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Family sets up campaign in son's memory to help raise funds for scoreboard

Jacob Robinson

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

Members of the Simcoe Composite School faculty are looking to raise money to replace the current wooden football/soccer field scoreboard with a $50,000 electronic structure. The family of former Sabre Miles Caley, who was killed in a collision this summer, is collecting funds for the project in his memory. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

Members of the Simcoe Composite School faculty are looking to raise money to replace the current wooden football/soccer field scoreboard with a $50,000 electronic structure. The family of former Sabre Miles Caley, who was killed in a collision this summer, is collecting funds for the project in his memory. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

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Had there been a digital scoreboard at the Simcoe Composite School field during Miles Caley's tenure, he would've lit it up.

A well-known student-athlete who graduated in 2015, Caley's life was tragically cut short at the age of 21 due to a single vehicle collision near Waterford July 8.

Months prior, teachers from his alma mater announced plans to bring a $50,000 scoreboard to the school's football/soccer field.

Knowing how much their son loved wearing the blue and white, Caley's parents Mick and Suzanne have created a Go Fund Me account in his name with proceeds to go towards the SCS project.

“Miles was a talented athlete and soccer player whom everyone loved,” the site reads.

“We feel this is an appropriate tribute under Miles' name due to his participation in the school teams, especially soccer.”

Members of the faculty were shocked by the gesture.

“I don't know what to say,” SCS phys. ed teacher Greg Pajor offered when hearing of the site. “It leaves you beyond words that it meant that much to an individual that his parents and family would think of doing something that generous.”

Simcoe's boys soccer coach Joanne Defreyne called Caley – a native of England who moved to the Waterford area with his family in 2007 - one of, if not the best soccer player the school has ever seen. Caley was no slouch on the basketball court either.

As coach of the SCS senior boys program, Pajor can vividly recall the curly-haired sharpshooter posting 11 points in the opening quarter of the 2015 NSSAA senior boys final, a surge that propelled the team to victory.

“He was what you would call a natural athlete – he could do anything,” Pajor said. “It didn't matter what the sport was, he could excel with a little bit of practice. He'd be one of the best players on the court, on the field in whatever sport he played.”

Caley was never one to flaunt his talent in the halls. His easy-going nature made him popular with students of all ages.

“The number of people that showed up to his memorial was just amazing,” said SCS phys. ed teacher Chris Harvey, noting the new scoreboard will include a tribute to Caley.

“There's still a couple years of kids going through (the school) that knew Miles well ... When we get that scoreboard up and his name is up there, there's going to be a lot of emotions, even from within the school let alone the crews that have moved on over the past few years.”

Pajor added that for many Norfolk residents, the scoreboard will serve as an “everlasting memory” of what Caley meant to SCS.

“You'll look at it with a smile and think good thoughts about Miles,” he said.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at gofundme.com/46wdbig.

The Sabres are currently organizing a homecoming/fundraising weekend with a football game, dinner and dance to be held Sept. 30.

jrobinson@postmedia.com