Toll of Time

July 12, 2013 – John TAYLOR, Cobourg, Ont. 

John David Taylor (May 8, 1952 – July 12, 2013) – We received the sad news during the 2013 Canadian Championships in Belleville. John Taylor, elected President of Horseshoe Ontario and regular participant in Belleville horseshoe tournaments, passed away on July 12th. Obituary:


May 6, 2013 – Clark BROWN, Halifax, N.S.

Clark Matthew Brown (March 4, 1918 – May 6, 2013) – It is with sincere regret to advise the passing of Clark Brown – 95 years due to kidney failure. Clark Brown was one of the most active participant at the Canadian Championships for many years and was inducted into the Horseshoe Canada Hall of Fame in 2007.  Obituary:


January 02, 2013 – Jim SHAW, Rolling Dam, N.B. 

James Theodore Shaw (July 10, 1946 – January 2, 2013) – It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Jim Shaw, a member of the St. Stephen Horseshoe Pitchers Club passed away today. Jim loved to pitch and participated in numerous local tournaments at Fraser Farm, as well as the Provincials and Maritimes. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Nancy and their 3 children and their families.
Jason Rideout, SSHPC Club President


December 25, 2012 – Alice HICKMAN, Victoria, B.C. 

Alice May Hickman (June 21, 1922 – December 25, 2012) –  She was born at home in Victoria and lived her whole life in the Victoria area. In her early years she worked as a telephone operator before starting her family. Alice was an avid contributor to the Saanich Agricultural Fair with numerous prizes won with her knitting, needlework and preserves. Later on in life she took up horseshoe playing and competed well into her 80’s, participating in many successful tournaments. Alice had a zest for life, boundless energy and thoroughly enjoyed the people around her.


June 6, 2012 – Don ADAMS, Saskatoon, Sask. 

Donald (Peter) Adams (September 13, 1925 – June 6, 2012) – He was born in Saskatoon to Arthur and Katherine; the 3rd of four children. Don is lovingly remembered and survived by his brothers. Jack and Bruce, his sons Doug (Faye) and their children Emily and Michael; James (Donna) and their children Calysta, Devon, Nathan and Ian; Jack (Rita) and special friends Gladys Hall and Anne Gutiw. Don was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Patricia; sister Joan Finney; sister-in-law Olive Adams, and brother-in-law John Finney. Don lived in Saskatoon his whole life. Don had a passion for sports which included hockey, fast pitch, badminton and horseshoes. He served with the Regina Rifles during WWII and was part of the liberating forces in Holland. He obtained two University Degrees, a BA in Physical Education and a BA in Education. He gave up on an offer to play with the Chicago Black Hawks to take over the family cement business, AE Adams and Sons where he worked for 40 years.


January 18, 2012 – Murray RAYNER, Nanaimo, B.C. 

Murray Rayner (September 17, 1929 – January 17, 2012) – Sadly, Murray Rayner passed away at the Nanaimo hospital around January 17, 2012. Murray was a horseshoe pitcher for almost his whole life. Born on September 17, 1929 in Saskatchewan, he was BC Provincial Men’s Champion in 1967 and 1969. He also finished in 3rd place at the Canadians in 1975 and 1977. Murray Rayner was inducted into the BCHA Hall of Fame in 2001. See his profile here. We extend our deepest condoleances to all the family.


December 13, 2011 – John HASELL, Victoria, B.C. 

John Hasell (December 30, 1930 – December 13, 2011) – We are sad to report the passing of John Hasell. John developed a computer program to keep proper stats for horseshoes, called the Shoes program. First used in BC and at the Canadians in Victoria 1994, it spread to other provinces and the States where it is still used today. In 1996, he also developed the first program used for Canstats, spending endless hours of work and consulting with Sam Tomasevic to put the program together. Born December 30, 1930 in England, John Hasell died at home in Victoria, BC after a courageous battle with cancer. Obituary:
On behalf of Horseshoe Canada we would like to extend our deepest condoleances to all the family and thank John for his huge contribution to our game.