By Seth DuChene
with photography by Bernard Clark
If you’ve been involved in Kingston’s sports community — as a player, a coach, a parent or a fan — chances are you’ve rubbed shoulders with Lee McNaughton. If you haven’t, there’s still a high probability you’ve still benefited from the hours he’s put in at the hockey rink, the football field or the soccer pitch. For more than five decades, Lee has been an omnipresent figure in Kingston sports. Now, in retirement, he isn’t slowing down very much.
And Lee isn’t even originally from Kingston. His journey started in the Ottawa Valley. “I was born in Arnprior, and my parents, Norman and Katherine, were born there. I was seven years old and going into Grade 3 when we moved to Montreal,” he says.
His father’s job in the Department of National Defence prompted the relocation. “Dad worked for the federal government, and he was in textiles,” Lee says, explaining that his father was involved in the textile business before serving in the Second World War and returned to that business when he came back from overseas. “The centre of the textiles universe was, in the 1950s and 1960s, in Montreal. He procured all of the uniforms for the Armed Forces in Canada.”
Arnprior continued to be the scene of many family memories. “My grandfather had a huge house, and we built a cottage in Arnprior,” Lee says. “Weekends, summer holidays were always spent in Arnprior. . . .