Harold B. Myrick, 69: Longtime youth sports coach
TOPSHAM — Harold B. "Hal" Myrick, 69, died Nov. 5 at Mid Coast Hospital as a result of a very aggressive cancer.
Born in Lewiston on Feb. 6, 1941, the son of Arthur and Virginia (Burgess) Myrick, he attended Auburn schools and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1959.
On May 17, 1986, he married Patricia Sweeney Myrick.
For more than 25 years he worked in the procurement department at Bath Iron Works until he retired in 2006.
A lifelong enjoyment of youth sports, he played football, basketball and baseball as a child and young adult, and had a lengthy coaching career.
Over the years he coached the Brunswick Women’s Slow-Pitch Softball League; was the president, founder and longtime coach of the Brunswick Youth Soccer League; and coached the Westbrook College softball team.
His main passion was coaching girls and boys ice hockey, and he served as an inspiration for many players and coaches.
In 1975 he started coaching hockey to young players in Brunswick Youth Hockey. In 1984 he organized and coached the first Brunswick Junior High School Hockey team. He later started coaching the Brunswick High School boys JV team, and served as the varsity coach from 1988 until 2000. In 2007, he returned to coaching as an assistant coach for the Brunswick Junior High School, and in 2008 he became the head coach, a position he held until his death. In addition, he organized many benefit hockey tournaments, most recently, the Battle of the Bridge/Alumni game.
He will be remembered by many for his great sense of humor, integrity, loyalty, and positive attitude.
His brother, Steve, predeceased him.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Patricia; a son, Chris Myrick and his wife Cameron of Topsham, and a daughter, Rebecca "Becca" Dumont and her husband Randy of Brunswick; five grandchildren, Rudy Dumont, Robyn Dumont and Renee Dumont of Brunswick, and Shelby Myrick and Avery Myrick of Topsham; two sisters, Carol Randall of Bowdoinham and Sharon Rafnell of Topsham, and three brothers, Harry of Auburn, Bruce of Sabattus and Dennis of Sabattus; four stepchildren, Steven Leclerc of Brunswick, Allen Leclerc of Nevada, Debbie Boyd of Virginia, and Brian Leclerc of Massachusetts; six stepgrandchildren, Sarah Leclerc, Jenny Leclerc , Scott Leclerc, Jordan Boyd, Quinn Coulombe and Alex Coulombe.
A scholarship fund has been established in his name for Brunswick High School hockey players. Memorial donations may be made to the Hal Myrick Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 188, Brunswick, ME 04011.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.
A celebration of his life will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 2 Columbus Dr., Brunswick.
Condolences can be expressed at brackettfuneralhome.com.