by Joe McLean, Flagstick, Editorial Staff
Sadly, we have to report that the Ottawa golf community has lost another of its long-time volunteers. According to a note we received from his son David, Eric Inch passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at the age of 102.
Junior golfers who played Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) events between 1981 and 1991 will undoubtedly remember Eric Inch when he ran the junior program. He was ably assisted by his son David, who eventually became a golf professional with the PGA of Canada – Ottawa Zone. Eric also served as the vice-president of the OVGA in 1991 and 1992.
Upon his retirement from the OVGA, Eric was awarded an honorary membership and the Ottawa Zone of the PGA of Canada honored Eric in 1997 with their lifetime achievement award for his commitment to the game of golf.
Flagstick Golf Magazine passes along our condolences to the Inch Family and Eric’s friends for their loss.
David Inch passed along the following information about his father.
INCH, ERIC Caswell, born on September 29, 1919, in New Jerusalem, New Brunswick, died suddenly on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at the age of 102. Eric was predeceased by his wife, Doris in 1998. He was also predeceased by his brother, Robert and sisters, Enid and Rhoda. Eric is survived by his three children Larry (Hazel), David (Beatrice) and Marilyn (Steven), and two grandchildren Tyler Inch and Robin Hebb, as well as two great grandchildren, Cayley and Kiersten Inch.
Eric spent his final 17 years living at Unitarian House in Ottawa. He was able to drive his car and play golf until 2012 when his eyesight became too poor to see the road, let alone his golf ball. Eric survived open-heart bypass surgery in 2013.
One of Eric’s passions was golf. He joined Carleton Golf & Yacht Club in 1967 and remained an avid golfer until his eyes gave out. He was fortunate enough to have seven holes-in-one over the years.
His other passions included listening to opera on Saturday afternoons and playing bridge with his numerous friends.
During the 60’s and 70’s Eric was a member of the World Federalists of Canada and of the Ottawa Memorial Society. He took great pleasure in pursuing these two causes and spent countless hours volunteering to make both organizations stronger.
Eric spent over three years during World War II operating radar stations in India and Burma with the RCAF. He sailed from Halifax in January of 1942 and returned in mid-1945.
After graduating as an Electrical Engineer from the University of New Brunswick in 1948, Eric and Doris moved to Ottawa where he spent over 10 years as a Radar Instructor at HMCS Gloucester in Leitrim, Ontario. He then joined the faculty of EOIT (Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology), which later became Algonquin College. Eric taught Electronics there for many years, and then finished his career as an Administrator in the late 70’s.
The family would like to express special thanks to the staff of Unitarian House for the care they showed Eric for the past few years.
There will be no funeral by Eric’s request.