It is with great sadness that we announce Hans Fogh passed away peacefully from Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease on March 14, 2014 in Toronto.
Born in Copenhagen, Hans has had one of the most exemplary competitive sailing careers ever, winning numerous Worlds, European, North American and National titles in several classes including the Soling, Finn, Flying Dutchman, Star and Etchells.
Hans came to Canada with the encouragement and support of long-time friend, Paul Henderson, who managed to lever Hans’ former career as a gardener to become a sailmaker. Hans went on to build one of the most successful sail lofts in the world under the Elvstrom, Fogh and North banners. His involvement in the development of the original Laser sail and the subsequent Laser Radial sail are only the beginning of his many well-known accomplishments in the sport.
A six-time Olympian, he won his first Olympic Silver Medal with Ole Erik Gunnar Peterson in Rome in 1960 for his native Denmark. In 1984, 24 years later, he won a Bronze Medal in Los Angeles, representing Canada with crew John Kerr and Steve Calder. Hans was extremely proud that he won a medal for his home and adopted countries. Hans also won a Pan Am Games Silver medal in 1987.
Recognizing Hans Fogh’s contribution to the sport of sailing, he has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association Canada Hall of Fame, including a number of other awards he has received over the years.
Hans' will be hard to replace in the sailing community and at Fogh Marine. While he has not been involved in the day to day operation of the store for many years, he was a strong influence on many of the staff and was always interested in the daily operation of the store. His suggestions, drive, and knowledge will be missed.
Visitation will be held on Thursday March 20th, 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Turner & Porter (Peel Chapel), 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga ON, L5B 1M8.A funeral service will be held on Friday March 21st at 3pm. The location will be confirmed shortly.