Sunday, December 03, 2006

Kalamazoo owner Parfet passes away

The United Hockey League lost a member of its family last Monday when “R.T.” Parfet Jr. passed away at the age of 84. Parfet was the owner of the Kalamazoo Wings since April 2002.

Before his time in the UHL, Parfet owned the Kalamazoo Wings from 1974 to 2000 when it was a member of the International Hockey League. The team enjoyed much success during those years, missing the playoffs only twice. The club also captured back-to-back Turner Cup Championships in 1979 and 1980. The Kalalmazoo Wings captured their first Colonial Cup Championship last season, bringing a league title back to the city of Kalamazoo.

Parfet and his wife, Martha, could be found at home games sitting in Section 8 to cheer on their beloved K-Wings. Parfet also contributed Wings Stadium Complex to his native Kalamazoo. The multi-purpose facility is comprised of Wings Stadium, The Annex and The Cube. The complex hosts numerous events, shows, and programs that welcome over 500,000 guests annually.

“This is such an enormous loss to our league and the Kalamazoo community,” stated Richard Brosal, UHL President/CEO. “He had a positive impact on the UHL and was a man of the highest character. Ted had a heart of gold and will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to spend time with him. On behalf of the UHL, we extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Martha and the Parfet family.”

Funeral services for Parfet were held this past Thursday in Kalamazoo.

Photo by Deanna Bradford


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