Cecil Small’s name to live on at Robb’s Complex

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AMHERST - Cecil Small is a name stamped on the consciousness of Amherst, and will continue to be for a long time to come.

"We are here today to rename Robb's No. 3 ball diamond to the Lions Cecil Small Ball Field," said George Baker, deputy mayor for the town of Amherst.

The dedication ceremony took place Thursday at noon in front of a new sign hanging on the backstop of the No. 3 ball diamond. The sign bears a photo of Small with the words, "Cecil Small Ball Field."

The dedication of Small's name to the field came after the bantam baseball field bearing his name was demolished to make way for the new West Highlands Elementary School.

"Cecil was instrumental bringing bantam baseball to the old bantam field," said Baker. "Cecil spent many long hours ensuring that the Lions Cecil ball field was always well maintained."

The dedication was a proud moment for mayor of Amherst Robert Small, who is Cecil's son.

"If he wasn't my father I would say it's certainly deserving," said Robert. "He's put a lot of hours into volunteering over time. Everyone who's asked for anything he's worked away at it."

Cecil is 92-years-old and is the longest serving member of the Amherst Lions Club.

"The Lions Club has been a leaders in the community, and dad and Sonny Foster have been two anchors in getting things done," said the mayor. "And let us not forget that the Lions Club stepped forward and let us use their park for the new school. Without them the school would have been put outside town boundaries."

The second longest serving member of the Lions Club, Sonny Foster, congratulated Cecil for the honour.

He says Small has always been a friend and a mentor.

"He taught me a lot of things. He taught me that you don't ask permission, you ask for forgiveness after you did what you have to do," said Foster with a laugh. "Also, he did all the woodwork on the Lions Club building, and he did carpentry, plumbing and the electrical work for us at the club as well.

"Everybody knows all he's done for us, and I'm proud to call him a friend and a fellow Lion."

Cecil said he was overwhelmed by the honour.

"My goodness, I tell you, I can't believe it," he said.

His wife Louise was proud of him as well.

"We have a large family, so when we're gone they can look at the sign above the ball field," she said.

Organizations: Amherst Lions Club, Lions Cecil Small Ball Field, West Highlands Elementary School

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Edwin & Phyllis!
    February 21, 2014 - 18:32

    wow! Congrats! Uncle Cecil, What an honour to have the ballfield renamed in your name . Your family must be very proud ! You did sooo much for your city,you deserve it! Love to you,aunt Louise & your family! love Phyl & Ed hugs!

  • W.H. ( Bill ) Petty
    December 25, 2013 - 01:32

    Hey Cecil, congratulations. I often think of you and the help you provided on so many occasions. I'm so glad you're doing well, accept my best wishes for all your family, and say Hi to anyone you think may remember me. Happy New Year.