Slo-Pitch National is sad to announce the sudden passing of longtime Peterborough Tournament Coordinator, Bill Bowers.
Bill was the president of the Peterborough Slo-Pitch Association founded in 1978, and had a passion for volunteering in the Peterborough Community through his efforts with the various slo-pitch groups within the city. He was such a pillar of the Peterborough Slo-Pitch Community that the city named their new sportsfields, Bowers Park, a large park with 4 Level A slo-pitch diamonds in 1996.
Bill Bowers is Mr. Slo-Pitch in Peterborough.
He has been a dynamic builder of slo-pitch at the local, provincial and national levels. A Toronto native, Bill moved to Peterborough and organized the first slo-pitch league in 1976. He has been president of the Peterborough Slo-Pitch Association since 1977 and played a leading role in the development of the local slo-pitch council in 1986.
Bill has organized the annual Slo-Fest tournament for the past 25 years in Peterborough, one of the largest and most successful competitions in Ontario, held each Canada Day weekend. He coordinated the successful slo-pitch tournaments for the 1980 Ontario Summer Games, and the 1989 Co-Ed Provincial Championship held in Peterborough. He spearheaded the building of additional slo-pitch fields at Morrow Park. In 1989 as president of the Slo-Pitch Council, he initiated the successful fundraising campaign of $250,000.00 to build new fields which were opened at Sir Sandford Fleming College in 1991. These ball fields were renamed Bowers Park in 1996 in recognition of Bill’s contribution to the game.
Nationally, Bill played a leading role in Peterborough hosting the 1996 National Slo-Pitch Championship. In 1997, Bill was awarded the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award by the City of Peterborough.
He received the Wayne Mowry Trophy for his contributions in 1987 and in 1997 was named Peterborough’s Tourism Ambassador of the Year.
Slo-Pitch National would like to express our deepest condolences to Bill’s family, his slo-pitch family in Peterborough and friends.