Tributes pour in as Global Kingston sports reporter Doug Jeffries retires after 46 years – Kingston

mr. Sports of Kingston calls it a career.

Veteran Global Kingston sports broadcaster Doug Jeffries completes its final broadcast on CKWS News at 6 and 11 on Wednesday after 23 years on television and a previous 23 years on local radio.

Few broadcasters will ever reach that milestone, and Jeffries has set the bar high when it comes to his dedication to the local sports scene.

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Its lasting impact on the sports community prompted the City of Kingston to declare June 15: Doug Jeffries Day

“It was about time,” says the humble announcer about his decision to retire after 46 years behind the microphone.

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Doug Jeffries spent 23 years in radio before moving to Global Kingston in 1999, where he spent an additional 23 years as a TV sports reporter.

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The community’s tributes have poured in since Jeffries announced his retirement date more than a month ago from colleagues, coaches, athletes, teams and charities and others who praised his unabashed dedication to promoting local sports, including many that would normally not be a single player. would take shape. of television reporting.

The long list comes from all corners of the sports world – figure skating, minor hockey, curling, tennis, all kinds of high school sports to Special Olympics and the Kingston Frontenacs of OHL.

“I know the phrase has been overused, but it really has been a labor of love for me,” Jeffries says.

Born and raised in Gananoque, the local sports icon has been to just about every arena, club, track and field in southeastern Ontario during his storied career dating back to 1976.

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His longevity and likeable nature are often compared to Max Jackson, another legendary sports reporter from the early days of CKWS Television.

Jeffries wrote in his 1974 yearbook that he wanted to become a broadcaster.

“Doug was a huge fan of Max Jackson. We would jokingly call Doug “Max” all the time. That was his nickname. Doug was chasing his dream and that’s what he wanted to do,” said Danny O’Hearn, an old friend from high school.

In addition to covering local sports, Doug donated his time to support several charities, including the Special Olympics.

Pat Sheahan, former head coach of Queen’s University Gaels football club, says Jeffries played a vital role in promoting local sports at all levels. And he says Jeffries was always willing to pass on his knowledge to anyone who asked.

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“Sports are an important part of the culture as you know and Doug has been the gatekeeper and made sure people were informed and not just informed, he did it in a very personal and authentic way.”

As a parting tribute to his legacy, Kingston Police and Kingston Fire & Rescue gathered several municipal vehicles outside the Global Kingston studios on Queen Street, along with local sports clubs, to salute his contributions to the community.

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The procession of honor briefly closed Queen Street as Jeffries came out to greet the benefactors.

The ‘Pete’ Peterson basketball league was one of the many activities close to Jeffries’ heart, along with the Special Olympics, including the Shot Rocks curling team.

“Doug did a really good job interviewing you. He was genuinely interested in you and interested in the sport in general and a lot of people take that for granted – his passion for the individual, the sports team, the clubs and the city,” said Brett Gibson, coach of the Queen’s varsity hockey team.

Doug covered just about every local sport imaginable, including OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, during his storied broadcasting career.

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“Doug Jeffries has earned the respect of everyone who came into contact with him in those 46 years,” added Roland Billings of the basketball league “Pete” Peterson.

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“I grew up in Hamilton, lived in Oakville and Toronto, and I’ve never met anyone who cared as much about local sports as Doug Jeffries,” said Brad Hill, Kingston and District Sports Hall of Famer.

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Napanee Raider’s general manager Adam Bramburger summed up Jeffries’ tireless love for local sports, where the feeling between players and coaches was mutual.

“There is probably no bigger supporter, no bigger fan and no bigger promoter.”

Doug’s influence on local sports was so pronounced that the city of Kingston declared June 15, 2022, Doug Jeffries Day in the city.

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Jeffries, who was constantly moved to tears as the tributes poured in and had to pre-record his last sports broadcast to get through, expressed undying gratitude as he bid the viewers farewell.

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His signature wave at the end of his late-night sports cast paid tribute to his late father, Lou Jeffries, a legendary local sports figure in his own right.

Jeffries said it was only appropriate to choose June 15 for his retirement on his father’s birthday.

Many describe Jeffries as an ultimate team player who makes everyone feel like a champion.

Doug, enjoy your retirement. And maybe one day you’ll get that elusive hole in one!

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