Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 16:13
"Some sad news for the paddling community. Heinz Poenn passed away yesterday
morning in Little Current, Ontario. Three days ago he suffered a massive stroke
and had been unresponsive since then. All of his family was with him. He had
been in hospital since earlier in the week.
Arrangements have not yet been finalized, but he will be buried next to Edith in
Toronto (Royal York / Dixon Roads area). The tentative plan is that there will
be a funeral in Toronto on Saturday, likely with visitation on Friday."
Update on arrangements:
Heinz Poenn: Visitation on Friday evening at the Butler Chapel of the Turner and
Porter Funeral Home; 4933 Dundas St W. Etobicoke
Funeral service in the morning on Saturday, internment at Sanctuary Park
Cemetery 1570 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke (sometime between 9:30 and 11:00)
"Heinz will be greatly missed. He was a very talented paddler, an Olympian in
1972. He was an extremely nice man with a good sense of humour and great
patience and understanding for young paddlers. He was very generous with his
time and knowledge and was instrumental in developing paddlers in Ontario,
making the province a major power in Canadian slalom. My thoughts are with
Dieter, and the family."
Heinz was WO pioneer and an individual who played a huge role in the development of canoe slalom in Ontario.
I met Heinz several times over the years. He enjoyed himself immensely at the Pan Ams in 2015 and had the chance to reacquaint himself with Jean-Michel Prono from France who was the Chief Judge at last year’s event.
Just last year at the Pan Am Games on the Gull, Heinz came by with Dieter - he had some advice on how to make a better move on this tight course - he was glowing! Kayaking is his life and even more so: coaching slalom. I had the honour of interviewing Heinz (and Roger) about the Gull and the early days of Slalom (as Venue announcer) His mind was sharp as if it was yesterday. The passion so large there were tears in his eyes.
With Heinz goes the beginning of paddling in Canada. A class act.
Claudia Van Wijk
Published on Sunday, 16 October 2016 22:30
Dear WO members,
Happy fall! It seems as though the summer came and went in the blink of an
eye. We have had an incredibly exciting season with the Olympics, King of
Clubs, changes at the Minden preserve to name a few. We have put together
a fall newsletter highlighting some of these wonderful things and up and
coming events. Read on and enjoy!
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