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Collegiate Avenue school diamond to honour late trustee

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The baseball diamond at Collegiate Avenue Elementary School will be named Bob Barlow Memorial Field in honour of the late Stoney Creek trustee.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees voted unanimously on Monday to rescind their decision last June to name a baseball diamond at Sir Wilfrid Laurier after Barlow, founder of the East Hamilton Battlefield Cal Ripken League.

Ward 3 trustee Tim Simmons said the change in locations was suggested by the Barlow family. Laurier is in east Hamilton, while Collegiate is in Stoney Creek.

“Collegiate is in Bob’s ward and it was the first field and school that was used when East Hamilton Battlefield baseball was formed,” Simmons said.

“Bob began things there, so I think it’s important that this is where we do this. We have the family’s and the baseball league’s approval.”

Barlow served as trustee from 2000 to 2003 and from 2006 until his sudden death from a heart attack last May after helping prepare a baseball diamond for a game in the league he created to allow kids to play regardless of family income.

He is survived by his teenage son, Nick.

At the board, Barlow was known for his sense of humour and championing causes like improving food choices at school cafeterias and vending machines, embracing technological change and stopping bullying.

He also formed a network of trustees to advocate for a single, publicly funded education system.

A memorial plaque will be affixed to the collegiate diamond’s backstop and read, “Bob Barlow Memorial Field. Dedicated to Robert Barlow, Coach, Trustee, Father and Friend.”

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