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Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame Inductee - Ronald Vernor (Vern) Dynes

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Sport(s): Baseball, Hockey and Soccer
Category: Builder (Sponsor)
Year of Induction: 2000

Ronald Vernor (Vern) Dynes has been an avid supporter of sport in Richmond Hill since moving to the town in 1955. Vern bought the jewellery store now known as Dynes Jewellers, and over the years has sponsored many sporting organizations, including:

  • Mercantile hockey, 1955-1959
  • Minor hockey, 1955-present
  • Minor baseball, 1955-present
  • Minor soccer, 1955-present
  • Dynes Jewellers Softball/Fastball, 1956-1980
  • Junior “B” Dynes Hockey, 1974-1979
  • Junior “B” Dynes Hockey, silver medal winners, Ontario Winter Games, 1977

    Some of Vern’s achievements include:

  • Ontario Bicentennial Award for Volunteers, 1984
  • Richmond Hill’s Corporate Citizen of the Year, 1995

    The Dynes fastball teams won many championships, and through Vern’s support, Richmond Hill continued to have a world class fastball team for many years. In 1972, the Dynes team won the World Championship in Manila, Philippines, becoming the only club team to ever win the World Championship. Over the years, the Dynes team gave the citizens of Richmond Hill the opportunity to be part of a high quality and entertaining sport. In fact, the rivalry between the Dynes, Newmarket Rays and Oshawa Tony’s is legendary.

    Vern has four children and 12 grandchildren. In his limited spare time he regularly visits Dufferin County, where he was raised and where he owns a farm, to attend community events and to renew old friendships along with harvesting potato crops.
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