Fred Loek, Coach, Rower, Photographer, Dies Suddenly on Sunday

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Photo: The Mississauga News.

Fred Loek, longtime friend of Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), has died.  He was 66.

Loek grew up in The Netherlands before immigrating to Canada.

A member of the Don Rowing Club in Mississauga since 1968, Loek was passionate about many things, including rowing and photography. 

Loek was a part of the coaching staff that participated at the Summer Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, the Pan American Games in 1987, as well as the 1989 World Championships.  He coached and mentored a number of high profile rowers, including Silken Laumann and Rob Marland. 

Loek joined The Mississauga News in 1971 and served as the chief photographer for more than three decades before retiring in late 2013.

Peter Cookson, High Performance Director for RCA, and friend of Loek, remembers him fondly.

“He was a longtime friend of RCA,” said Cookson.  “He had significant influence on many athletes and coaches within our community.  His passing is a huge loss to all of us.”

Loek died suddenly at his home early Sunday morning.  He will be greatly missed.

Details for funeral arrangements are not yet known. 

Below are two photos Fred took of the men’s four and the men’s quad, only weeks ago, at a pre-World Championship training camp in Guelph, Ontario.

                                                        

Douglas Vandor – Rowing Canada Aviron – 

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