The McNabb familyin a photo taken by Fitchburg State University stands ouside McNabb Pharmacy in Townsend in their team jerseys designed for the benefit
The McNabb familyin a photo taken by Fitchburg State University stands ouside McNabb Pharmacy in Townsend in their team jerseys designed for the benefit game.

FITCHBURG -- Terry McNabb served Townsend through his family's pharmacy and shared his passion for hockey with others.

In his memory, the McNabb family donated $15,000 to the Alzheimer's Association to help find a cure for the disease he struggled with. His wife, Bette, and daughters Karen McNabb-Noon and Kathy (McNabb) Hatch presented the check on March 1 at Fitchburg State University's Landry Arena.

"We're really proud and grateful (for the donation)," Hatch said.

The family raised money through a benefit hockey game at Fitchburg State and from local sponsors.

McNabb, who died in 2016, ran the family pharmacy on Main Street for about five generations. He was also an assistant hockey coach at the university and an advocate for youth hockey programs.

Left to right, Karen McNabb-Noon (daughter), Bette McNabb (wife), Emily Austin-Bruns (Fitchburg State alumni relations director), Kathy (McNabb) Hatch,
Left to right, Karen McNabb-Noon (daughter), Bette McNabb (wife), Emily Austin-Bruns (Fitchburg State alumni relations director), Kathy (McNabb) Hatch, (daughter), Melissa Shirtcliff (Altzheimer's Association senior development officer), Dean Fuller (Fitchburg State hockey coach). NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/MINA CORPUZ

In February, the university hosted an open skate night and the "Terry & Bette McNabb Game" at the Wallace Civic Center.

The Fitchburg State Falcons played the Framingham State Rams. Players wore purple jerseys to raise awareness for Alzheimer's.

North Middlesex Regional High School and Lunenburg High School played afterward.

All of the money raised from ticket sales and open skate donations went to the Terry McNabb team, which will participate in the Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's in September. Non-perishable food items and toiletries were also accepted for the Townsend Ecumenical Outreach, an organization McNabb supported.

Hatch said her family started organizing for the fundraiser after Thanksgiving.


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McNabb's son, Dan, played for the Fitchburg State hockey team in the late 80s under Coach Dean Fuller. Fuller was there when the McNabb's made the donation to the Alzheimer's Association.

"Terry was a great coach, father, and leader in the community, but mostly he was a friend to every little kid who laced up their skates," Fuller said in a statement. "He will always be a part of Falcon Hockey in every practice or game we play."