Softball NL Is Saddened To Learn That Carl Lake Passed Away On Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
To Carl’s Family & Friends, Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You During This Difficult Time.
Anyone who met Carl Lake quickly realized that outside of family and friends that his true passion was sports, all sports, but especially baseball.
His commitment, dedication, and passion for Local Sports was clearly evident and no more prevalent then when he started “The Sports Phone” – an automated recording that provided information about Local Sports, which later evolved into the creation of “The Sports Page” – a website committed to promoting Local Sports.
Softball was one of many sports in the Province that would benefit from the added exposure, promotion and support provided by Carl Lake through The Sports Phone and The Sports Page.
Softball NL are proud to say that Carl Lake served on the Softball NL Host Committees for the 1989 Senior Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship and the 1991 Junior Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship, both held in St. John’s at Lions Park.
Throughout the years, Carl Lake was definitely a friend to Softball. From covering Local Leagues and Tournaments, to the Softball NL AGM, Awards Presentations, Hall of Fame Ceremonies and Provincial Tournaments held at all levels, as well as Teams representing the Province at the Canadian Fastpitch Championships or Eastern Canadian Softball Championships and athletes and coaches from the Province being named to the National Team Athlete Pool, attending National Team Selection Camps and being named to the National Team and participating in International Events.
There is no question that the Local Sports Community have lost its most committed, dedicated, and passionate supporter, but his contributions will last forever.
Thank-You Carl For Everything!
The Sports Phone Is Your Source For Local Sports!
The Sports Page Is Local Sports!
It is with profound sadness that the family of Carl Lake announces his passing on November 18, 2020.
A proud husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Carl dearly loved St. Bon’s, baseball, the Boston Bruins, and #4 Bobby Orr.
Predeceased by his parents, Patrick & Agnes (Winslow) Lake and special Aunt Mary (Doll) Winslow.
Leaving to mourn are his loving wife Debby (Stamp), daughter Carla (Lee Edwards), son Steven, stepdaughters Melanie Collins (Matthew Pittman), Terri Collins and Cindy Collins (Orion Batten), and his pride and joy, grandsons Nathan Edwards and Cameron Edwards. Also mourning are his sister Rosalie (Owen Trickey), father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Margie Stamp, sisters-in-law Wanda (Ron Learning) and Mary Lou (Andrew Wareham), nephews Geoffrey Trickey, Colin Trickey, and Eric Learning (Alanah Whiteway), and nieces Emily Learning, Emma Wareham and Anna Wareham, as well as special aunt and uncle Elizabeth and Bill Feehan.
Left with fond memories are life-long friends Steve McCarthy, Danny Dodd and the Faceys – Christopher, Nigel, Nicholas and Timothy, special friends Anthony Germain, James Targatt and Kelly Piercey, his beloved baseball family – the umpires, players, coaches and executive members of the St. John’s Amateur Baseball Association, along with a large circle of friends and relatives.
Carl’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the paramedic program, community health nurses, staff of 4 North A and palliative care staff for their kindness and compassion during his illness, and especially to their friends, who were always within arms-reach for whatever was needed, whenever it was needed. Your friendship and kindness were always appreciated and will never be forgotten.
Resting at Caul’s Funeral Home, LeMarchant Road on Friday, November 20 from 3:00pm – 9:00pm. Funeral Service to take place on Saturday, November 21 from Caul’s Chapel at 1:30pm and can be viewed by clicking on the following link https://vimeo.com/event/483194.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. John’s Amateur Baseball Association or the St. Bonaventure’s Scholarship Program.
Carl had a long and varied career that took him from reporting news and sports to the steps of government and back again.
Carl’s career in journalism started 1968 as a rookie reporter for the Daily News. From there he turned his attention to television. He joined CJON-TV in 1972, and received the Dan McArthur Journalism Award in 1976 for his documentary on the Come By Chance Oil Refinery. In 1978 he moved to CBC Here & Now as a sports reporter, his true passion.
In 1985, Carl shifted gears and moved into the political field as Executive Assistant and Communications Director to the Hon. Jerome Dinn, Minister of Mines, Energy and Housing.
The media and sports called him back and in 1989 he went to work as a sports reporter and on-the-spot news reporter for VOCM.
Carl left the “traditional media” in 1995 and set out on a new path. He noticed there was a lack of reporting of local sports and set out to correct that. He started “The Sports Phone”, an automated recording that brought callers information about local sports. Several years later, Carl moved to an online platform and started “The Sports Page”, which he administered right up to his passing.
One of Carl’s proudest moments was being the driving force behind broadcasting the Herder Memorial Hockey Championship games for the first time on the internet and providing colour commentary for those games.
Carl loved all sports, but none more than baseball. He proudly devoted most of his life to the game. In his early days, he was a ball boy at St. Pat’s Ballpark. After his playing careers, Carl shifted his baseball energy to umpiring, which lead to his induction into the St. John’s Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Baseball NL Hall of Fame in 2006.
Carl was a baseball umpire for 53 years and on September 1, he officiated his final game.
As Carl often remarked, St. Pat’s was his own piece of heaven.
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever