The late Jerry Callaghan, a stalwart volunteer in town and a booster of athletics, is the first inductee into the Caledon Sports Hall of Fame.
Created to recognize, memorialize and celebrate the accomplishments of those taking part in Caledon athletics both past and present, Callaghan was inducted in the category of builder. The former Toronto firefighter was nicknamed “The Commissioner” for the many leadership roles he undertook in the local sporting scene. He died in 2008 at age 63.
In a lifetime dedicated to volunteering, Callaghan helped establish the old Junior A hockey Caledon Canadians as well as the recreational Sunday Night Hockey League at arenas in Bolton and Mayfield. Callaghan also served as commissioner of the Caledon Senior Hockey League along with having active roles with the Bolton Minor Hockey Association and the Bolton Men’s Slo-Pitch League. Outside of sports, he helped with Caledon Meals on Wheels and Caledon Community Services.
The concept of a Caledon Sports Hall of Fame came into focus last year as part of the overall expansion plans for the Caledon East Community Complex. A plaque honouring Callaghan was unveiled recently with plans to have a permanent home for inductees in place at the complex by 2021.
Photo: Family members of the late Jerry Callaghan pose in front of his plaque commemorating his induction into the Caledon Sports Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy the Town of Caledon