Andrew Ross 'Punch' Walker passed away in a Toronto hosiptal on Feb 13, 1997. His bequith to the University along with donations from friends and former Teammates has created the Ross 'Punch' Walker Memorial Merit Awards.
1929 - 1997
UNB BSc.Eng. (Civil) 1952
A native of Montreal, Punchy served on the Associated Alumni Council from 1989 to 1995, and was particularly active in the aera of scholarships and finances. He had been involved in the Gillan Scholars selection committee since its inception.
He founded Maritime Engineering Ltd. in Fredericton, in 1954, and was president until the company was sold in 1987. He was a philatelist, a hunter and a fisherman. During his student years at UNB Punch played football and was the star goalie for the Red Devils. He remained a supporter of the football team until it was dropped from the varsity program in 1981. Punch continued his patronage of athletics through the hockey program and could be found cheering UNB at their home games at the Aitken University Centre.
Ross 'Punch' Walker with Coach Kelly and Ken Marchant
UNB's year book Up the Hill - 1952
"Teeth may come and teeth may go, but I play hockey for ever." Yes, through black eyes and missing dentures, Punchy has thrilled the crowds at York Arena, both as a goalie for the Fredericton Caps and then Senior Varsity team for three years. On the football field, Punch's three years as a Bomber were climaxed this year with his history-making 90-yard dash. As a true upholder of that company, he also enlisted in the Moosehead branch of the intramural basketball league. When Punch wasn't seen driving around in Lofty's Hudson during his residence at Alex., he was probably engaged in the manufacturing business that thrived in that section. As far as clubs are concerned, he is a member of the Engineering Society, and this year made a sparkling debut in the Dramatic Society.
Puck dropping cermony before the Ross 'Punch' Walker Memorial Game on
Sat. Jan. 22nd, 2000. UNB went on to a 7-6 Overtime victory.
L-R: UNB Acting Captain Craig Minard, Mrs Walker, UNB Athletic Director Clint Hamilton
and SMU Captain Robert MacIsaac (Photo by Rob Blanchard).
2009/10 Kyle Bailey, Luke Gallant & Hunter Tremblay
2008/09 Derek Yeomans, Dave Bowman & Robert Pearce
2007/08 Mike Ouzas, Denny Johnston & Dustin Friesen
2006/07 Reg Bourcier, Rob Hennigar & Jesse Ferguson
2005/06 Reg Bourcier, Rob Hennigar & Jesse Ferguson
2004/05 Calvin Watson, Craig Mahon, Colin Sinclair & Kevin Werner
2003/04 Reg Bourcier, Calvin Watson & Kevin Werner
2002/03 Gene Chiarello, Dave Geris & Joe Gurbe
2001/02 Gene Chiarello, Calvin Watson & Darren Shakotko
2000/01 Craig Minard, Graham Schlender & Joe Bouvier
1999/00 Ken Carroll, Ryan Naismith & Rob Hegberg
1998/99 Ken Carroll and Chris van Dyk
1997/98 Ken Carroll and Dax MacLean
L-R: Chris van Dyke, Ken Carroll and Mrs. Walker
(Photo by Rob Blanchard)
L-R: Ken Carroll, Mrs. Walker and Ryan Naismith
(missing Rob Hegberg). (Photo by Rob Blanchard)
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