Americans Mourn Loss of Off-Ice Official Fred Vallee

John Allen

Kennewick, WA – The Americans family was saddened by the loss of long time off-ice official Alfred “Fred” Vallee, who passed away last Thursday. He was 71 years old.

Born in Quebec, Fred moved to the Tri-Cities in 1975 with his wife, Ramona, after his work led him to the Hanford area as a pipefitter out of Local Union 598.  He was thrilled in 1988 when the Western Hockey League started a team in the Tri-Cities.  He helped establish the Tri-Cities Amateur Hockey Association and The Hockey Refereeing Association that same year.  His passion for hockey led him to become an Off-Ice Official for the WHL, serving as a goal judge for the Tri-City Americans for 25 years.  Fred enjoyed mentoring and refereeing until a bout with colon cancer in 2002.

He leaves behind his loving family: wife Ramona and children Anita (John Johnston), Georgia (Gilbert Sandoval) and Marc (Nicole Wammer).

In honor of Fred’s instrumental contributions to the Tri-City Americans franchise over the past two decades, the club has renamed the on-ice official’s Locker Room in Fred’s honor.

The family has requested that we provide the following information about the arrangements:


Rosary: 7:00pm, Friday, June 14
Memorial Mass: 10:00am, Saturday, June 15

St. Joseph’s Chapel
520 S. Garfield

Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 586-3820

Celebration of Life: 3:00pm, Sunday, June 16

Charter HD Lounge
Toyota Center
7016 W. Grandridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 737-3700


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made online or by mail to:

Tri-Cities Amateur Hockey Association (TCAHA)
P.O. Box 7139
Kennewick, WA  99336

Comments
John Sokol
I liked Fred and enjoyed seeing him at every game, he always had a smile on his face and some candy in his pocket for the kids. Fred you were a true fan of the game.

Section E fan.
Jun 16, 2013 - 09:50 AM
Mark Pettit
This is a very sad time. Section G fans will truly miss Fred Vallee. He always made sure one of the kids sitting in that section received a game puck between intermissions. Or shared that piece of candy with the kids. A very generous man. Our thoughts and prayers with the Vallee family.
Section G Americans fan and friend of Fred Vallee.
Jun 13, 2013 - 08:59 PM
Mark Jensen
A great guy--I'll miss seeing him between periods. He'd always come up and shake my hand.
Jun 13, 2013 - 06:40 PM
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