BRIGHT, Jack Jack was born July 14, 1937 in Montreal where he became an expert skier and professional ski instructor. Jack's love of skiing and the mountains took him to a resort near Canmore at the age of 23 as their Manager of Operations. In 1966 when he was 28, he became the 1st General Manager of Whistler Mountain. Jack was instrumental in taking the mountain and the resort community from a sleepy little ski hill in the 1960's to the world class vibrant resort destination that it is today! As a result of his role with Whistler Mountain, Jack met and became friends with then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Together they would ski the mountain and take great delight in "losing" the PM's security detail, who would typically find them later at Dusty's enjoying a pint and pizza with the locals. He established Whistler's Chamber of Commerce and initiated the community's Canada Day Parade also serving as the founding president of the Canada West Ski Areas Association. Jack was a born entrepreneur! In his spare time, he built and operated one of the first hotels at Creekside, The Whistler Inn and its' restaurant JB's while continuing to grow the operations and profile of Whistler Mountain. During Jack's 24 years on the Board of the North Shore Credit Union he was elected as chair for two extensive periods. Jack led the decision to bring the first Financial Institution to Whistler by opening a branch of the North Shore Credit Union. He also served on the National Board for the Cumis Insurance Group for many years. Jack was a remarkable individual who lived life to the fullest, always saw the good in others and had the ability to easily make friends! He especially loved to host friends on his pride and joy the "Snowson", his lovingly maintained Grand Banks yacht. Celebrations of life were held for Jack at Whistler and The Burrard Yacht Club in North Vancouver. Jack , we love you and we miss your charming radiant smile! Twin Sister Jill, family, friends, Joe, your two special girls Jo-Anne and Amber.
Published in The North Shore News from July 14 to July 15, 2013