Jack Fairhurst, a former president of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, died recently at the age of 73 in Charlottetown.
He was in his 46th year as a member of the CGSA after serving on the board of directors from 1976-84 and as president in 1983.
Fairhust was named superintendent of the year in 1989 and as recently as July,2012, hosted a National Tournament event as Superintendent of Eagles Glenn Golf Club in Cavendish, PEI, where the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship was played.
Born in Montreal, he spent his entire working life in Atlantic Canada with the exception of a brief stint at the Champlain Golf Club in Montreal.
Fairhurst served as superintendent at the New Ashburn Golf Course near Halifax, the Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown and most recently at the Eagles Glenn Golf Course.
He also spent six years in the golf course construction and grow-in business between his work at Belvedere and Eagles Glenn.
“Jack introduced turf maintenance standards for golf courses in the Atlantic region that raised the bar for the rest of us to follow,” said John Mills, superintendent at Northumberland Links in Pugwash, N.S., and past CGSA president.
“He brought our efforts to the next level and challenged us all to meet the new standard,” he added.
He will be remembered by his wife Linda, sons Dean and Darren (Jennifer), his brother Theodore (Rosanna) and grandchildren Olivia, Skylar, Cooper, Blake and Allie.
Memorial donation can be made to the Provincial Palliative Care Unit or to the Children’s Wish Foundation, PEI Chapter. Online condolences may be sent to email@example.com.