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Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 16:13
"Some sad news for the paddling community. Heinz Poenn passed away yesterday
morning in Little Current, Ontario. Three days ago he suffered a massive stroke
and had been unresponsive since then. All of his family was with him. He had
been in hospital since earlier in the week.
Arrangements have not yet been finalized, but he will be buried next to Edith in
Toronto (Royal York / Dixon Roads area). The tentative plan is that there will
be a funeral in Toronto on Saturday, likely with visitation on Friday."
Funeral Arrangements for Heinz Poenn
Visitation Friday 28th, evening, 7 - 9 pm
Butler Chapel of the Turner and Porter Funeral Home; 4933 Dundas St w. Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B6
Service at the funeral home on Saturday 29th, 9:00 am followed by burial at
Sanctuary Park Cemetery 1570 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3C4
Note: There will be a reception back at the funeral home after that, approximately 11:00 am.
We have a site set up for people to make comments, pay respects/tributes to Heinz.
"Heinz will be greatly missed. He was a very talented paddler, an Olympian in
1972. He was an extremely nice man with a good sense of humour and great
patience and understanding for young paddlers. He was very generous with his
time and knowledge and was instrumental in developing paddlers in Ontario,
making the province a major power in Canadian slalom. My thoughts are with
Dieter, and the family."
Heinz was WO pioneer and an individual who played a huge role in the development of canoe slalom in Ontario.
I met Heinz several times over the years. He enjoyed himself immensely at the Pan Ams in 2015 and had the chance to reacquaint himself with Jean-Michel Prono from France who was the Chief Judge at last year’s event.
Just last year at the Pan Am Games on the Gull, Heinz came by with Dieter - he had some advice on how to make a better move on this tight course - he was glowing! Kayaking is his life and even more so: coaching slalom. I had the honour of interviewing Heinz (and Roger) about the Gull and the early days of Slalom (as Venue announcer) His mind was sharp as if it was yesterday. The passion so large there were tears in his eyes.
With Heinz goes the beginning of paddling in Canada. A class act.
Claudia Van Wijk
Heinz was a great asset to our small slalom community back in the old days. He was helpful with his advice using his blunt direct style. I certainly appreciated his assistance figuring out certain moves on race courses many times. I know he worked really hard for us behind the scenes at team trials, training camps and national championships. Honestly, I don't know how we would have kept it all going without his hard constant work along with a few other key players. As a west coaster I am really grateful for his dedication to our racing teams. Please give my warmest regards to Dieter and his family. I am sorry for their loss. Sending out some hugs all around.
I have such fond memories of Heinz’s distinct waddling gait and his huge smile. My thoughts go out to Dieter and the rest of the paddling community who loved him, specially to those of us active in the seventies, eighties and nineties in which he devoted so much time and energy with as a coach and mentor as someone who endlessly gave back.
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