I would like to take this opportunity to mention the loss of our brother, Chris Palm. There will be more to come on Chris closer to the next Alumni Day when the club will honour his memory.
I had the honour and the pleasure of knowing Chris a bit, and play rugby with him a bit. While working my way up in the Beaver hierarchy I was told rugby stories by veterans like Jim "Slibby" Stewart. Many stories featured Chris Palm which to my memory had him starting something or ending something. Early in my First Division career we were short on prop forwards and coach Roger Pells coaxed Chris out of retirement. I was surprised by his stature, in my head he had to be 6 foot tall. Instead I distinctly remember thinking, "hey, this guy is a really good player". I believe his brother, and current Beaver coach Randy "Palmer" Palm was our 10 at the time as well. Chris finished the season and went back into rugby retirement. I was very lucky to join the club when I did in 1980, I got to meet and play with some of the early Beaver legends such Slibby, Palmer, & of course Chris.
Chris was also an avid car guy who managed to finish his mid-30s Ford street rod 3 or 4 years ago. I would often run into Chris & Randy at car shows and we would talk about our cars, what stage they were at, what problems we were having getting parts, what we liked at the show, and what we need to see. I also saw Chris at the annual automotive swap meet at the Tradex in Abbotsford. I saw him there last spring hanging out with his early Ford car club buddies. Things never did align for me to see his finished car, to date. I have seen several pictures and I know it's gorgeous. I know the wheels were worth more than all of my cars together at the time when he got them, and maybe now. I hope to see it yet. There never seems to be enough time. I always loved seeing the Palm brothers and always had an eye out for them.
I was very sad to hear about Chris's passing. I am sorry for our collective loss. Our sincerest condolences to Randy Palm and the Palm family.
I am looking forward to honouring the memory of our friend at our next alumni game.