Both born and raised in Amherstview, a suburb of about 10,000 people on the western fringe of Kingston.
And while 13 years separates Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and Kitchener Rangers coach Jay McKee, they still became good friends over the years.
So it was emotional at the Aud when McKee arrived at work Wednesday morning soon after learning that Downie had died of brain cancer. He was 53.
"It's a tough one," said the coach.
News of Downie's death left a nation grieving as fans from across the country fondly remembered the man and his music.
He certainly left his stamp on Waterloo Region.