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Longtime Rockies volunteer passes away

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Roger Dubielewicz, who has died, was known to Invermere as Mr. 50/50 or 50/50 Roger and spent nearly 40 years volunteering for the Columbia Valley Rockies.

Mayor Al Miller said Dubielewicz had a way of convincing people to buy tickets.

“Nobody could turn him down. When he would talk to you in the stands about buying a 50/50 ticket of course you would,” said Miller.

Miller added that he was the kind of volunteer organizations dreamed of.

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“He was the type of volunteer that pretty much every organization would love to have on their side. He was a can-do guy,” said Miller.

“Once the decision was made to do something he was a part of it. I have a tonne of respect for the man and what he did for this team and hockey as a whole.”

When he wasn’t at the rink, he could be found volunteering at the thrift store or buying a lottery ticket.

Miller said his impact was felt across the community and especially with youth.

“He put a lot of time and effort into helping young people become better people.”

Miller added that 50/50 Roger had a big smile and an even bigger heart and he will be greatly missed in the community.

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