Pastor, Acadia hockey legend Neil Price becomes Wolfville centenarian

Wendy Elliott
Published on March 21, 2016

WOLFVILLE - Rev. Neil Price received a letter from Queen Elizabeth recognizing his 100th birthday last week.

Doubtless the Queen did not recall meeting Sgt. Observer Price in 1942, but he certainly remembers Princess Elizabeth.

A member of the RCAF, Price had only just reached an airfield in England when he was told to prepare for a visit to Windsor Castle.

He and a group of British officers had tea with the Royal Family that day and he still recalls how attractive the two princesses were.

Following the war, Price graduated with a law degree from the University of New Brunswick. Then, he became a Baptist clergyman. He remains pastor emeritus at Wolfville Baptist Church.

That is where he cut his second birthday cake on March 20. The first was divided up at a March 18 party at Acadia’s new Wu Welcome Centre attended by his three daughters, grandchildren and local residents.

Price was a key part of Acadia University’s winning hockey teams from 1937 to 1940. He has been recognized as one of the Axemen’s best-ever net minders. In recent years he has enjoyed watching his grandsons play hockey.