July 1, 2009 – From Eric Faust, Executive Director, J/24 Class Association, as posted on the IJCA site
The International J/24 Class Association is sad to report that past IJCA Chairman and Councilor of Honor, Geoff Evelyn of Canada, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2009, at age 64 after suffering complications from a brain hematoma. Geoff was a long-time supporter of the J/24 Class and volunteered many hours to helping the Class, both as the Chairman and more recently as a Councilor of Honor. Geoff’s spirit and devotion to the sport of sailing will be sadly missed.
Geoff is survived by his wife, Wendy; daughter Jenn, and grandson Curtis Tureck. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 2nd. Condolences can be expressed at http://www.courticefuneralchapel.com/obituaries-details.php?id=235 through the link on the right side of the screen.
Many Australian J sailors and those who have held administrative positions or travelled to overseas regattas would know Geoff. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that people make a contribution to the charity of their choice. The website also allows you to note your charitable contribution and share that with the family.
J/24 Class Association
I have posted the following condolence on the Chapel site above:
On Behalf of the Australian J24 Class Association and our many members who have over the years had friendship, contact and dealings with Geoff, we would like to send our sincere condolences to his family and friends over the loss of Geoff. We recognise his huge contribution to J/24 International in being one of the key players whose stewardship has made the class what it is today. There is no doubt that his work protected the class from falling into the abyss that so many others have. We know he is sailing smoothly now.
Simon Grain, President, J24 Australia.
Thank you Alyn and Hugo for your help with preparing this message