The introductory honors fell to Peter Mills, who played and coached with his elder role model. It was a surefire hat trick that moved the 100-plus guests who had gathered. Seated at Don’s table was another hockey guru, Pep Wood. A knee replacement and subsequent stroke could not keep him away.
No need belaboring speeches, only to say the honor was long overdue. Don paid tribute to Cathy, his wife of 50 years, along with four children and seven grandchildren all living nearby. The only way Cathy could spend time with her husband was by visiting the rink.
What’s more, Don came up through the ranks of Scouting and applauded its every innuendo. He spoke from the heart, not a prepared script, regaling one story after another until it was time to give up the mike.
“Kids are not born bad — give them a chance and they’ll succeed,” he emphasized.
Like Wilson, Tim Jordan built up his own resume with community service and sports, whether it’s the Haverhill Y League, Riverside-Bradford Baseball or Haverhill Youth Soccer.
He does triathlons and cycling. This will be his fifth year participating in the Cycle for Shelter, a 100-mile charity ride which takes place each July.
A local boy who’s made good, Tim breathes Haverhill. As owner and operator of a financial and insurance enterprise, he is closely associated with Team Haverhill where he was deeply involved with the Essex Street Gateway Community Mural and the Art Walk.
Add to that the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Greater Haverhill Foundation and Sacred Hearts Parish Finance Committee. He and wife Lindsay of 14 years enjoy four children.
Regan Flynn remains another home-grown icon, taking over the Ford enterprise from her dad Frank Regan and building it into a venerable success story. She credits her mom as a role model — a businesswoman with great insight into management.