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 Died in Chatham in 1991

1934 Colored All Stars Baseball Team
1937-38 SR. Maroons
1949-50 St.Clair Maroons
1953 BR.431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1956 BR 431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1958-59 Rotary JUV. Hockey
1959-60 Senior Maroons
1969-71 S. Elliott Perf Racing
1973 Kinsmen Pee Wee Baseball Team
1974-75 JMSS Boys Basketball Team
1977-78 Chatham Royals Inter. "C" Hockey
1979 Huron & Erie Beverages Midgets
1983-84 & 1984-85 Maple City Jr.Ice Crystals
1985 Chatham Juvenile Baseball Team
1985-86 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1986-87 BR28 Bantams Team
1989-90 CKSS Boys ""AA" Volleyballl Team
1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1997 Sun-Out Diamonds Sr. Baseball Team
1998-99 JR.Maroons
Archie Stirling
Arthur Pelkey
Bill Atkinson
Bill Robinson
Bill Stobbs
Bob Weedon
Brian Wiseman
Carrie Carleton (Dillon)
Casey Maynard
Ches Dawson
Courtney Babcock
Leyte Wilson "Copper"
Dale Lahey
Dan Lewis
Dave Allin
Dave Gagner
David Seton
Dennis McCord
Derek Krete
Don Gillett
Don Hinnegan
Doug Allin
Doug Anakin
Doug Melvin
Earl Flat Chase
Ed Myers
Ed Wright
Elaine Hinnegan
Fergie Jenkins
Fran Crummer
Gene Dziadura
George Aitken
George Bruette
Harold Gillies
Harold McFarlane
Herb Wakabayashi
Irma (Grant) Isaac
Jim Maynard
Joe Zimmer
Joe Malo
Joelle Batten-Daigneau
John McKay
Karrie Williams
Keith Crummer
Larry Babcock
Larry Lahey
Lloyd Davidson
Marion (Watson) Stanton
Martin Aarts
Max Lenover
Mel Wakabayashi
Mort Giles
Norman Morris 'Chirp'
Peter Gilbert
Randy Rybansky
Richard Doey
Ron Blommers
Ross Babcock
Ron Coristine
Ross Day
Roy Galloway
Roy Oscar 'Doc' Miller
Sandra Tewksbury
Shae-Lynn Bourne
Shirley Pilson
Smoke, R.S.Reynolds
Tyson Parry
Wilfred  Harding

Birth Date: 1921-91
From: Chatham, Ontario

Category Athlete Legend

Shirley was born in Pembroke and excelled as a youth in several sports including swimming, track, and basketball. In 1946, she married Al Pilson, moved to the Maritimes before coming to Chatham in 1972 when Al was transferred by the Bank of Nova Scotia. While in New Brunswick, Shirley excelled at golf and curling at the local, provincial, and national levels and while in Chatham, she continued her excellence particularly in curling.  

Shirley died in Chatham in 1991, having established herself as one of the top curlers in Canada. She was survived by husband, Al, 3 sons, Ashton, Charles, and Timothy, and 8 grandchildren.

  • 1937, 1938, & 1939 - won the Pembroke Ontario Ladies Long Distance Swim
  • 1960's - played on 6 teams that won the New Brunswick Ladies Curling Championship - was skip on 4 of these - 1968 - was vice-skip of the New Brunswick Mixed Championship team - 1971 - won the New Brunswick Senior Ladies Golf Championship and competed in the Canadian Championship
  • 1972 - was runner-up in the New Brunswick Senior Ladies Golf Championships and competed at the Canadian Championships where she was New Brunswick team captain - 1975 - representing the Chatham Granite Club, skipped her team to the Ontario Senior Ladies Curling Championship - went on to be Finalists at the Canadian Championship - 
  • 1982 - representing the Chatham Granite Club, skipped her team to the Ontario Senior Ladies Curling Championship - went on to the Canadian Championships - 1985, 1986, & 1987 - representing the Chatham Granite Club, skipped her teams to 3 consecutive Southern Ontario Diamond Senior Ladies Curling Championships - 1991 - one of the curling teams of which she was a member was inducted into the Bathurst, N.B. Sports Hall of Fame.
  • 1992 - received an Appreciation Award from the Southern Ontario Ladies Curling Association for her contributions to curling - 2011 - was made an Honourary Life Member of the Ontario Curling Association as a curler who had won at least 5 Ontario Provincial (OCA Sanctioned) Championships.

L-R Pat Jones, Doris Cowan, Mary Bagnall, Shirley Pilson

Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2014