Class of 2008: Builder
Born in Kearney, Ontario, this long-serving Canadian sports journalist began his 49-year career with the Toronto Star in the early 1950s. One of Canada’s most knowledgeable sports writers ‘Chester’ reported on figure skating from the local to the world level, helping to bring it into prominence on the sports pages. Attending and reporting on six Winter Olympic Games and numerous ISU World Figure Skating Championships from the 1960s through the 1990s, he chronicled skating activities in his daily column from 1971 up until his retirement.
The recipient of a Skate Canada Award of Merit in 1974, his exceptional sports reporting earned him the 1988 National Newspaper Award for Sports Writing, the 1998 Sports Media Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada and recognition from the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame. This respected and influential journalist passed away in April of 2001, having chronicled Canadian sports for close to half a century, setting a standard for the reporting of figure skating for future generations to follow.
Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2008.