It is with great sadness the EYSA announces the passing of Al Shenduk on June 15th, 2017 at the age of 74.
Shenduk had many friends in the softball community and will always be remembered as a kind and genuine man. He had a strong passion for softball and was always interested in volunteering his time and discussing the game at all times.
He joined the Edmonton Men’s Fastball League as a player in 1967 after playing four years at the University of Idaho on a baseball scholarship. As his playing career came to an end, he registered as a Softball Canada umpire in 1977 and went on to officiate in three Men’s (1982, 1985 and 1987), one Women’s (1990) and one Junior Women’s (1992) Canadian Championships.
In addition to his success on the field, Al was very involved on the administrative side of softball, hosting and attracting many clinics in the province of Alberta and serving as Softball Alberta’s Umpire-in-Chief from 1990 to 2005. He was the Umpire-in-Chief at numerous Canadian and Western Canadian Championships, and contributed to Softball Canada on a number of projects.
Shenduk was inducted to the Softball Alberta Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 2010.