Petes Honour Former Usher Fonz In Beautiful Gesture On Final Game Of Season

Ushers are the unsung heroes at sports arenas, smiling and always lending a helping hand to people trying to find their seats, concession stands, the nearest bathroom.

Which makes the Peterborough Petes touching gesture to usher/doorman Alphonse "Fonzie" Levasseur all the more special. Levasseur, who was part of the Memorial Centre family for over 60 years—the longest worker at the rink—passed away this week and the Petes paid tribute to him on their final game of the season Saturday night (March 17th) by placing his familiar chair (and flowers) outside the referees' dressing room where he was stationed for years.

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Fonz's chair was near the Petes Office as well, so the Petes staff was very familiar with him. "Fonzie was one of several staples at the Memorial Centre—especially for the Petes, City and OHL staff members that would pass by him countless times on those hectic game nights," Matt D'Agostini, Senior Coordinator, Group Ticket Sales and Service with the Peterborough Petes, tells PTBOCanada.

"He had his seat parked just outside the ref's room that he eyed for as long as I had been working there, and would be extremely personable and welcoming with every person he came into contact with. After beginning to know him on a more personal basis, I made it part of my game day routine to ensure that he was one of the first guy's greeted before the night's events began to pick up."

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The Petes tweeted out about the Fonz during last night's game...

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