Chester V. “Bud” Townsend

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Bud Townsend has made significant contributions to sports in Delaware for more than half a century as an athlete and highly respected official. A graduate of Lord Baltimore High School, he was a
two-time first team All-State selection in basketball. At graduation he was ranked as Delaware’s number three all time scorer. In football, he was selected to play in the 1958 Blue-Gold All-Star
Football game. A five-year starter in baseball at Lord Baltimore, he had a career batting average over .400. At Wesley Junior College, Bud was named to the Junior College All-American baseball team
in 1960. In football, he was a two-way starter and in basketball he was selected All Conference.

In 1961, Bud began his three-sport officiating career. He has the distinction of officiating in the first state boys basketball championship game in 1967 and in 1971, the first state football
championship  game. Bud officiated in two Blue-Gold All-Star Football games before retiring from football officiating in 1974. He was an active basketball official for 27 years and served as the
assignor for another 15 years. In 2002, Bud received the Henlopen Conference Gold Pass, the only official to be so honored in any sport. In 2008, he was inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of
Fame. In baseball, he umpired at the high school, college, and semi-pro levels. Bud is currently president of Sussex Pines Country Club where he has won four senior golf championships.



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