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|Pat Cadwallader, Sr.
Fresno, Calif. – December 15, 2013
As head of the United States Wrestling Officials Association, I would like to reflect on one of our best officials that passed away this past weekend. Pat Cadwallader will be missed both as an official but mostly as a friend. He always had a smile on his face no matter if he was having a bad health day or a good one. As a teacher to the younger inexperienced officials, I encourage you to follow the example that he has set in officiating. He served on the United States Wrestling Officials Executive Board and was a major contributor to our success in our country. I could always count on Pat to be there when I needed help in California or wherever in the country that I needed him. I will miss his sincerity, courage, intergrity and friendship. We will never forget you Pat, may you rest in peace. The whole officials community send our condolences to his family.
President United States Wrestling Officials Association.
USA Wrestling Community Membership, It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of Pat Cadwallader Sr. We have lost a great official, mentor, coach, and teacher, but most of all a great FRIEND.
Pat was the California USA Wrestling Head mat official leading a group of over 200 officials in the Olympic wrestling styles of Freestyle, & Greco Roman and Folkstyle wrestling. Pat was a Category 1 official working numerous state, national and international events in his span of more 3 decades of officiating. His passion for the sport was demonstrated through his countless volunteer hours and resources, blowing a whistle and training others in the art of officiating.
Pat was always there when I needed him. He always brought his expertise and smiling face to help lend a hand wherever needed. There are no words to describe the emptiness at the loss of a friend to me and to the family of wrestling.
Pat leaves behind family who shared Pats’ dedication to world of wrestling. As a wrestling community we would like to thank his family for sharing Pat with us.
If a man is defined by how he changed countless peoples lives for the better then Pat Cadwallader was that man. He will be deeply missed but his legacy will live on through all of us.
California USA Wrestling
Any information regarding funeral arrangements and/or memorial services will be provided as it becomes available.
|Michael Patrick Kelly,
son of USWOA members Mike and Debbie Kelly passed away Friday November
17th. Michael was previously a coach in CA and a National Forest
firefighter in Camptonville, Calif.
Condolences may be sent to the Kelly’s at:
2071 N.E. 10th Ave.
Meridian, ID 83646
Jerry W. Wager
March 14, 1937 - November 15, 2013
Jerry is remembered as an esteemed coach and official of Olympic Freestyle and Greco/Roman wrestling. His career spanned more than 35 years including over 30 years as an official for high school, college and international wrestling. Jerry's passion for sports in general and wrestling above all influenced his entire life, and he in turn influenced and inspired countless others with his persistent pursuit of excellence as a coach and official.
Jerry has garnered many honors throughout his long wrestling career. He was honored as one of FILA's most respected officials with the FILA Gold Star in 1977 and inducted into University of Toledo Sports Hall of Fame 2003, the Nevada Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008. Along with these honors, Jerry cherished his USA Wrestling Gold Coach award, and the recognition he achieved for his teams as Coach of the Las Vegas YMCA wrestling program through the 1970's.
From Lance Wager; "Please thank everyone for their support during this tough time. There will be visitation at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Dearborn, Michigan 22546 Michigan Ave. from 3 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday Nov. 20 and from 5 pm on Thursday Nov. 21 concluding with a memorial service at 6 pm Thursday. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at 405 West Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater OK, 74075. You can read a little about my father's life here:"
Jerry Wager's obituary and funeral announcement: