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Avid sportsman Chaster's accomplishments lengthy

Duffy and Pat Chaster received the City of Duncan
Duffy and Pat Chaster received the City of Duncan's Scroll of Honour in December of 2010.
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Geoffrey (Duffy) Chaster was a man for all seasons, a man who didn't need any reasons for getting involved in something other than the love of his community.

Chaster, a city of Duncan Scroll of Honour winner in December of 2010 along with wife Pat, died Sept. 14 after his latest battle with cancer. He was 82.

Duffy and Pat had just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Sept. 11.

Duffy's long association with sports in the valley included basketball, baseball, golf and soccer. A scholarship is still given out today within the Duncan Basketball Association bearing Duffy and Pat's names.

Pat said Duffy's nickname stemmed from an early age.

"He's had that ever since he was five years old,'' she said. "He was trying to say Geoffrey.''

The person he was talking to decided it was easier just to call him Duffy. It didn't have anything to do with his golfing talents because he was always better than a Duffer.

Duffy was born in Duncan and found the love of his life, Pat, who was from the community near Coombs known as Hillier (sometimes spelled Hilliers) near Coombs, at Bucky's Sports Shop.

"Bucky kind of introduced us a little bit,'' said Pat.

She didn't really like him at first. But Duffy kind of grew on her and they crossed paths many times before becoming a couple.

"We did so many things,'' said Pat.

Duffy golfed for more than 50 years. In 1952, Pat started coaching a midget girls' basketball team and needed Duffy as her chauffeur.

"He had to go along because I didn't drive,'' she said. "I've never had a driver's license.''

The Chasters have lived in the same house in Duncan since 1955.

Duffy's involvement in baseball as an umpire resulted in the Duncan association sending him to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the world headquarters for Little League Baseball.

"That was a real experience,'' said Pat.

"It was through him that the soccer fields got going at Sherman Road,'' she added.

He got the soccer association to buy the old maternity ward at the hospital and turn it into a clubhouse.

It would take a book to list all the couple's sports and community undertakings. They both enjoyed every moment.

The Scroll of Honour two years ago was a tremendous surprise, according to Pat.

"We had everybody over for supper,'' she said. "All of a sudden, everybody says we've got to go.''

Luckily, they lived close to city hall so getting there on time — even on short notice — wasn't a problem.

The Chasters also won the Sports Couple of the Year award from the Duncan Chamber of Commerce in February of 1973 where Babe Pratt was a guest speaker and the Duncan Kiwanis perpetual trophy for outstanding service to the youth in the Cowichan Valley in June of 1984.

No memorial service was planned, as per Duffy's request.

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