A STORY TO REMIND YOU JUST HOW MUCH SHUFFLEBOARD MEANS TO FAMILIES!!
In this posting I will attempt to share with you JUST HOW MUCH SHUFFLEBOARD MEANS TO THE ENGELL FAMILY.
Without spoiling my story I have to share with you that “THE REAL HEROS OF THE 24TH ISA IN RIO” are now deceased. HOWEVER; their son Evan and daughter in law Ann were so impressed, so moved by the impact Shuffleboard had on “Mom and Dad”, that they have opted to participate in the 36th ISA in Brazil!!! It is my hope that you, the reader, will begin to comprehend why they feel this way by the time I complete the article! I begin by giving you a pdf file: Wayne Engell – Shuffleboard Article and draw your attention to the pic at the top, a pic of Pat and Wayne Engell in Niteroi Brazil in 2005.
Stan Speaking in 2005: THE REAL HEROS OF THE 24TH ISA IN RIO!!
All participants of the 24th ISA demonstrated varying degrees of skill, of enthusiasm, and finesse in the execution of their games. However; one player demonstrated all of the above plus an immense amount of personal courage. Wayne Engel was released from hospital just a day before leaving for Rio. Wayne has lost one kidney to cancer and now that cancer has moved to his lungs. His trip to the hospital was to have removed seven liters of fluid from the area of his lungs. Wayne’s desire to participate one more time in an ISA Event outweighed any concern he may have had with regard to serious medical repercussions. He made the decision to go to Rio!! Wife Pat shared the view with me that she understood his great desire to participate and respected the decision he had made, albeit with a good deal of apprehension and anxiety. Any of us who were close to Wayne at the tournament noticed the difficulty he experienced in breathing; any who watched more closely will realize that he gave his best while playing the game and that effort paid off in 8 wins of the 10 games Wayne played. I would call that nothing less than astounding!! It took determination, courage and “guts”! We had a conversation on the flight back to Houston from Rio. It was evident that breathing was not easy for Wayne, but as during the competition, not a complaint did he utter. Team Captain Max Tate offered this remark: “Wayne was an inspiration to the entire team! His wins were vital to our success in this 24th ISA Event.” Congratulations Wayne from all Shufflers, and special thanks to Pat for her role in all of this. We wish you both the very best. Stan of The Shuffler 2005 09 27.
I will now add additional moving articles; these will be in pdf format: Each adds to the UNDERSTANDING OF THE STORY. Letter From Evan Engell, son of Pat and Wayne.
I now give you a report from Wayne’s wife,Pat Engell, a 2006 Report: THE SHUFFLER SALUTES WAYNE ENGELL
And now a report from Barb Norton of the FL WCD (West Coast District). As will become evident, Pat and Wayne were strong/supportive members of the WCD: Deceased 3 Wayne (and Pat) Engel 2007 11 10.
AND NOW I GIVE YOU A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, TRIBUTE BY BARB NORTON.
TRIBUTE TO WAYNE ENGELL BY BARB NORTON!
Hi Stan reading the article that you posted from Pat Engell (August 04th) brought tears to my eyes.
“Remembering Wayne as the robust do everything guy that he was makes me feel so bad that he is so sick and unable to do what he loves best. Shuffling was certainly Wayne’s life while living in Florida, what a leader he made to the Clearwater Club. Everyone respected him and his ability on the courts. Wayne was true to himself and the sport no “BS”, just plain Wayne. We traveled to a lot of tournaments together as Wayne and Jim enjoyed playing partners until the day that Wayne confided in Jim that he was no longer able to keep up the pace of Tournament play. We still miss his good humour and friendship. We call Wayne and Pat now and again and he always presents a cheerful voice and sense of humour on the phone even though we know he is not well. God bless you Wayne and Pat. Barb” (Norton ~ 2006 08 07)
SHUFFLERS NOTE: Not only was “shuffling Wayne’s life while living in Florida”, it was his life while in Ontario, his life while in Hendersonville, and in 2005 in Brazil, and as he now tells his nurse, the life he wishes to continue to live. To give other shufflers an appreciation of the respect shown to Wayne and Pat, we thought it would be useful to post an article describing the the occasion of their departure from Florida.
CLEARWATER~~THE ENGELL’S LEAVE! by barb Norton!! (Janurary of 2005)
January 7/05 just 7 days and counting until Wayne and Pat Engell leave sunny Florida for the Cold White North. On January 2nd word got around that Wayne Engell was resigning his position as President of the Clearwater Club of the West Coast District and he had sold his home in Florida and was returning to Canada. As I thought about Wayne and all the hard work and good he has contributed to Shuffleboard here in Florida and Hendersonville, North Carolina I decided that he would go out with a bang, not a whimper. So I made a phone call to the one person who I knew would help me get the ball rolling.
Pam Hill and I talked it over and decided that a party was in order. Not much time to get it together, but we would try. Shirley and Marx Kristek were just moments back from a cruise, suitcases still just inside the door, but said yes to our plea for help. The phone lines were very busy on the West Coast for the next few days. A date was set for Friday January 7th, Pot Luck Supper as we did not have time to prepare for a lot of people, Karoke would be provided by Phil Hill, Jim Norton would be the Master of Ceremonies and Glen Peltier had some good Discs he would bring along. Looked like we were set. Still not knowing how many would actually show up we arrived at the club at 4 o clock on Friday and started arranging and setting tables. We thought 72 place settings would be ample~~then we decided to throw together another 12 just in case. Well, the friends of Wayne started to arrive bearing food, hot and cold, AND by 6 o clock we had 105 people at the club and the scramble was on for seating!! Extra tables were set up, chairs found, tables set and we breathed a sigh of relief and hoped that no one else would come through the door as the clubhouse was full. A money tree and card was set up and it is true, money can grow on trees,(see the pix) as the evening progressed so did the bounty of the tree. The Food tables were laden with hot and cold dishes and the aroma was tantalizing. Jim Norton opened the evening by asking Dave Tomsett for the invocation. Dinner was announced and Wayne and Pat Engell led the way. After a scrumptious dinner the desert table was enjoyed. Geoff Bell, secretary of the Clearwater Board of Directors and 1st vice of the West Coast District announced that the Clearwater board had approved a special award inducting Wayne into the Clearwater Hall of Fame. Jim Norton asked if anyone had some memories to share about Wayne. Many came forward and the fun began. Memories of Clearwater and Hendersonville were shared. Jim reflected back to when he and Wayne won the National State Doubles at Trailer Estates in 2002~~a true highlight in both their shuffling careers. Alcide LeBlanc did his impression of Elvis Presley and Fern Lachance read a poem on the attributes of Wayne. Pat Engell laughed and shook her head and said that’s not the Wayne she knows. Ken Schultz highlighted a trip with wayne to Sebring where on the return trip the car broke down outside a cemetary which brought on the state troopers. Many laughs were shared over that episode. Virginia Fuqua reminisced about Waynes contribution to Hendersonville and how he was missed after having to leave. An invitation was extended to all to travel to Hendersonville to enjoy the Shuffling and friendship of the members. Bud Maloney told a story true or not true, about a hunting expedition in the wilds of Canada and if you believed Bud, then the three dollar bill does exist!! Thanks to all who participated in the fun times remembered, and levied at Wayne. Phil Hill entertained us royally with not only his singing ability but his sense of humour. Glen led the way with his mastery of the Karoke by singing the Auctioneer. Dancing followed and a great time was had by all. Wayne and Pat, after selling their home in Florida, purchased an RV and plan to travel a bit and enjoy each day as it comes. Wishes for safe travels and happiness go out to Wayne and Pat from all their many friends. ARTICLE BY BARB NORTON. NOTE FROM THE SHUFFLER: Wayne and Pat; A very warm and enjoyable sendoff. It is quite apparent from Barb’s article that you were well respected and much enjoyed. All Shufflers wish you well!! Stan & Alf 2005 01 08.
Stan Speaks on 2017 04 11: All files and pix from my Archives. I sincerely hope I have been able to convey the spirit, the happiness, the joy of Shuffleboard, and in particular the joy and happiness Shuffleboard brought to the Engell Family, and The Shuffleboard Family the world over. Please take the opportunity to say Hello to Evan and Ann Engell while shuffling in Niteroi, Brazil this July. YES, they will be there!! And no doubt they will be remembering their “Mom and Dad”!
Stan McCormack writing in Calabogie, ON, on 2017 04 11.