RCA mourns the loss of Jonathan Beare

RCA mourns the loss of Jonathan Beare

Jonathan Beare

It is with great sadness that Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) mourns the loss of Jonathan Beare on October 5, 2023.

Jonathan began his rowing career at the Upper Canada College and Western University. He went on to compete at 3 Olympic Games, ultimately winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the men’s lightweight four event.

After retirement, Jonathan continued contributing to the sport he loved, serving as Athlete Director on the RCA Board of Directors. He subsequently became a partner in Hudson Boat Works, a leading maker of rowing shells, and contributed to its substantial growth. 

“Jon was one of the most humble and caring people I know,” said former teammate and RCA High Performance Director, Adam Parfitt. “Whether working with him as an athlete, Athlete Director or at Hudson Boatworks, he always operated with the highest level of integrity and truly the best version of who we all aspire to be. I will greatly miss his generosity and wisdom as will so many in the rowing community.”

Jonathan leaves behind his wife Danielle and children, Mya and Rhys. RCA offers our deepest condolences to Jonathan’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

“Jon was a rower’s rower,” said RCA President, Carol Purcer. “He was a kind, and caring individual. His easy smile brought warmth to any setting and his contribution to RCA was immeasurable. He will truly be missed.”

A celebration of life was held on Saturday Oct 14 at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria. The family encourages anyone to share their remarks about Jon on the obituary site.

Canadian Lightweight Men’s Four show off their bronze medals after competing in the Lightweight Men’s Four final at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park during the the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing Aug 17, 2008. Beare, second from the left. THE CANADIAN PRESS / COC ANDRE FORGET



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