Legendary Cincinnati Reds catcher and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench served as the keynote speaker for the Family Jubilee Center’s “Remembering Tom Webb” event Tuesday evening at Phase 2 Dining & Entertainment Center.

The 71-year-old Bench, who was a friend of Webb’s, spoke for 25 minutes and talked about growing up in Oklahoma, his journey to the major leagues and the lessons he gleaned from his 17-year MLB career.

“You inspire people by the way you work and the way you live. That’s what Tom did,” Bench said.

Webb, who died last October at age 77, was a lifelong educator, working for nearly four decades as a teacher and principal with Campbell County Public Schools and serving two terms on Lynchburg City School Board. He also was an avid sports fan and amassed more than 40,000 pieces of sports memorabilia.

Webb volunteered at the Jubilee Center, which has established an endowment, The Tom Webb Children’s Fund at Jubilee, in his name. The fund supports programs, services and scholarships for children who attend the Lynchburg-based center.

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Ben Cates covers high school sports for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5527. 

Ben Cates covers high school sports for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5527.

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