D. Bruce Jack Passes Away

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D. Bruce Jack Passes Away

August 25, 2008

Deaf Canadians arriving in Calgary on July 20th for the CAD Annual General Meeting were shocked by the new that D. Bruce Jack had died in his sleep that same morning. Bruce was a deeply-beloved member of the community and a national champion of Deaf culture, sports, and community action for more than half a century.

Marshall Wick, who led the CAD throughout the 1960s and 1970s as President and later as Executive Director, once told current Executive Director Jim Roots that “Bruce saved the CAD many, many times in those years. We couldn’t afford to pay the expenses of board members outside the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor, and that meant our meetings were always in danger of failing to achieve a quorum to conduct business. Bruce would finish working on Friday, jump on the night train from the West, and arrive just in time to make the meetings ‘legal’. Without him, we would have been in a lot of trouble!”

Bruce served on the CAD Board of Directors for many years, and he continued his support and involvement long after stepping down from that position. In fact, he never stopped supporting the CAD, even when his health began failing in the last few years.

He paid his own way to join the CAD group that traveled to Australia in 1999 to bid for the right to host the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf. Jim Roots, who shared accommodation with Bruce and with then-President Gordon Wiebe, remembers that “Bruce and I would sit in front of the TV trying to figure out what the heck was going on in that crazy game called Aussie football. By the second day of the World Congress,we were both hooked on the sport. We had a great time!” The Deaf community of Canada unites in sharing our sadness over the loss of a wonderful man.