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The Funeral For Terry Trafford

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

For all those who spoke Tuesday, all those who painted wondrous picture with words of who Terry Trafford was and why his life was so important, no one could really explain what happened. No one could explain how this young man, so funny, so full of mischief and pranks, so blazingly fast on the ice, so beloved, so full of friends, so loved by many — and always, said Payne, “with a smile ... he could make you laugh in a split second” would then take his own life.

The small room at the funeral home was not surprisingly jam packed. The hall outside the room, where almost as many people could look through the window and hear the words, was equally crowded. A few members of the Saginaw Spirit sat in the front row, wearing their bright blue uniforms. But not all the team was there. And the coach, Greg Gilbert, and the general manager, Jim Paliafito, were stunningly and inexcusably absent.

At the front of the chapel, the autographed jersey beside the casket was not from the Spirit, the team that sent him home and then told him not to come back. It was a Toronto Bulldogs jersey, a summer-league all-star team top, with autographs all over it. A memory of better times.


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Questions Continue Regarding Terry Trafford’s Death

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

... Terry Trafford was sent home from the Saginaw Spirit in his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League for what his father calls “disciplinary reasons.” Some have said he was caught on the road smoking marijuana. Others have said he “was partying.”

“They sent him home,” said Roy. “They told him to go home and see your parents and come back next week. Jim (Paliafito, the general manager) called me and said Terry was being sent home to get his head straight.

“I figured he was going back to remake his commitment to the team and finish the season.”

But a second phone call from Paliafito changed everything. He left a message on Terry’s phone. He left a message on Roy’s phone. But Roy had left his cellphone in the car Saturday night.

“Jim said things had changed (in Saginaw). Unbeknownst to us, they didn’t want him back. I didn’t get the message. Terry did — but he didn’t tell me about it. I don’t think he told anybody. He didn’t want us to know. It was just normal on Saturday night but I was surprised he wasn’t watching his teammates play. That wasn’t normal for him.


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Terry Trafford’s Father Confirms Son’s Death

from James Armstrong of Global News,

Michigan police have reportedly found a truck matching that of missing OHL player Terry Trafford behind a Walmart in Michigan.

The missing player’s father, Roy Trafford, told Global News Tuesday that his son’s body was found as well.


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