clarke-Jacobs said. “We were like family.

“We hope the collage helps people to have happy thoughts, and to remember Peggy as the all-around fun person that she was.”

The collage in honour of Peggy Brewer is now on permanent display at the Springdale Curling Club.

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