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In Memoriam: Jack Lee

JackLeeJack Lee, one of the key figures in the development of Canadian orienteering passed away October 7, 2015 in Hamilton.

Mike Waddington wrote this about Jack on the Attackpoint website:

“Jack was introduced to orienteering by Sass Peepre and quickly formed the Hamilton Orienteering Association in 1966. He then introduced and grew the sport in Hamilton, the surrounding Golden Horseshoe region, to Ontario and Canada. He also was instrumental in assisting the development of some American clubs as well.

Jack taught orienteering in his Phys Ed classes in Hamilton and in the mid 70’s started the Hamilton Schools Race. That race has grown bigger and stronger every year and the 40th annual race earlier this year had over 1100 kids. Jack was a volunteer this year and most of those 40 years the race has been hosted. Together with Jim Gilchrist he wrote a book on how to teach orienteering in schools and started a kids program in Hamilton in the 80’s. These would form the backbone of Adventure Running Kids today. Earlier this year I enjoyed many a great chat with Jack as he watched one of his great grandchildren getting muddy and orienteering at ARK. This is your legacy I told him. Indeed the foundation and awareness of the sport he built here in Hamilton is why the sport has always been strong in the city and Golden Horseshoe. His gentleness, supportiveness and passion inspired so very many – whether it was volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials”

View the Attackpoint website for more comments about Jack. And we encourage you to leave your comments on this page as well.

Here is the announcement of Jack’s passing.

Our very deepest sympathies go to Jack’s family.

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