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Former WVU basketball standout Quertinmont dies

Created on:   Wed, Dec 6, 2017   12:35 AM

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MORGANTOWN — Rummaging through some boxes at her father’s house, Lori Quertinmont Martin came across a button reading, “Beat the Hell out of Pitt.”

“I will be sure that button will be with him,” Martin said.

Buddy Quertinmont, a WVU men’s basketball standout in the 1960s who once scored 32 points in a game against Duke, died Dec. 3, at age 74.

He was a teammate of WVU great Rod Thorn and former WVU head coach Gale Catlett, but Quertinmont’s legacy goes much farther than on-court accomplishments.

“He was such an active member of the community,” Martin said. “Back in the day, he helped Albert Gallatin (Uniontown, Pa.) start up their elementary basketball program.

“He was a big believer in having players start out at a younger age. Until then, players had to wait until junior high to play organized basketball.”

Quertinmont’s passion was basketball. His family business was the Point Marion, Pa., Ford dealership, which was started by his father, Jules, in 1948.

He and fellow dealership owner Lyle Horton helped create the Mountaineer Wheels Club in the 1970s, which provided cars to WVU coaches.

Today, the organization has grown to 47 dealerships in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“Buddy and Lyle Horton started the wheels club and Buddy was around a bunch when I played,” WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins said in a story published by WVU. “Buddy has kind of looked after guys when they graduated and he’s just been great for the university.”

The leading scorer in the state of Pennsylvania as a high school senior, in 1961, at Albert Gallatin, Quertinmont had a dream to play for the Mountaineers.

Then-WVU head coach George King signed the 6-foot-2 shooting guard, and as a senior, during the 1964-’65 campaign, Quertinmont had his best season, averaging 14.5 points per game.

“I can’t begin to tell you how much passion he had for WVU,” said Martin, a former WVU women’s basketball player who was on the 1991-’92 team that advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

Buddy retired and closed the Point Marion dealership in 2012.

“He and my mom traveled quite a bit,” Martin said. “They recently returned from going out West. He loved hunting.

“It was always hunting season or basketball season with him.”

Martin added that her father made it through two open-heart surgeries, the second coming last December.

Along with his daughter, Quertinmont is survived by his wife of 50 years, Brenda, and his son, Buddy Jay, a former basketball player at Washington & Jefferson.

His three grandchildren include Jacob Martin, a senior at Trinity this season.

“He loved nothing more than watching his grandson play the shooting guard,” Lori Martin said.

He will be laid to rest Saturday — by coincidence, on the same day the 18th-ranked WVU men’s basketball team will travel to old rival Pitt.

“He always wanted to be a Mountaineer,” Martin said. “It’s fitting that he’ll be laid to rest on the same day WVU plays Pitt. He would have loved that.”