It was on the baseball fields where Syke Joudrie made his mark. For many years, he played with, coached or managed nearly all levels of Middleton Cardinal teams including the 1951 Maritime Intermediate Championship team of which he was manager. That team was originally defeated in the N.S. playoffs, but when it was discovered by Syke that Clark’s Harbour had used an illegal player, Middleton was ordered to play Londonderry and went on to become Maritime Champions. In addition, Syke umpired for over 30 years including a long stint in the semi-pro Halifax and District League.
In the winter months, Syke would be found at the hockey rink. He managed several Middleton Maple Leafs hockey teams and was with them when they went to the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey semi-finals in 1936. He also worked many games as referee or linesman, not only in Middleton, but in rinks throughout the Valley.
Syke was secretary-treasurer of the N.S. Guides Association, an avid salmon fisherman
and instrumental in the formation of the Clean Annapolis River Project. In his youth, he was a tennis player of some note in the province and an enthusiastic member of the Middleton Concert Band for over 20 years.
Syke Joudrie was an accountant by profession and passed away on November 4, 1984.