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Chester "Chet" Petrie - Youth Coach

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On 20 Oct 2017 wrote:

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On 18 Oct 2017 wrote:

Chester "Chet" Petrie

"Chet" helped raise many East Side St. Paul kids in his 83 years. He started as a youth volunteer at Margaret Playgrounds before his mother started letting him buckle his knickers below his knees.

I think of him as Recreation Director of the old Bluff Playground, but he served at several others throughout St. Paul in his three decades with the Recreation Department.

At Chet's retirement party years ago, grown up kids he had touched took time at a packed house to say thanks for showing them how to back up a throw in baseball or pull out of the line to make a block in football. (cont.)

On 18 Oct 2017 wrote:

One kid Chet put on skates was Dave Peterson, longtime Minneapolis Southwest H.S. hockey coach and later head United States Olympic Hockey coach.

Just prior to WWII, when Chet was himself still eligible to play American Legion baseball, he organized and coached a group of East Side high school kids to the Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Championship.

Chet acted as coach, counselor, partner with neighborhood clergy, and surrogate father depending on what a particular kid needed.

There may have been those who have touched more lives but few who have touched and changed more lives personally. Chet will be missed and will be warmly remembered by middle-aged "kids" throughout St. Paul who had the good fortune to grow up on one of his recreation centers.

David Petrie

On 18 Oct 2017 wrote:

Son David Petrie [Petrie-530] - family photo collection.

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Where: St. Paul, Minnesota - Bluff Playgrounds map

When: 1950.

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