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Remembering Côte Saint-Luc sportsman Mike Rothpan

Mike Rothpan passed away last week at the age of 90.

I have fond memories of Mike, whom I first met as a youngster. He was a crafty lefthanded pitcher in the Côte Saint-Luc Slo Pitch Association. This was not softball. A pitcher needed to bring in his delivery  with a very  high “slow pitch” and he did so perfectly.

Mike Rothpan

Mike was not only among the best players; he also sported the nicest moustache in the community. When I saw him walking down the aisles of the local IGA not too long ago, the masterful moustache was still very much in place.

When I became old enough to play and serve as an organizer for the Slo Pitch Association I became friendly with Mark Rothpan, Mike’s son. As a chartered accountant he also served as league treasurer. Together, Mark, Mike and I worked on coordinating the annual awards banquet each fall. It was usually held at the old Bill Wong’s on Decarie. I must say that Mike took this task very, very seriously. Our league always had a solid turnout- probably in the 90 percent range. My late Larry, a good friend of Mike’s, was the emcee and he always secured a prominent sports personality as our guest. The meal was great and so was the company.

I’d also see Mike at the Snowdon YM-YWHA. He was very conscious of staying in shape. And after showering from a workout, he’d walk out of the locker room looking like a million books: his hair slick backed….and oh that terrific moustache!

Mike was a big family man, dad to Mark, Sharon and Debra. So it was with a heavy heart he had to say good-bye a few years ago to his daughter Debra , who lost a battle with cancer. No parent should have to outlive their child.

Mike also lost his loving wife of 58 years, Eleanor. In recent years he was grateful to have the company of Rose Gotteiner. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Last year, for Father’s Day, Mark produced a touching video of his dad.

Give it a view here. It  is full of smiles and joy

Rest in peace Mike and please say hello to my dad, whom I am sure has already given you a hero’s welcome to heaven.



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