Sport: Lacrosse: Year Inducted: 1986
Like so many Cornwall athletes, Doug Fawthrop came through the Joe St. Denis OCOT programme. He played hockey, softball, baseball, football, and lacrosse; in 1939 and 1940 he won the CCVS senior track and field trophy.
While playing on OCOT lacrosse teams, Doug was picked to play for the Cornwall All-Star teams which competed in the Eastern Ontario Championships; in 1938, he was named the Most Valuable Player.
On graduating from CCVS, Doug was offered hockey scholarships to two U.S. colleges. At this point in his career, Doug enlisted in the navy and served from 1941 until 1945.
On his return from the navy, Doug went to McGill University and received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and in the summers played lacrosse for the Cornwall Seniors.
In 1946, Doug organised, played, and coached the OCOT Veterans’ entry in the Cornwall Seniors Softball League.
However, lacrosse was Doug’s first love and for 5 of the next 6 years, the Cornwall Seniors won the Quebec league Championship.
In the earlier years of his lacrosse career, Doug played forward; he swithched to defence in the latter years. An all round player, Doug, although not large in stature, was a tenacious type, and backed down from no one.
On September 2, 1947, a memorable night in Doug’s lacrosse career, while playing in Lachine, the fans went over the boards and made Doug the main target of their frustrations.
In the early 50’s, Doug took over coaching the Cornwall Seniors and for the next five years was the playing coach. During that time frame, they won 3 Eastern Ontario League Championships.
In 1958, Doug was elected to Cornwall City Council and served for 16 years, 8 of them as Chairman of Parks and Recreation.