R.G. ‘Bun’ Veysey Active Living Centre officially opens

by | Jun 18, 2024

Carleton North modern rec facility carries the name of a man who dedicated his life to sports, community and active living

The District of Carleton North was excited to celebrate the grand opening of the R. G. ‘Bun’ Veysey Active Living Centre on June 8, 2024.

The new facility is named after the late Bun Veysey, a New Brunswick sport and recreation icon whose name is synonymous with active living.

The grand opening celebration kicked off early in the morning, with the recreation facility open for a variety of sports and activities, including the rock bouldering wall. Outside, the Kins Club of Florenceville provided a free barbecue with free French fries sponsored by McCain Foods Ltd.

Carleton County resident Randolph “Bun” Veysey, who passed away on Nov. 9, 2020, at the age of 88, spent his life working tirelessly for sports and community development. The acclaimed athlete, coach and team builder played an instrumental role in developing minor hockey and baseball teams in the Florenceville area.

Over the years, Veysey received several awards and recognition for his athletic accomplishments and community service, including his induction into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 1995, he was inducted into the Woodstock Sports Wall of Fame, and this year, he was among the inaugural inductees of the District of Carleton North’s Sports Wall of Recognition.

Veysey’s many awards for his contributions to his community and recreational opportunities included the Vance Toner Hockey Development Award in 2001 and Rotarian of the Year in 1989.

Woodstock also named Veysey one of its “150 People Who Made A Difference” during its 150th anniversary celebrations in 2006.

Bun Veysey’s daughter Heather and son Sid addressed those attending the grand opening ceremony.

Sid Veysey, Bun’s son, thanked those who made this facility possible, saying how honoured the family was to have the facility named after their father. (Sandra Hanson photo)

“Dad would have been overwhelmed with pride and gratitude today.,” said Heather. “He would have pride in this community for creating space and possibilities for recreation enhancement. He would have been grateful that he was given the opportunity to use his natural gifts and abilities to do what he was passionate about. On behalf of the R. G. “Bun” Veysey family I wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation that you have chosen to recognize and honour our father and in this way.”

Sid, a former professional hockey player, thanked facility sponsors, particularly the McCain family.

“Dad was deeply passionate about sports and recreation and active living for everyone of all ages in the community,” said Sid. “We’re so honoured and thrilled to have this beautiful facility named after Dad.”

Carleton North Mayor Andrew Harvey echoed Sid’s sentiments, telling the River Valley Sun that the district is honoured to open a centre for all age groups and multiple sports and activities.

“It’s a real testament to Bun since he believed in active living,,” he said. “We’re very fortunate to have this in our area.”

The day included a basketball game featuring the Carleton North High School alumni against the RCMP, held after the opening ceremonies.

Wayne Veysey, a nephew to Bun, offered the ceremonial tip-off for the game.

He spoke fondly of his uncle, with whom he lived for 14 years.

“This dedication shows how important he was in the development of sports and recreation and wellness,” said Wayne. “[The family is] all very pleased – this is his legacy. He would have been so proud.”

A Carleton North Alumni basketball game was held following the opening ceremony. (Sandra Hanson photo)

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