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Sudden Passing of Long-Time Employee – Chris Abbott (Buddy the Puffin)

The staff of Mary Brown’s Centre are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Chris Abbott.
Chris was a long-time employee, having started at Memorial Stadium in the concessions area before moving to a security/ usher position and finally becoming a member of our maintenance team.
He excelled in his position and his passion and dedication to his job was evidenced by his impressive, robust singing as his worked.
Of course, Chris was beloved by many who may never have known the man behind the iconic character, “Buddy the Puffin.” Buddy has become a symbol of all things local for St. John’s, performing as the mascot for no less than four tenant teams. As Buddy, Chris entertained, hugged and high-fived tens of thousands of children, all of whom he met with enthusiasm and pure joy – not to mention the many adults whose day was brightened by this larger-than-life personality.
We send our deepest condolences to Chris’s wife, family, friends, colleagues and fans.