It is with great sadness that Hockey NL announces the passing of the late Frank “Danky” Dorrington, 80, of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia who passed away surrounded by family on March 11, 2013.
Danky was born in New Glasgow on January 21, 1933. He was the son of the late William and Donelda (MacKay) Dorrington. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Angie (Pitts); son, Franklin, New Glasgow; daughter, Tracy (Scott) Taylor, New Glasgow; granddaughters, Michaela and Rebecca Taylor, New Glasgow; brothers: John, New Glasgow; George (Mary), New Glasgow; sister, Gertrude Ann Dorrington Wright, Stellarton; sister in-law, Anne (Cornett) Dorrington, New Glasgow; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Danky was predeceased by his brothers: Colin (died in infancy), Hugh “Sam”; sister in-law, June (Christie) Dorrington; brother in-law, James “Rock” Wright; nieces: Kathleen Margaret and Georgina Denise Wright.
Danky was an avid sportsman, athlete and gentlemen. He was known in most hockey circles of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, winning many championships in the Maritime Provinces, the East Coast of the United States and, in his adopted province of Newfoundland. In 1972 the city of Corner Brook held a day in his honour the “Frank Danky Dorrington Day”, recognizing him for his sports achievements in both hockey and softball. Danky is a member of the Newfoundland Sports Hall of Fame (1988), member of the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association Hall of Fame (1996), a two time member of the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (2007 and 2008), and a proud member of the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame (2005).
A celebration of Danky’s life will be held at Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow, Sunday, March 17, from 12pm-3pm. Donations in Danky’s memory may be made to Summer Street Industries, Highland Community Residential Services or Play the Pros. Condolences may be sent by visiting: www.rhporter.ca
Danky had a determination to win which he showed with dignity and class right to the end.