OTTAWA, ON (September 18, 2019) – Squash Canada mourns the loss of Hall of Fame inductee Stuart Dixon who passed away on Saturday September 14, 2019 at the age of 73 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Born on October 30, 1946 in Christchurch, New Zealand, Stuart was one of Canada’s most experienced and respected coaches. He was a NCCP Level 4 Certified coach, conducting over 82 NCCP courses across Canada. He was involved in coaching National Canadian Squash teams at every level that included World Championships, Pan American Championships and the 1999 Pan Am Games that were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His involvement in coaching squash saw him not only teaching at the Victoria Squash Club and at his Dixon’s Squash Academy, but also working as a World Squash Federation Consultant Coach. His passion for squash was instrumental in the development of many of our top athletes across Canada.
Personal friend of Stuart’s, Steve Wren, President of Squash Canada states, “So many of us in the wider squash community that spans many countries where Stuart showed his friendship in squash, conducted his work in squash and delivered his experience in squash, are deeply saddened by Stu’s passing. A true-blue Kiwi at heart, and adopted by a welcoming-Canada, Stuart contributed to the fabric of squash development in this country for five decades, in which time he forged relationships with so many Canadians that have carried through to this day. On behalf of the Squash Canada Board of Directors and Staff, farewell to our mate Stu, and condolences to wife, Sandy, and to Stuart’s family.”
Stuart was predeceased by his parents, Pearce and June (nee Irvine) and his brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sisters-in-law, Sharon Dixon and Skip (Dick) Angus and nephews, Bob, Sean, Michael, Andrew and Jeremy and their families.
Celebration of Life for Stuart will be held at 2pm, Saturday September 21st, 2019 at in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.
Donations can be made to the BC Cancer Agency or Victoria Hospice Society.
To view Stuart’s obituary and to leave a condolence message, please click here.