Stan Speaks: I post this pic as it brings back memories of Jack, AND ALL THE ASSISTANCE he gave Lois and I when we first moved to Tucson Estates, AZ.
Pat and Ernie Lane Speak: It was a bitter / sweet meeting in Lindsay, 2018 06 27. Great to see friends and talk about the “good old days”. I use to laugh when my dad said that.
So many great memories of Jack Rathwell and so much respect for him. It was wonderful to talk to friends who could remember all that he did for shuffleboard.
Jack was an “enabler” in a good way. If you stuck your nose inside the gate or door of a shuffleboard court and Jack saw you, you would have a cue in hand in no time. He was a mentor and was always there to encourage you when you asked his opinion. “Gentleman Jack” was a perfect moniker for him.
I Now Give You Pat Lane Speaking in 2009:
CAPTAIN “gentleman jack” IS HONOURED!!
Pat Lane resides in Tucson, AZ during the winter and on the shores of Lake Huron, ON during the summer. Pat is the WebMistress of the AZ Shuffleboard Site; heavily involved in Shuffleboard itself as well as being a connoisseur of handmade quilts and the making thereof!!
To-day however; we are going to talk about a man that Pat calls “Gentleman Jack”!! In 2005 we highlighted Jack Rathwell’s contribution to Shuffleboard, both in Arizona and at his home Club in Blackstock, ON. At that time (2005) Gentleman Jack was the Captain of an AZ shuffling team named the COUGARS.
In the 2005 article we told you that Jack was awarded the very first “District II : Special Award” for all his work in promoting shuffleboard in District 2 of the AZ Association, as well as for his involvement in the AZ State Shuffleboard Assn. The pic in the margin is of Jack receiving the prestigious award from then President Leo Dodd.
Tucson Estates Shuffleboard Club, Jack’s home club, honoured Jack AGAIN IN 2009, at their March Pot Luck. In addition, their “In Park Team Tournament” is now named the “Jack Rathwell Team Tournament”. This tournament has a trophy given to the player winning the most games during the tournament, a trophy donated by Jack in memory of Bob Dixon.
Jack still enters tournaments and sometimes places in the trophy events. Pat writes: We have designated GENTLEMAN JACK RATHWELL as our consultant on many In Park tournaments and on the Cougar team. Pat Lane. 2009 08 01.
The Shuffler would like to thank the AZ Webmistress, Pat Lane for sharing this information with us. The Shuffler would also like to thank Jack for his ongoing contribution to Shuffleboard; keep it up Jack, You continue to set the example for others to follow.
Stan of The Shuffler. 2009 08 01. AND 2018 06 29 in HONOUR OF JACK RATHWELL who was laid to rest on 2018 06 27.