Category: Baseball, Hockey
Year of Induction: 2023
Lee Sonier has been a devoted, industrious contributor to the Miramichi sports community for more than forty years. Lee was an accomplished baseball player who played the game at a high level, winning provincial titles with the Chatham Ironmen in 1967-68 and MVBL titles with the Napan Braves in 1974 and the Chatham Head Tigers in 1976-77. Lee has since given back to his community by coaching, organizing, and building facilities that many in Miramichi still enjoy.
He coached baseball in the Chatham Head system for twenty years, winning several championships including an NB Bantam title. He also coached hockey for ten years,
Lee was a director and treasurer on the Chatham Head Recreation Council for nearly twenty years. He was integral to the construction of the two ball fields and their maintenance and improvements over the years. He was also an original member of the MVBL Oldtimers Committee; a position he still holds.
Lee’s main responsibility entailed acquiring government funding and supervising grant programs to ensure the resulting work was completed. Today, the Waldo Henderson Memorial Ballfield and the adjacent Billy Sullivan Museum stand as testaments to Lee’s efforts.
Lee was the first recipient of the Anthony Goguen Award for volunteering in 2000 and received the Chatham Head Community Service Award in 2006. He is a welcome addition to the Miramichi Sports Wall of Fame.