THIS IS WHAT SHUFFLING IS ALL ABOUT!!
The message below is from Colette Weston, the wife of President John Weston. How thoughtful, how kind, and particularly how true her statement: “And in the final analysis, we owe it all to shuffleboard!” Shuffleboard is the catalyst that brings us together and creates the memories we cherish.
With regard to her last sentence: “You can’t keep a good man down!” A sentiment shared by all who have worked with John during his Presidency. We are so glad that he has bounced back, that he continues to enjoy his “stamp buddies”!! The Spring Fling & Annual General Meeting will be yet another opportunity for comradeship and the sharing of good times. Colette, we look forward to seeing You and John there. Stan of THE SHUFFLER. 2006 04 15.
Just happened to browse your web-page today and ‘uncovered’ this photo by pure chance that we had never seen before. We will happily add it to our collection. It reminded us of happier days and the great friends we made along the way. How I wish I could say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for the great camaraderie and friendship exhibited to us in so many occasions. And in the final analysis, we owe it all to… shuffleboard!
John has left for his weekly meeting with his stamp buddies. You can’t keep a good man down! Colette… (with one L.)
Rx from Colette 2006-04-15. I thanked her.
JOHN WESTON WILL BE MISSED: IN MEMORIAM
It is with deep sadness that the family of John Weston
announces his passing on Dec. 11 2006, at the age of 81.
John was born in Sussex, England and immigrated to Canada
with his parents and three sisters when he was four years
A passionate stamp-collector since his youth, he joined the
ranks of the Ottawa Stamp Club, was one of the prime
‘movers’ in the Oxfam yearly charity events and loved the
friendly stimulation of these weekly get-togethers. But it
was the gentle, giving side of John’s nature, a certain
nobility of character, that attracted to him legions of
friends and even earned him the nickname of “Sir John” from
one of his stamp collector buddies.
His later years were spent exchanging residences between
Ottawa and Florida, leaving the cold behind for sunnier
climes, but not without bringing along some of his stamp
albums and catalogues, and becoming an active member of the
Lakeland and St Petersburg stamp clubs.
It was in Florida that he became very interested in the
sport of shuffleboard. Soon, he was recognized among
Americans and Canadians alike for his sound judgment and
easy, non-confrontational ways. He was elected a director of
the sport, first at the (Florida) Central District
level, then as Florida State Tournament Director. His Sunday
nights were spent getting all the charts and player cards
ready for both District and State tournaments, happy to
forgo the actual playing of shuffleboard to the “game of
directing” a “game” he knew, a “game” he was good at.
His dedication and accomplishments, including two years as
the Canadian National Shuffleboard President, were
recognized this year by his formal induction into the
Canadian Shuffleboard Hall-of-fame. Later, in August, if
illness hadn’t interfered, he would have received the same
honor from the International Shuffleboard Association.
Always considerate of others, John insisted that the
seriousness of his illness and its mind-boggling
complications not be dealt with publicly; up to the very
end, his strong, cheery voice on the phone would give the
lie to one’s own misgivings. His oft-expressed wish was of
not becoming an emotional burden to anyone, and till the
very end he dreamed of spending “two weeks under the Florida
sun… with his doctors’ written permission”…
He leaves to grieve his passing, his beloved wife, Colette,
(née Marion) and is survived by his dear sisters, Edith
Green, (N.Z), Marguerite Baker, Ottawa, and Barbara Hayden,
(N.S.). He will be sorely missed by his three children,
Michael, Montreal, Pat Weston, (Neville), Toronto, Anne
Sanders (Simon) and his two grand-children, Laura and James
(England), along with his many nephews and nieces.
Donations in lieu of flowers could be made to Elizabeth
Bruyère Hospice, Ottawa, Ontario or to your favorite
An Anglican commemorative service will be held on Sat.
Dec.16, after visiting hours in the St Laurent Chapel at
Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa, ON
Internment will follow at Notre-Dame Cemetery, Vanier.
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