Pictured from left to right, back row, are Donnie Parsons, Marcy McMahon, Eric Chamberlain, Catyn Chamberlain, Betty Chamberlain, Jacie McMahon, Chris Chamberlain and Lynn Chamberlain, and in front are Anthony Masonbrink and Jacob McMahon.
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, during the Rock Port vs. Mound City Volleyball game, an interactive touchscreen video board for all Blue Jay sports was dedicated. The following is what Mrs. Shauna Farmer read during the dedication:
The family of Greg Chamberlain is here tonight to present the memorial donations, and dedicate the new touchscreen interactive athletic record board located in the lobby of this facility.
Greg was a lifetime resident of Rock Port, a graduate of Rock Port High School, a bus driver for Rock Port schools, and a school board member for Rock Port R- II.
Greg’s grandfather, Dr. O.M.C. Chamberlain, graduated from Rock Port High School in 1900, and Greg’s father George graduated in 1924. His wife Betty and their five children, Greg II, Eric, Scott, Chris and Marcy, are all graduates of Rock Port. Thirteen of his grandchildren, Meghan Chamberlain, Aubrey Scamman, Hillary Shippy, Brett Chamberlain, Donald Parsons, Jared, Jalainey, Journey, Jayden, Jacie and Jacob McMahon, and Chase and Catyn Chamberlain, all are, or will be, Rock Port graduates.
Greg always had an interest in the community, centered around the school system and most of all the youth of the community. He served as a district juvenile officer for northwest Missouri, and defended good kids that came under his jurisdiction.
Greg was a sports fan, especially on the local level. He enjoyed watching the Blue Jays in football, basketball, volleyball and track … especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete for the Jays. But he also enjoyed events where he didn’t personally know the athletes, or some of their parents … but identified them by remembering their grandparents.
Greg passed away last fall shortly after attending a Blue Jay football victory …. and he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. (the Blue Jay victory part)
Greg always spoke highly of the officials …. and by that we mean his volume was always HIGH. He was pleased that so many visually impaired individuals could find work as athletic officials. We apologize for that.
The community contributed generously to Greg’s memorial fund last fall, and after discussing several ideas, the interactive touchscreen video board for all sports was decided on. It will not only serve as an historical reference for excellence in athletic competition, but will also provide a learning tool for media classes.
The Chamberlain family would especially like to thank the community for their generous contributions toward this memorial; Midwest Data for their efforts in ordering and installation, and Superintendent Craig Walker for his assistance and efforts.
Also tonight is free popcorn night …… Greg’s buying …… because Eric has never canceled his dad’s American Express card. Enjoy the popcorn, and take a look at the new record board.