Born in Toronto in 1919, Jack’s indelible impact on the local sports scene began in 1945, when he moved to Belleville following service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was the first employee at CJBQ Radio, and was the source of radio sports for Bellevillians for almost forty years – ending his broadcasts with his motto: “To play a sport, you must be one.”
Jack received an award in 1973 from the Sports Federation of Canada recognizing his “Outstanding Contribution Toward the Encouragement of Participation in Amateur Sport in Canada.” He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1959, and served as its president from 1967 to 1969. He was the vice-president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1969, and subsequently served as its president from 1973 to 1975. He was also a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation from 1975 to 1978.
Locally, he is a past president of the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association and a former Commander of the Bay of Quinte Power Boat Squadron. Jack remains active as a Life Member of the O.H.A. and the C.A.H.A.0