LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A community is mourning after their little league president died days after his moped collided with a pickup truck.
Mike Re' lived for the Portland Little League, getting involved back when his now teenage daughter started playing T-ball. Quickly it became his full-time unpaid job, but that certainly did not go unnoticed.
"He's done a lot for us and he's done a lot for the community, especially our children," Rachel Abell who served on the Portland Little League Board under Re'.
When she heard about the accident, she could not believe it was true. "It floored me, literally, I hit the concrete," said Abell.
Police said on Saturday Re' was riding his moped on 15th Street near Prenice, when for some reason he veered into the opposite lane and was hit by a pickup truck.
Re' was rushed to the hospital, but days later he passed away. Abell said Re' loved giving kids the opportunity to play ball.
"He had the goal in mind of the league prospering back in the days when recession wasn't an issue, money wasn't an issue," said Abell. "The kids just needed a place to come and play and that's how he thought every single day from February 1 to October 31 every year."
He poured his heart and soul into any job or position. "Mike ran and drug the dirt on this field and every other one," said Abell. "He cut the grass, he painted, he repaired the roof, anything that went wrong in this park, he fixed himself."
Abell said even more than Little League, his family had his heart. "Mike was a family man," said Abell. "He was all about his children, he loved every single one of him with all of his heart and soul and it radiated."
A man who will not be easily forgotten, especially when you step on these fields. "His impact on this league is evident and will be for some time," said Abell.
Re' leaves behind his wife and three children. At this time his funeral arrangements are pending.
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