Today, on the fifth anniversary of his passing, the ELLA would like to remember Jeff Teat Sr. He was a pillar of Brampton lacrosse. Anyone who regularly attended game saw him constantly on the move, helping out wherever needed. His passing left a big hole to fill in the Brampton Excelsiors family.
For over 35 years Jeff worked tirelessly as a volunteer at every level of Brampton lacrosse. As son Dan moved up through Minor, Junior and onto Major so too did Jeff’s volunteer work. Teat helped out sometimes as equipment manager, with merchandise sales, ticket sales, as GM of the Majors and with any little task which needed to be done. Those involved with the team knew him for his generosity and eagerness to pitch in, any way he could. When his grandchildren got old enough to play Jeff could once again be found at minor games, often coaching. He passed on his wealth of knowledge and passion for the game to another generation.
During his time with the Excelsiors Jeff was honored with many awards. His name adorns both the Revis Bennett Award and the Mush Thompson Award. In 2002 he was named a life member of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club. On April 17, 2016 Jeff passed away leaving behind an incredible legacy, having had an immense impact on the lacrosse community. Though his name will forever live on, etched in the awards and rosters of the Brampton Excelsiors, those who knew him will remember Jeff Teat for the personal interactions they had and the stories he shared.