Longtime Golf Volunteer Mary Drummie Passes Away

Mary Drummie, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, 1993 (Photo - Ottawa Valley Golf Association)

We were saddened to hear about the recent passing of Mary Drummie, who gave much of herself to the game of golf during her life.

Joe McLean, a co-author of the upcoming book on the 50 year anniversary of the Kanata Golf & Country Club, provided a short synopsis of her many contributions.

We would like to express our condolences to her family and many friends.

Mary Drummie spent her life in and around golf. During her childhood she lived beside a golf course and was an active junior golfer. College summers were spent at the St. Croix Club in Maine, an international golf club on the border of Maine and New Brunswick. She married into a golfing family and moved to Fredericton, N.B., later to Halifax, N.S. and finally to Ottawa. Throughout this time, she continued to play golf and to undertake numerous and diverse club portfolios.

Upon arrival in Ottawa, she began working at the District level, again in several capacities including as the Ottawa District Vice-President (1982-83) and the Ottawa District President (1984-85). This ultimately led to the position of Quebec Vice-President in 1988-89 and the Quebec Branch Presidency in 1990-91. In 1993, she finally had a free summer and opted to be the Ladies Captain at her golf club, Kanata Lakes.

Living in the same city as the National Office (at the time), Mary volunteered her help on many occasions and was of valuable assistance to the CLGA. With her years of experience at the club level and as President of the Quebec Branch, Mary brought a wealth of knowledge to her position as Vice-President of the CLGA in 1994-95. Mary became the CLGA National President in 1996 through 1997. In 1996, Mary was the non-playing captain of the Canadian World Team which played in the Philippines and also served on the Women’s Committee of the World Amateur Golf Council. In 1997, she attended the International Golf Administrator’s Meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Mary Aletha Drummie
Obituary

DRUMMIE, Mary Aletha (nee Erck) passed away calmly in hospice in Fredericton, NB at the age of 78, on January 25, 2018 from complications with cancer. She was mother of Eric Drummie of Fredericton, NB and Ann Drummie of Oakland, CA, mother-in-law of Sarah (nee Powney) Drummie, grandmother of Christopher Drummie, ex-wife of Frederic Drummie, sister-in-law of Betty Drummie, aunt to Gretchen Drummie and Blair Drummie, and great friend to many.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Ramsey, NJ. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and went on to complete a Master of Science (Industrial Psychology) from McGill. She married Fred Drummie of Saint John, NB, and started married life in Fredericton, NB. In 1972, the entire family settled in the Kanata, ON where she was an active member of the golf, curling, and bridge communities. Through her relocations she was a member of the Fredericton Golf & Country Club, Ashburn Golf Club, Kanata Golf Club, Irish Hills Golf Club, and Canadian Golf Club. She mentored the junior golf programs at her local golf club, which instilled and shared the values of the sport with many young people, including her two children who have enjoyed the sport themselves ever since. She volunteered frequently as the Ladies’/Club Captain at each of her various clubs.

At the Ottawa District level, from 1974-87, she served consistently in many capacities including Tournament Chair and President. At the provincial level, from 1988-91, she served as the Vice President and then President of the CLGA Quebec Branch. This culminated with serving at the national level from 1993-97 as Vice President and then President of the CLGA. During this time, the national office relocated from Ottawa to Oakville, ON. With a large turnover of staff, Mary fulfilled many functions through this time, and the move was successful. She also worked tirelessly with lawyers to update the CLGA constitution. Further, she implemented the idea of the “Elite Golf Program” followed by the hiring of national coaches. This concept was later emulated by the RCGA.

Mary also really enjoyed the camaraderie and spirit of curling, most recently at the Richmond Curling Club (Ottawa). She started playing bridge in college and achieved Life Master in 1976. She continued to enjoy high-level international competition, playing recreationally, and tutoring. In 2011 she reached Gold and was collecting points toward Sapphire. As a “smart lady” her insatiable thirst for knowledge led to many world travels and adventures with her daughter and friends including strolling on the Great Wall, riding a camel at the pyramids of Giza, hiking to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, floating through the Blue Grotto on the coast of Capri, and hearing icebergs fall off glaciers in Iceland.

She was a friend who would offer a lift, organize a going-away party, and send just the right card. She was gracious and determined, and always on the move. She will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life will be held in Fredericton on February 3 while a second celebration will be planned at a later date for Ottawa. Donations to Fredericton Hospice House (hospicefredericton.ca) would be an appreciated extension of the family’s gratitude for the organization and the staff’s care and dedication. Online remembrances can be left at McAdam’s Funeral (www.mcadamsfh.com).