In memory of Canoe Kayak Canada’s national official Ken Butler

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (January 18, 2019) –It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has learned of the passing of CKC national official, Ken Butler.

For many years, Ken was a well-respected official who served at the divisional, provincial and national levels. He particularly enjoyed serving at the Canada Day Regatta for the Dominion Day Regatta Association (DDRA). He was well known for his photography and was an historian who wrote many articles about the DDRA and the Island paper. He lived on Toronto Island until the last few years.

Butler also well deserved the R. Edgar Gilbert Award – Official Category in 1989, award that recognize those volunteers who made significant and exemplary contributions to the Sprint Racing Discipline of CKC.

“Ken leaves a legacy of information through his many articles about the Toronto Island Canoe Club and its athletes; as well, his photography captured many well-known sites on the Island. He will be missed”, commented Judy Tutty, co-chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Trophies and Awards committee.

Butler leaves behind his wife Florence of 53 years, his children Shirley, Joyce and Bruce, and seven grandchildren.

On behalf of the entire paddling community, Canoe Kayak Canada would like to send its deepest condolences to the Butler family.

A full obituary and funeral details are available online here.


About Canoe Kayak Canada


Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.




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