From the 1960s to the present day, this dedicated builder has unselfishly given of his time and talents to ensure that sporting opportunities have existed for people of all ages and abilities through his long time involvement with both golf and curling.
First taking up golf while a student at Port Arthur's Lakeview High School, it was not long before he found himself on the executive of the Strathcona's Men's Club, taking on a number of tasks from the late 1960s through to the mid 1970s. Rejoining the Executive again in 2000, he has assisted with junior golf, club playdowns, and the Strathcona Invitational, serving as the event's Treasurer and Chairman, and as the club's delegate to the Thunder Bay District Golf Association.
Getting his introduction to the sport of curling in the early 1970s at the Curladrome in Fort William, he made his way over to the Port Arthur Curling & Athletic Club after just one year, with 2013 marking his fortieth year of membership. After just one year of joining the PACC, he found himself on the Board of Directors, serving continuously for twenty-one years from 1974 to 1995, the longest term of any Board member in the club’s history, and taking on a number of chairmanships as well as serving as President from 1978-80. Involved with the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association from 1980-2007, he spent time in such capacities as the PACC delegate, Zone Convenor, Executive Director, and President. A fifteen-year volunteer with the International Bonspiel Committee, he also dedicated twenty-three years to the Sun Life Grand Prix Curling Cash Spiel, and for the past decade has volunteered his time as the Commissioner of Major League.
A curling official since 1988, he has taken on a number of roles. From 1995 to the present day, he has served as an official at almost every club and district playdown held at the Port Arthur Curling Club. His officiating expertise has also been utilized at provincial championships at the Scotties, at NOCA and OFSAA events, at national events such as the 1996 Scott Tournament of Hearts, at the 2006 National Juniors and the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Curling championships, and at international events such as the 1998 World Junior championships and the 2003 Continental Cup.
For his contributions, he was named the co-recipient of the 1995 Grand Prix Honour Award, a Life Member of the Northwestern Ontario Curing Association and Port Arthur Curling Club, and a recipient of the Gerry Carlson Award.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 2013