December 11, 2013 09:49
Former PBA50 Tour player Fred Baldwin, of Sturgis, Mich., who was awarded the first PBA50 Tour Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award in 2008 died Monday at the age of 83.
The Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is given to the PBA50 (senior) player who demonstrates the highest level of sportsmanship during the season.
“I was surprised – there were five other guys nominated, who had all won championships,” said Baldwin when he was notified that he earned the award in 2008. “I’m just an old guy out there having the time of his life. It’s the best honor I’ve ever had in my life.”
Other past sportsmanship award winners include Robert Harvey, 2013 and 2010, Dave Soutar, 2012, Ray Randall, 2011 and Larry Graybeal, 2009.
Baldwin, a retired bank executive, was a Korean War veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years.
A private memorial service and graveside service will take place at a later date. The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Animal Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 593, Centreville, MI 49032.
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