Wayne Trask, driving force behind 1999 Canada Winter Games, dies

Gary Kean gkean@thewesternstar.com
Published on August 20, 2013
J. Wayne Trask

CORNER BROOK  J. Wayne Trask, one of the driving forces behind Corner Brook hosting the 1999 Canada Winter Games and getting a new regional civic centre in the process has died.

Mr. Trask died in his hometown of St. John's Tuesday morning at the age of 65.

Trask served as the president of the '99 Games Host Society when the national sporting event came to western Newfoundland. In order to clinch the "99 Games bid, the regional civic centre in Corner Brook - formerly named the Canada Games Centre - needed to be constructed and Trask was a pivotal character in making that become a reality.

In his honour, the new walking track around the concourse of what is now known as the Pepsi Centre was unveiled as the J. Wayne Trask Walking Track in 2007.

“His ability to lead, inspire and empower the volunteers who worked with him was legendary,” said Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley in a prepared statement in offering condolences to the Trask family and friends.

“It was Wayne’s innovative ideas and his ability to secure corporate sponsorships that ensured the financial success of the Games,” added the mayor. “His ability to motivate and inspire volunteers to accomplish his vision for the Canada Games also contributed greatly to the success of the event. He was a mentor to me and played a large role in making me who I am today.”

Mr. Trask continued to be an active member of the Canada Games Council and chaired the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Canada Games in 2007.

“It is certainly sad to hear of the passing of someone who had such an impact on our community,” said Greeley. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

A funeral mass will be held for Mr. Trask in St. John's on Saturday morning.

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From the website of Mr. Trask's daughter, Jennifer:

http://jennifer-trask.com/tribute