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Sunday, January 12, 2014

In Memoriam: Gaston Panaye

It is with deep personal regret that I inform you of Gaston Panaye’s death. CEB not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss that his wife Denise suffers. We offer her our deep and sincere condolences.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Januari 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of the W.Z.C. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Antwerpen, Pieter van Hobokenstraat 3, 2000 Antwerpen. After cremation, the interment of the urn will take place at Schoonselhof Cemetery.
René Laforce
Treasurer CEB


GASTON PANAYE – Honorary General Secretary of European Baseball Confederation
It was sad to be informed about the death of our dear friend Mr. Gaston Panaye who died Thursday 9th January in Antwerp at the age of 87.
For more than 50 years Gaston served the European and Worldwide baseball family in many different positions. Many of you will remember his kind personality. He was always trying to develop, solve matters and avoide problems in his typical friendly way. In present time it is hard to understand how Gaston did the tremendous job as Secretary General without the use of the new communication tools like mobile phones, internet and email.
Gaston was a crucial person in all kind of positions in the baseball world for an unbelievable long time. Together with his brother Roger he was involved in the foundation of the European Baseball Confederation and later on active for many years as,
President of the Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation, Vice President and Member of the Technical Commission of IBAF and C.E.B., Secretary General and Treasurer of C.E.B., IBAF Continental Vice President Europe, Honorary Secretary General of C.E.B.
In 2005 Gaston stepped down but still followed the development of baseball and C.E.B. very careful from a distance. It was a yearly privilege to meet him together with his wife Denise at various C.E.B. congresses.
Gaston will be deeply mourned and sadly missed by the baseball community. I expressed the condolences from all of his friends within C.E.B. to his wife and family.
For his wife Denise it will be a very difficult time ahead to continue without Gaston next to her. I hope she will find the strength to do so.
May Gaston rest in peace.
Jan Esselman
President C.E.B.

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