Terry Sanderson’s legacy lives on – passed Nov. 27

December 3, 2014   ·   0 Comments

TerryWhen he passed away on November 27, 2014, Terry Sanderson left a legacy in the sport of lacrosse that is unmatched in Orangeville and much of the lacrosse world at the national level.

At the time of his death at age 62, he was General Manager of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League.

Sanderson took a leave of absence from the position earlier in November after becoming ill while in Florida and succumbed several days later.

In a statement released by Rock owner and president Jamie Dawick, Darwick said the organization is extremely saddened by Sanderson’s passing.

“’T’, as he was best known to everyone, was with me since day one with the franchise after I bought the team in the summer of 2009. I learned a lot form T, not only about the game he loved so much, but also about loyalty and respect, something T showed in spades to his players. He formed the foundation of how the Toronto Rock operate and build a team and it’s the legacy that he will leave behind for us as we move forward.”

A member of the Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Sanderson’s involvement in the sport is now legendary.

Beginning as a player at the Junior level in Bolton, he played at the senior level in Orangeville, Fergus, and Victoria B.C., and as a pro in Quebec and Syracuse.

With his playing career over, he turned to coaching and building the sport, helping to create the Orangeville Junior B Northmen in 1989, then the Orangeville Junior A team in 1991, leading that team to Minto Cup championships in 1993, 95, and 96.

Moving to the Brampton Excelsiors, he led the squad to a Mann Cup as head coach in the 2002 season, then again in 2008 and 09 serving as GM and assistant coach.

He joined the Toronto Rock, winning the NLL championship in 2005, before moving on to Philadelphia and the Calgary Roughnecks.

Sanderson again signed on with the Rock in 2009 as assistant coach, before taking the position of GM.

A funeral service for Mr. Sanderson will be held at the Compass Community Church, 246289 Hockley Rd. Mono, on Friday December 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

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