My condolinces go out to the Upton family as the Vernon Vipers have lost a true friend, a long time season ticket holder & a true diehard Vipers fan on Monday August, 13th after a battle with lung cancer. Terry Upton (1941-2012) was born in Kelowna, BC after moving around for work Terry and his wife moved back to the Okanagan to retire (Vernon, BC) in 2003 and has had season tickets with the Vipers since.
I had the chance to meet Terry at the Vipers training camp back in 2009 as we became very close friends at and away from the rink. We both loved the game of hockey and the Vipers wich made for some great debates & conversation at the rink in between periods. I would see and talk to Terry at every Vipers home game as well as keep in touch through e-mail talking nothing but Viper hockey. We both would e-mail each other back and forth through out the season and summer talking about the Vipers.
I last spoke with Terry about two weeks ago after the Vipers had announced some news, Terry was really excited and looking forward to the upcoming season and hope he wasnt going to miss too many games with his treatment. Terry was really excited and looking forward to hosting the 2014 Royal Bank Cup and hoped he was going to be around to watch it.
Terry was very well educated and I learned alot from him over the years, Terry was a big follower of my blog and was always much appreciated of my blog and work. Im going to miss our hockey talk and his outgoing personalty as well as our friendship we bonded together over the last few years. A great guy, a true friend and a huge hockey fan that will be missed!
For all friends, family and Viper fans that knew Terry there will be a Memorial service that will be held this coming Saturday, August 25th at Bethel Funeral Chapel at 2pm Anyone attending is asked to wear bright colors as Terry loved bright colors.
Were all going to miss you Terry!! Go Vipers Go!!
R.I.P Terry Upton (1941-2012)