Bev McCool (front row, right) won a mixed 5-pin world championship on a team coached by Jim Lee (back row, left) in 1975.
Beverley J. (née Wagner) McCool
Born: November 22, 1940 (International Falls, Minnesota)
Died: January 22, 2014 (Fort Frances, Ontario)
Bev McCool won a world championship in mixed 5-pin bowling in 1975. Her team, coached by Jim Lee, was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
McCool was living in a house above a bake shop next door to a bowling alley in Fort Frances, Ont. The bowling proprietor convinced her to take up the game. She and her husband eventually purchased Plaza Lanes in 1979, operating the alley for 14 years.
McCool became a bowling coach, while also serving as an executive with several bowling associations.
She was a high school student in Minnesota when she ran into the back of a car driven by Derald McCool. They exchanged telephone numbers and, eventually, wedding vows. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, as well as by a son, a daughter, four grandsons, two sisters and three brothers. She was predeceased by a sister and two brothers.