He wore a kilt to work and play, had an infectious laugh and smiled at everybody and everything.
Owen Siddall will also be remembered today at Hassen Memorial Arena as one of the most popular players in Armstrong Shamrocks lacrosse history. The celebration of life begins at 1 p.m.
‘Big O,’ as he was affectionately known, died suddenly at his home in Armstrong on Thanksgiving Sunday night. He was 46.
“He hadn’t been feeling well for a few days,” said past Shamrock president Ryan Nitchie. “This is a huge shock to everyone who knew Owen. He was one of a kind.”
Siddall, a cabinet maker, was a goalie with the Shamrocks senior C team. He was mobbed by teammates last July 15 when his 175-foot shot fooled Vernon Tigers’ netminder Ivor Sandaker at Wesbild Centre.
“He started with the Shamrocks in 2007,” said Nitchie. “He wasn’t allowed to play sports when he was growing up (in Port Alberni) and I think when he started playing lacrosse and hockey, he found himself. He sure knew how to make people laugh. I remember the first time he tried hockey, he wore gumboots on the ice.”
Former Shamrock GM Lori Pounder and Nitchie will present a slide show honouring Siddall’s life this afternoon.
“I have been asked by the family that people wear, or accessorize with, something green if you are going to attend the service,” said Shamrocks’ GM and longtime goalie Chad Pieper.
Siddall didn’t have any children, but was a cherished uncle and treated his girlfriend Sheila Stewart Bronson’s children like his own. He also found great joy in the Shamrocks’ dressing room.
“Big O was without a doubt more colourful than Don Cherry,” said Shamrocks’ head coach Glenn (Stumpy) Mitchell.
“His trash talking during practices to his sharp one-liners in the dressing room. This gentle giant’s warm smile demonstrated the love he had for us and for the Shamrocks. His unorthodox style was very effective and very entertaining to say the least. His character in the room kept us up when the chips were down. Owen loved everyone and everyone loved Owen.”