UPDATE – Chilliwack Olympian Eric Munshaw Passes Away – Reaction – Celebration Of Life March 26

Chilliwack – It is with great sadness that the CCE (Chilliwack Centre For Excellence) Paddling Club took to social media to announce the passing of Eric Munshaw. Eric passed suddenly while skiing alone near his home in the Chilliwack Valley on Thursday.

Many knew Eric as a paddler. He raced in the ’72 Olympic Games (Munich) at aged 18. Then subsequently in World Championships in 1973, ’75, ’77 and 1979. He was active in coaching after moving to the Chilliwack area and a leading reason why Chilliwack became the Centre of Excellence and a focal point for the National Team.

With a degree in engineering and as an apprenticed cabinet maker, he went on to distinguish himself as a teacher in Chilliwack until he retired 4 years ago. Prior to retiring he and his wife Edna established EntWood Turnings – a business in which he made wooden bowls, primarily, while Edna sold them at markets and elsewhere.

A life celebration for Eric will be on Monday, March 26 at 1PM at Mount Slesse Middle School. There is a public request for pictures to add to the slideshow. the contact info is [email protected]

Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs told FVN : Oh No! Eric was a stalwart dedicated teacher whose first concern was always the students in his classes. He never wavered, and made it his mission to ensure students safety in shop classes. I’m so sad to hear of his passing!

5 Comments on "UPDATE – Chilliwack Olympian Eric Munshaw Passes Away – Reaction – Celebration Of Life March 26"

  1. Chris Rosenburg | March 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Reply

    Mr. Munshaw was such an inspirational and mindful teacher.
    He ignited our son’s passion for woodworking which led him to high school woodshop and competion.
    This year he will graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering and he continues to carry a love for woodworking!
    We are forever grateful for Mr. Munshaw’s contribution to our son’s well-rounded education.
    Heartfelt Thoughts,
    The Rosenburg Family

  2. To the Munshaw Family. I was so sad to hear about Eric’s passing. Dennis and I send out deepest condolences. Our thoughts and hearts are with all of you. I still have fond memories growing up on Lockerbie and going to your cottage in Buckhorn.
    Sincerely, Dale (nee Ferguson) Ransome

  3. Hermann Kerckhoff | March 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Reply

    Dear Munshaw Family,
    Memories plenty. So sad we never got together again after 1972. Now you are gone Eric, last year Heinz, my heartfelt condolences. Edna, you have a life to live, be strong. Love Hermann

  4. Saddened to learn of Eric Munshaw’s sudden passing yesterday … He was originally from Ontario where I first saw him in action going head-to-head with Dieter Poenn and Gary Barton at OVKC Whitewater Competitions … In the 70s, he moved out West in search of bigger water which he found aplenty on BC’s magnificient WW rivers … Eric generously provided his WW expertise and introduced me to the BC WW fraternity during my 1980s research for a Whitewater film which, alas, never materialized because an extended drought at the time drastically lowered water levels … Nevertheless, I had the thrilling good fortune to paddle the Birkenhead, Chilliwack, Cheakamus, Capilano and even the Wenatchee down in Washington State, following the lines set by Eric, Steve Schleicher, Joe Matuska, Brian Allen, Klaus Streckman, et al. … While away on vacation, Eric and Edna kindly made their Vancouver apartment available during my sojourn in the area, a luxurious break from living for days on end on top of the camera gear in my VW van .. I recall Eric thinking at the time of teaching Industrial Arts … As with his paddling exploits, turns out Eric left his distinguished mark in that field as well … My sincere condolences to Edna, their family and the BC WW Fraternity.

  5. I just learned of Erics decease last week while speaking with fellow kayakers at Telegraph Cove BC. I started whitewater paddling in 1971 and met Eric along with other olympic team members at the 1972 Canadian national whitewater championships on the upper Red Deer River in Alberta. I was a junior paddler and did training paddles down the Panther river with olympian Hermann Kerckhoff. I remember watching Eric and Edna paddling a C2 in Ontario in the early 1970s. Eric was in the bow and must have made a negative comment to Edna about her paddling because as I was watching them Edna looked at Eric and stuck her tongue out at him. I was still a junior paddler and Erics family was kind enough to give me a place to stay for a day while I was competing in Ontario. I also remember the Kind hospitality of the Kerckhoff family for allowing me to stay at their Madawaska Whitewater school for a summer when reigning world champion Norbert Satler was a guest. Both Eric and Hermann have been an inspiration to my paddling experience.
    Bob Yip

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