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Canadian orienteering suffers loss in the passing of Jack Forsyth

written by Colin Kirk

It is with great sadness the Canadian Orienteering Federation (COF) announces the passing of former COF President, Jack Forsyth. Jack suffered from a serious kidney condition for many years before passing away on March 24, 2011 in a Brandon Care Facility. It is only due to his immense courage and that he survived as long as he did.

Jack became involved in orienteering in 1972 after attending a COF Clinic in Ontario and was instrumental in forming the Manitoba Orienteering Association the same year. He served 23 years on the COF Board of Directors including 9 years as President – both records. Jack was involved in the organization of 6 Canadian Orienteering Championships in Manitoba between 1982 and 2010, serving as meet director at three of the six.

In the world of sport, Jack led a double life. In addition to his association and contribution to orienteering he was just as passionate and involved in amateur hockey. The following comments are taken from an announcement on the Hockey Manitoba website announcing his death:

    “Jack served as President of Hockey Manitoba for 3 years starting in 2001 and concluding in 2004 and during that time was instrumental in several advancements in the game. Jack was actively involved in the game for over 6 decades as a player, coach, official and administrator. Jack was passionate, enthusiastic and held strong beliefs on how the game should be managed and his contribution to the sport was indeed impressive. Jack served on the Hockey Canada Board of Directors from 2001-2007, the final 3 years as the National Chair of Minor Hockey. In 2008 he was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit which is presented to association members who have made outstanding contributions to amateur hockey in Canada. Jack is recognized as a Life Member of Hockey Manitoba and also served as Commissioner of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League for over 20 years.”

On behalf of the Canadian Orienteering Federation membership, I extend deepest sympathies to his wife, Phyllis, son Keith, daughter Kristin and their families.

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