BC Rugby Community Loses 2 Individuals

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The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club is mourning after one of their players was killed in a car crash Tuesday.

Trent Bourke, 26, died when his Hyundai Tucson collided with an SUV headed in the opposite direction on the Golden Ears Bridge. Occupants of the other vehicle were taken to hospital.

Trent Bourke
Trent Bourke

While police didn’t release any names, the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club has identified Bourke, who lived in Maple Ridge as the crash’s victim.

“It is with deep sadness that we report the sudden passing of Trent “Bones” Bourke,” the club wrote on its Facebook page. “Bones was a vibrant, friendly, and dedicated member of the ARFC rugby community with a huge heart and an opportunistic exuberance on the pitch. He was active in rugby union, rugby sevens, and rugby league, having recently returned from a rugby league exchange in Australia with the Jamberoos.”

“Bones had a zest for life and regularly found a way to positively connect with all those around him. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.”

On Twitter, the club wrote: “Everyone that met Trent was better off for having done so. He embodied everything that was good about rugby. He is loved and greatly missed.”

In addition to playing locally for ARFC, Bourke had represented both British Columbia at the national level, and Canada at the international rugby league level.

Tributes to Bourke have pulled in from around the B.C.. Canadian and International rugby community.

Also the rugby community mourned the loss of Glyn Jones….

It is with great sadness that we announce Glyn’s passing last Friday after a brief illness. Glyn showed incredible strength, love and compassion even as his body was failing him. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Jean, his two children, Christopher (Isabelle) and Susan (Chris), as well as his grandchildren Taylor, Matthew, Ryan and Emilie.

Glyn was born in 1932 in Beckenham, England and immigrated to Vancouver in 1957 to seek better job opportunities. He worked for over 30 years at Canadian Forest Products as the Director of Training and Development, retiring in 1995.

Glyn Llewelyn Jones
Glyn Llewelyn Jones

He was passionately involved in rugby and met Jean while playing for the West Vancouver Barbarians. He later became a referee and was involved with the Capilano Rugby Club. He finished his rugby career as the President of the BC Rugby Union.

Glyn loved his time at their cabin in the Cariboo, which he lovingly finished and maintained throughout their years there. He and Jean spent much of their married lives being intrepid travelers of the world and were on their latest cruise three weeks before his death.

He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed by us all. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at the West Vancouver Senior’s Activity Centre in the Marine Room on Saturday, November 26th at 1:00 -3:00 pm. Flowers gratefully declined.

Published in The North Shore News from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22, 2016

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