It is with deep sadness and regret that Cricket Canada announces the passing of former Canadian Cricket Association President Jack Kyle on Thursday June 21st, 2012 in Vancouver.
Jack was a tireless supporter of Junior cricket in Western Canada over his 60 years of involvement with the sport.
Generations of young cricketers benefitted from their experiences in his annual camps and programs as he shaped the basis of Canada's junior development pathway.
For his efforts, Jack received the ICC Americas Region Lifetime Award from the late Bob Woolmer in 2004.
He possessed a rapier wit and endless energy that was rivaled only by the late Cliff Cox. Details regarding funeral arrangements will be made available as released.
Tributes to Jack have poured in from across the region:
"We lost a true champion of Cricket in Canada. RIP Jack Kyle. His legacy in Canadian cricket is unmatched, Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." - Keith Deonarine (National Team Analyst & Prairie Selector)
"I am saddened with a second legendary loss of the year. First Cliff and now Mr. Jack Kyle. RIP Jack and thank you for all that you have taught me about junior cricket and development of the sport. You will be missed." - VImal Hardat (Cricket Canada - 1st Vice President)
"RIP Jack Kyle - you will be missed. 'If you can't catch a tennis ball, you can't catch a cricket ball. Reach out, suck in!'" - Joe Lovelace (Former Canadian U19 cricketer)
"It was an absolute pleasure to have grown up and participated in the Canadian junior cricket system that Jack built. He was a shining example of what positive cricket administration can accomplish and his legacy and contribution to cricket will be unmatched." - Ravin Moorthty (Cricket Canada - President)
Eddie Norfolk of canadacricket.com has supplied the following notes:
Mr. Jack Kyle became President of the Canadian Cricket Association at the November 1978 Annual General Meeting. This followed the resignation of the previous President, John Cole, after “eleven years of excellent service to our Association”.
Writing as the new President in the “Kyle’s Innings” column of the March 1979 edition of “The Canadian Cricketer”, Mr. Kyle mentioned his introduction to the game:
“My (Jack Kyle’s) involvement with cricket stems from one day in 1939 when our class in Vancouver’s Maple Grove Elementary School was visited by Basil Robinson who announced the formation of a neightbourhood junior cricket team. From that beginning it was not long before I began playing senior cricket as well, including several years with the Vancouver Juniors C.C. before moving on to 1st Division Cricket. British Columbia has a long record of junior development and their 1978 senior Interprovincial side included 7 former B.C. junior players.”
“It was only natural that 12 years ago I felt the need to put something back into the game which had been so good to me, by organizing a junior team in an area of Vancouver close to my original starting place. Encouraged by Peter Molyneux, the dean of Vancouver junior cricket, I moved along to Provincial and then National junior organizing and coaching.
“Many of you, I am sure, feel the same love for cricket and have the same wish to put something back into the game. There are many ways this can be done, from financial support to unpiring. I can assure you that there is no more satisfying way than junior development, whether it be recruiting, organizing, managing, or coaching juniors.”
He then made specific mention of Martin Stead, a member of Canada’s 1979 squad for the World Cup qualification event. A squad that then became Canada’s squad for the 1979 Cricket World Cup due to success on the field in the qualifiers.
“When I look at Martin Stead, selected for Canada’s World Cup team, and remember watching him at age 4 playing with a very small bat outside (and inside!) the boundary at Brockton Point I know that junior development is possible. See what you can do to develop juniors in your area.”
A quick look at Jack Kyle’s playing record, as known through scorecards on “Cricket Archive”, shows he represented British Columbia in the inter-provincial Hiram Walker Cup in 1950, 1952 and 1955. He scored 93 before being run out in a B.C. score of 221 for eight wickets (68 overs) against Manitoba on August 2nd, 1955. He also played for Western Canada against Eastern Canada in 1958. He may well have appeared in other representative matches for which some records may exist at other sources.