Two men who made an impact on golf in the Ottawa region both passed away near Christmas.
Bruce Heuchan lost his 15 year battle with Leukemia on Christmas Eve. The 61 year-old had long been a resident in British Columbia but cut his golfing teeth as a member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. In 1969 he not only won the Ottawa District Golf Association Championship but also took the Quebec Juvenile Boys title as a 15 year-old.
He would join the professional ranks in 1976 but struggle on the Canadian Tour. He turned to caddying, a role that would bring him around the world. His love of the game was infectious and persistent. He returned to playing and would go on to enjoy several seasons on the Canadian Tour before making his way on to the European Senior Tour where he enjoyed five campaigns and more than 80 tournaments. His most successful season was in 2005 when he made the cut in all 19 events he played and had seven top ten finishes.
Bruce is survived by his sister, Christine Hollander (John), his brother, Ross (Adair) and nieces, Jessica (Scott), Rebecca, Alexis, and nephews, Andrew and Ben.
A man who made an impact on Ottawa golf off the golf course also passed away near Christmas. Bernard Turner-Davis was a long-serving administrator know to many in the golf community.
A native of England, he joined the Ottawa Valley Golf Association as a volunteer and was a Director from 1984-86. He became Executive Director in 1987 and continued until 2005.
He remained as a Director from 2006-2008, leaving the OVGA in 2009.
Turner-Davis, along with wife Peggy, were constants on the Ottawa golf scene for many years, becoming well known to all competitive players.
Bernard was a long-time member of Carleton Golf & Yacht Club and was honoured by the PGA of Ottawa and Flagstick Golf Magazine with achievement awards recognizing his long-time service to golf.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2014, 2 p.m. at Kelly’s Funeral Home, 300 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bernard’s name to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation (ICU).