By Jordan Ercit
Kitchener Post staff
Mo Targosz’s name will live on at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.
The late St. Jerome’s High School football coach, who prepared many a player for the Canadian and American college ranks, was immortalized on Wednesday as Resurrection officially unveiled its new
$70,000 football scoreboard.
A memorial plaque recognizing Targosz, who at 72 lost his battle with cancer in 2010, and contributors to a legacy fund in his name, will also be displayed at the school’s field house.
It was well worth the year-long effort, said Gord Buttinger, a former player for Targosz who helped kickstart the campaign.Targosz was an influential character at St. Jerome’s, where Buttinger attended high school after graduating from Grade 10 at St. David Catholic Secondary School.
A physical education teacher at St. Jerome’s, Targosz was one of the first to extend a supportive hand to Buttinger and encouraged the future Western Mustang to tryout for the football team.
He was also the first to coin Buttinger’s nickname — Stone Hands — when the speedy receiver burned past teammates in practice but couldn’t “catch a cold, let alone a football.”
Needless to say, Buttinger ended up a defensive back, albeit a good one.
“Mo was an inspiring figure and he made sure to keep me involved,” Buttinger said. “He was influential to many young men who went through St. Jerome’s.”
Targosz legacy will also continue to live on beyond the Resurrection football field house and scoreboard, too.
A bursary established in conjunction with the fundraising efforts, originally targeted at $100,000, will give athletes in financial need at Waterloo Region Catholic high schools some help.
For more information on the Mo Targosz Legacy Fund, call the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation at 519-578-3660 or visit www.wrcsf.ca.