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Canadian Heritage

October 23, 2009 16:01 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), on the Death of Jack Poole

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2009) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Jack Poole, the man largely responsible for bringing the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to British Columbia.

Mr. Poole was a man of tremendous dedication, larger than life. He worked tirelessly over the past months and years to make his Olympic vision a reality. I am so grateful for all he did to ensure that Canada is ready to welcome the world to the 2010 Winter Games, and I know that sentiment is shared by many of my fellow Canadians.

A native of Saskatchewan, Mr. Poole moved to Vancouver in 1963, and co-founded the Daon Development Corporation. A great sportsman, philanthropist, and citizen, he was chair and CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. We are eternally grateful to this great Canadian for his leadership and vision. His dedication to making these Canada's Games has helped ensure that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games will be experienced by all Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

It is an honour to have known Mr. Poole. He was a true gentleman who always put others ahead of himself. He received Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement in 2006 when he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He also received the Order of British Columbia. Mr. Poole was named Canada's Sport Executive of the Year and Tourism Leader of the Year, and was a member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Poole leaves behind his wife Darlene and family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Poole's family and friends. As the Olympic Flame makes its long journey to Vancouver, and each and every day of the 2010 Winter Games, and in decades to come, Mr. Poole's legacy will be remembered, and he will be missed tremendously.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1131