NORMAN McCAULEY GRAHAM
Norman was taken from us in a fatal car accident on I5. Arrythmia was determined to be the cause.
Norman was a true skating enthusiast, competitive skater and coach. He was also a music teacher and taught school in Mount Vernon for many years.He started his skating career in the 40s at the Ferndale Roller Rink in Washington,where the rink owner Ted Bruland, was coaching, and skated from the Whatcom County Skating Club. The club then moved to the Rolladium in Bellingham Washington where he continued his skating competitvely.
He was also a member of the Ski Patrol at Mt. Baker. He loved to ski.
He married Coral (Kastner) Chalice and had two daughters, Piper and Holly, one son Kevin Graham, one nephew Alan Bruland, and one neice Jami Giammusso.
Norman coached skating at Marysville and later at Auburn Washington and was a regular member of the adult skating sessions in Auburn.
He will be remembered for his love of skating, and was always analyzing techniques, body position, and proper use of weight on the skates to produce proper edges, right up to his recent visit to Auburn.
He attended many Regional and National competitions in his later years, observing and supporting the Northwest skaters and kept current with all his skating friends in Washington, Oregon and nationwide.
HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED BY ALL HIS FRIENDS AND SKATING FAMILY
ROBERT "Bob" HEMPHILL
One of our sports greatest coaches and a true icon passed away on June 1, 2017 in Olympia Washington, not very far from where his legacy in Roller Skating began. Bob was not only a school teacher, and Hockey coach in Washington, but he also served in the submarine service during World War II.
Among many of his accomplishments in his life, he dedicated a large portion of his life to roller skating and especially hockey. Although he retired a number of years ago, he had already had a great influence on skaters, coaches, and the entire hockey program.
He built and operated Skateland in Olympia Washington in 1959, where he coached a number of National speed skaters. He received the National High Point Trophy in
1963-64 along with having 6 National Speed Champions. He coached many World Team Speed Skaters and developed many future speed and hockey coaches in the
early 60's. Bob then turned his focus to hockey by helping develop "Puck Hockey". He founded the NW Roller Hockey League in 1964 and it is still going strong today.
He was the designer and producer of the first official Puck used in puck hockey from 1971-1979. He coached the Senior Gold and Junior Divisions in puck hockey,
to 10 straight Gold Medal Placements at the Puck hockey National Championships. He made the crossover to ball or rink hockey in 1980.
Submitted by:Jim Stevenson-Bremerton Skateland
-The Northwest sends their deepest sympathy to the Family-
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