MICHAEL HUGH MCLAFFERTY – 1947 – 2021 – It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the death of Michael Hugh McLafferty. Born in Yorkshire, England, Michael immigrated to Canada in 1955 with his parents and four sisters. Mike was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a selfless gentleman who exemplified what it means to be patient. He had a kind heart and gentle nature which were apparent upon meeting him. He had a presence about him that could not be matched. A quick wit and dry sense of humor, any who knew him well will remember his trademark grin after playing a joke or an unexpected return quip. Mike’s loyalty to the people and the things he cared about was immeasurable. He would help family and friends in any way that he could without hesitation. He was a truly generous and caring individual. An innovative and inspiring entrepreneur, Mike developed and engineered many products to support the telecom industry. He was dedicated to his staff and his many employees were committed to support his vision. Mike was a voracious reader, film buff, an avid sports fan and great athlete. He spent much of his youth playing golf, hockey, rugby and football. He played rugby for Toronto’s Balmy Beach Club. Michael was a member of Rosedale Golf Club, Summit Golf Club, the RCYC in Toronto and Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter, Florida. An avid boater, he is forever captain of his boat, “The Black Irish.”
Michael was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Margaret (née O’Hara); survived by his wife, Christine (nee McGirr); children, Laura, Sean, RJ, Mike Jr., and Kevin; sisters, Jean, Anne (Wall), Denise, and Helen (Hunt); his brothers-inlaw, Roger, Danny and Steve; and his close cousins, Maureen, Carol, Helen and Jim McLafferty.All of Mike’s family and friends will miss him immensely. He will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts.
There will be a grand celebration of Life on Friday, September 17 from 2 – 5:00 p.m. at Rosedale Golf Club, 1901 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto M4N 2W3. A family graveside service was held earlier this week. In lieu of flowers, please send donations, in his name, to his key philanthropic commitment and passion, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Cardiology Unit. Call 416 864-5000 or www.stmichaelshospital.com.
Mike Korac – It was with considerable sadness that I learned today of the passing of Mike Korac on June 5, 2021, in Lindsay, Ontario at the age of 95. Mike ran the Alpine Hotel with an iron fist, a kind heart , and a sense of humor for 64 years. He was an imposing figure behind the bar at the Alps and the man who poured many of us our first draught beer. Have one for Mike.
KORAC, Milan Louis – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Milan Korac, fondly known as “Mike”. Milan passed away peacefully at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Rose Korac (married for over 49 years). Loving father of Diane, Michelle (Neil), Mickey (Denise), Paul (Laura) and honorary son Joe Vrtik. Cherished Jeda to Caitlin (Robin), Michael, Neil, Mitchell, Lindsay, Emma and Andrew. Predeceased by his parents Luka and Deva Korac, brother Louis and sister Milka. Special uncle to Paul Baycetich, Diane Korach (Eli) and George Baycetich and their families. A special thank you for their love and support, Dave and Donna Butt. Mike was the proud owner of the Alpine Hotel in Scarborough for over 64 years. A landmark where friends and families gathered for generations. He enjoyed his retirement at his farm in the Kawarthas where family and friends often visited. Always a busy household and Dad made sure there was plenty of food and Shlivo for everyone. Dad we promise your legacy will live on, we promise to to take care of each other and make sure we put the fire out! God Bless Jeda, and you’re with Nanny now!! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family funeral will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre on Thursday, June 10th. A Celebration of Life for Milan will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. For online condolences please visit https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/MilanLouisKorac.html. GOD BLESS AND TO MANY MORE!!
Donald Oliver – Donald Oliver, passed away this past Saturday, May 29th. Donald was an avid paddler and one of the original rugby members of the Balmy Beach Club. The link to Donald’s obituary has been attached. Donald Oliver Memorial
Happy Victoria Day long weekend. Last week the provincial government announced its plan to reopen. This is fantastic news and the more the COVID numbers continue to decline, the higher the chance we might see our ladies and gentlemen in blue and gold take the field this season. Fingers crossed. In the meantime please continue to be safe and take care of your family and friends.
Tiina Veltmann Stewart – Very sad to announce the passing of Balmy Beach Women’s Rugby Alumni Tiina Veltmann Stewart. Tiina played with the beach as a Jr and was an integral part of creating the most recent Women’s Team and Section. Tiina was only 32 years old and leaves behind her husband and 10 month old daughter. Please visit her gofundme page to donate. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-in-memory-of-tiina-stewart-veltmann/donate
Glenn Tarver – On Thursday evening Glenn Tarver was involved in breaking up a home invasion. He was injured during the altercation and transported to Sunnybrooke for medical attention for his non-life-threatening injuries. He is recovering well and is in good spirits. Glenn wanted you to know that he will be ok. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I have attached the CP24 news clip article. https://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/scarborough-stabbing-leaves-two-men-with-serious-injuries-1.5267828
John Fogarty – Some sad news to pass along. The Balmy Beach Club and Alumni are saddened by the passing of John Fogarty. A long time Beach member who played in the 1970s and 1980s.
HUGGY – Dear Balmy Beach RFC Alumni: I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for supporting my current and past fundraisers. The proceeds from these fundraisers help me greatly to pay for my wheelchair van expenses and other expenses not covered by government programs, such as the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Your consideration of my circumstances and generosity have enabled me to achieve, and exceed my fundraising goal for 2020! Special thanks to Geoff Reynolds, Myles Martin and Haydn Gage for their support and assistance with making this fundraiser a huge success!
Be well and be safe. Thank you and Up the Beach!!! Cheers, Kerry Singh (Huggy)
Jim Mossman – Some sad news to pass along…Jim Mossman. Jim was a legend around the Balmy Beach Club 1940-1980s, and Malvern alumnus. Anybody that paddled at the Club during that time period had the privilege of knowing Jim and being coached by him. A competitor par excellence. I also believe he was part of the coaching team that helped Phil Redwood compete at the World Junior Paddlng Championship in Europe early 1960s. Phil was second. Hope you are all well and safe. Per Ardua Ad Astra. Rich
Hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving weekend. I wanted to pass along some news about Gofundme drive for Huggy. Thank you Geoff Reynolds for leading the charge. We are proud to forward to you our latest campaign to support Kerry Singh, our teammate and Club Member who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury (quadriplegia) in 1993 while playing rugby for Balmy Beach. As many of you know, we at the Balmy Beach Rugby Club have been fundraising over the years to help Huggy with his wheelchair van expenses through sports dinners, auctions, and other in-person fundraising events. Well, this year with COVID-19 it will be a little tougher for us to achieve our goal of $10,000.00 to help with insurance, service and repair to Huggy’s 2013 Honda Odyssey, which is no longer under warranty. Routine maintenance and repairs to the van, as well as its accessibility equipment can be very expensive. No government grants are available to cover these expenses and disability benefits are very limited. Huggy has just finished post-graduate studies in Business Analysis. Prior to the pandemic he had a full-time co-op job for a few months, so his future prospects for employment have definitely improved. We are all very proud of Huggy’s recent achievements!
Please support this very worthy cause and consider forwarding it to your friends and family. Help us to keep the wheels rolling for another year!!
I also wanted to pass along some news about former beach player Colyn Truter has a wine currently being sold at your local LCBO. It scored 95 Points in the Tim Atkin South African Report and only 120 bottles were listed with LCBO Vintages. Our agent in TO will hopefully get some more of this wine and import some of our other wines. Check out https://lusocape.com/ for some other great South African Wines.
Bruce Gage – It doesn’t look like there will be any rugby this season so Bruce Gage has decided to hang up the whistle after 40 years of coaching. Next year we would like to have a function honoring his many accomplishments. Here are some of his highlights……
The Mess first played for the Club when he was in high school at Malvern in the mid sixties! He played for our first Carling Cup Team in 1968 at centre and was still at Malvern. Bruce has been involved with Beach rugby since about 1965, until now, with a brief hiatus in ’83, ’84, ’85. He assumed the coaching role around ’78-’79 and has been an active part in all but 1 of our 16 Cups!!( not around in ’85 for the 1st of 5 in a row) He returned in ’86. Bruce has coached Team Ontario and has been elected to the Ont Rugby Hall of Fame (before his retirement as special dispensation so he could go into the Hall with his parents Tubs and Gee). Nicknamed The Mess! for having a cigarette and a beer in hand during games! Revered by Beach players and an Icon of Beach Rugby an Incredible number of “capped” players have passed through the Beach during Bruce’s reign as Beach head Coach. Happy retirement coach. All the best in all your future endeavours.
I hope you are all keeping well through these tough times but it seems like there is some light at the end of the tunnel. We continue to see sports making their way back to their respective pitches with modified seasons. Some sports are better than no sports.
Junior Rugby at Balmy Beach – 2020 – Junior Rugby at Balmy Beach RFC is an excellent introduction and development program at one of Canada’s most successful rugby football clubs. Our junior players have gone on to represent their club at the McCormick Cup, Ontario and Canada at the Rugby World Cup. We have a dedicated team of NCCP Level 1 & 2 certified coaches and look for players, parents and supporters who are committed to making a positive contribution in an environment that fosters mutual respect, sportsmanship and a lasting love of the game.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 junior program will be skills and fitness focussed with added competition as the Rugby Ontario Return To Play Phases progress. The Beach Junior Rugby program currently offers age categories from U10 to U18 and will run from August to October.
We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during these challenging times. Covid-19 has brought about a lot of change to our community and in our daily lives. The effects of these circumstances are being felt by many.
In an effort to support our community the Balmy Beach Rugby Club has already stepped up with our Blood Drive Campaign. With all this extra time and energy on our hands it has us asking ourselves what we can do to help.
These circumstances have proven to be difficult particularly for businesses. Many of these businesses have supported us in the past and we are looking to help them out in this time of need.
We recognize the large role that sponsors play in our success on and off the field. Because of support from sponsors, the Balmy Beach Rugby Club has won more Ontario Championships than any other club in the 70-year history of Rugby Ontario. The Balmy Beach Club now has an exciting opportunity to give back to those who have supported us.
We have compiled a list of businesses – Link to the Businesses List >>> that are currently available to contact that could use our help. Although their storefronts may not be currently open, we can order food delivery, gift cards, access virtual fitness training, and have products shipped to our homes.
It’s great to see everyone coming together as a community to make the best out of a difficult situation.
Please feel free to reach out to email@example.com should you have any questions or are looking for more information.
BLOOD DONATIONS – Hey everyone, obviously the world is in a bit of a crazy state at the moment. With our rugby seasons on pause, we figured we could take this time to do something as a club to make a meaningful impact in our community and add some competition into the mix as well.
So here’s the deal: In a time of crisis and uncertainty we need our Rugby Clubs and Sports Sections to get out there and donate blood!
Make an appointment to donate blood. When you donate, please wear something balmy related or something blue and gold (t-shirt, shorts, socks, whatever). While or after donating take a picture and post it, tag @balmybeachrugby and use the hashtag #uptheblood. Then send it to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will tally up the photos at the end of the day on April 30th to get the grand total.
Coming up – The Spring Dinner to be held on Wednesday May 13th is being closely monitored with the club due to COVID-19.
We continue to work with the club and assess the impact of the outbreak. Stay tuned.
Rugby AGM was held on Thursday January 16 and a new executive was elected.
President – Hayden Gage
Vice President – Tanis Hewitt
Secretary – Chris Hewitt
Treasurer – Malency Wainwright
Social Coordinator – Matthew Mufandaedza (Africa)
Social Media Coordinator – Ben Jones
We wish them all the best for this season
Special thank you to Sanjeev Desai for your 10 years of service to the executive and helping the Beach win dominating fashion.
Results from the rugby awards
Women’s Backs MVP – Lisa De Sario
Harvey Jaanusson Award – Andrew Bushe
Men’s 3rd Team MVP – Neil Lacroix
Women’s Rookie Back – Shanni White
Women’s Rookie Forward – Allison Plummer
Men’s 2nd Team MVP – Malency Wainwright
Women’s Box Office Award – Kaitlin Kelly
Women’s Club Player of the Year – Kim Hunter
Men’s Rookie of the Year – Stephen Dodo Dwyer
Dwayne Moses Award – Julian Alexander
Men’s 1st Team MVP – Thomas Larouche
Women’s 1st Team MVP – Abi Moody
Gee Gage Award – Kristin Bonomo
Men’s Asshole of the Year – Jason Ryback
Women’s Forward MVP – Catherine Buckhan
Bill Lark Award – Nick the knife Macan
Women’s Asshole of the Year – Tanis Hewitt
Please see the note below by Beach Jr coach Iain Mcleish and help a very talented beach jr player on his New Zealand Tour with the Canada U18s. Every little bit helps. Hey everyone. Great news, Prince Ndukwe (The athlete we paid for to try out for Team Canada last month), was selected to join team Canada U18 7’s for their tour to New Zealand at the end of December. The next hurdle for him is the cost of the trip which will end up being $3000. Is it possible for the Alumni, Junior, and Men’s section to contribute to sending him to New Zealand? He has also set up a GoFundMe account which I have linked below. Myles would it be possible to send the link out to your alumni email list to see if any of them would like to contribute as well? Here is the link to his GoFundMe Link:
Our very own Toronto Arrow Dan Moor has presented us with a ticket promotion. For every seasons ticket bought by a member of the Balmy Beach Alumni group, the Toronto Arrows will donate 20% back to grass roots rugby. Just use the promo code BALMYBEACHALUMNI at checkout. Download attachments for more details.
The Rugby World Cup final is being played this Saturday November 2 at the club on the big screen live! England vs South Africa should be a great match. The club will be open at 5am and kick off is at 5:30am. Complimentary coffee, juice and fruit will be available for members. Peameal on a bun will be available for purchase for $6 + HST but unfortunately the bar will not be open for beverages until 9am
On a sad note, long time club friend Jimmy Howard has passed away please look out for his obituary in the Globe and Mail on Thursday and the Star on Saturday. We wish the Howard family our deepest condolences.
Please keep an eye out for details of the rugby auction in early December
CUP DAY!!! – A great win for our Beach 2’s as the lads brought home the Gee Gage Cup! 37-34 in sudden victory OT! Penalty kick in OT by an unsuspecting kicker as primary guys were either not on the field or injured. jesse comes thru, first kick in 12 years! Beach awarded a 7 pt penalty try on last play of regulation to tie the game as our scrum dominated the Scottish and forced the issue. A hard hitting, demanding game but we persevered. One interesting comment heard along the Scottish sideline in a post game scrum was “how did we lose to those “Fuc…g old”guys!?” Well deserved guys! They’ll learn!
McCormick Cup – Brantford beats Irish!
Alumni Dinner – Good turnout last Thurs as Myles starts his time as Alumni Chairperson. Congrats to Craig Telfer on winning Ed Caterer Award! Bill Webb, Arrows owner attends and extends an offer to those who purchased Arrows season tickets, kickback to Beach Jr Rugby! Dan Moor great presentation on the Arrows. Chris Kalbfleisch Jr Director, updated 2019 Jr season. Peeter Oolup attempted to roast me but unfortunately, his Estonian spit wouldn’t go all the way through! Thanks to all for your support!
UP THE BEACH! – Get Off Your Butts and VOTE!!!!!! (GERRY)
RUGBY AUCTION – Sat Dec 7th 4pm-7pm – DONATIONS ANYONE???
Toronto Wolfpack – Win Grand Final to be promoted to Super League Rugby League! 24-6
The Blue and Gold of our Beach Juniors looked fantastic as part of the half-time celebrations! Thanks to jr Director Chris Kalbfleisch.
Ontario Rugby Union Hall of Fame – Congratulations to Paul Meyers on upcoming induction into the hall! Well Done Paul!