His profession was jeweler but…He Played, He Coached…and, boy, did he support and sponsor sports and sport teams
Ted Dilts Senior was born in Lambeth in 1923 and lived in Port Stanly after retirement. He died in 1998. He was married to June for 50 years and had two sons – Mike and Ted Junior (who are in attendance today).
As a pitcher for St. Martin in the Holy Name League of the late 1940’s (with brothers George and Gord) apparently he could not break a pane of glass but was very accurate.
Ted ran the Senior Intercounty London Diamonds and coached little league football in the late 1950’s.
He was one of the big three sponsors of this era along with Chester Pegg Jewellers and Jim Agathos of Huron House.
Ted’s motto was “put a glove or a hockey stick in a kid’s hand and you can never go wrong.” He loved his teams, got involved, and believed in the kids.
Ted Dilts donated many trophies and supported countless events including:
• Women’s hockey in the 1970’s
• Women’s Slow Pitch, the Ted Dilts Gems – 1985, 1986, and 1987 – won the Labatt National Senior Women’s Slow Pitch Championship. Ted travelled to Whitehorse, Yukon with the team in 1985
• Senior Men’s Basketball Tournament– Ted Dilts Tournament
• Hockey – Junior C Gems
• Roller Hockey
• Ball Hockey
• Junior Intercounty Baseball
• Irish Rovers Walk – St Paddy’s Day
• Little League Football
• Men’s Soccer
• Senior A Hockey – Woodstock in 1982
In the jewellery store Ted had one wall dedicated to pictures of all of his teams. He also had a team bus in the 1970’s.
Ted was also a strong supporter of the London Knights
Many a former Knight still sports one of Ted’s specially-designed hat trick rings – a gold signet ring with three diamonds for players who scored three goals in a game.
He was very involved with teams and, despite his quiet nature, could be very vocal when a ref’s call went against one of his teams.
Other accomplishments include Chairman of the London Public Utilities Commission, Retailer of the Year in 1979, and Sportsman of the Year in 1988.
He played Old Timers Hockey in Port Stanley and Huff and Puff Hockey where he earned Hall of Fame honors.
The London Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to name Ted Dilts as a 2013 Builder/Sponsor Legend inductee.