Chuck Hay obituary with funeral arrangements

  • Chuck Hay speaks to the media at the 1978 Air Canada Silver Broom in Winnipeg

The World Curling Federation is deeply saddened to learn of the death of former world curling champion and World Curling Hall of Fame recipient, Chuck Hay MBE, of Scotland.

Hay sadly passed away on Friday 4 August, aged 87.

UPDATE - Funeral Arrangements

There will be a private family cremation followed by a celebration of his life to be held at Dewar’s Rinks, Perth on Saturday 26 August at 11.30am, to which all friends are respectfully invited. Grateful thanks to all staff at PRI, Ninewells and Cornhill. No flowers please

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Chuck was Scotland’s first World Champion, when he and his rink won the 1967 Scotch Cup, in Perth, Scotland. He also collected silver medals in the World Curling Championships in 1963, 1966 and 1968. 

In 1979 Chuck was awarded the Elmer Freytag Award, which subsequently meant he became a member of the World Curling Hall of Fame.

A hero on the ice, he was instrumental in bringing the sliding delivery, which was being used widely in Canada, over the pond. His legacy in the sport runs deep, in addition to his contribution as a pioneer of international curling competition, he contributed to the sport as a coach, journalist and administrator, holding offices in the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and in the organisation of the World Curling Championships. In 2016, he contributed to the World Curling Federation’s 50th Anniversary book.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “On behalf of the World Curling Federation and the curling community in Scotland and the world at large, it is with deep sadness, that I express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Chuck. Chuck was instrumental in the early days of the Scotch Cup and establishing the roots of the international competition our sport enjoys so widely today. He will be sorely missed."

In April 2017 Chuck Hay wrote a special message to Kate Caithness about the induction of the Richardson team to the World Curling Hall of Fame. Having had many years of on-ice rivalry with the Richardson’s, Chuck’s message was read at the team’s induction to the Hall of Fame, in Lethbridge, Canada.

His message said: “It is great news to hear that the Richardson team are to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. They are the right team to be the first inducted. Apart from being top-class – world-class – curlers they are gentlemen of the highest order who put curling throughout the world as a major sport.”

This truly epitomises the man and these sentiments exactly reflect Chuck’s contribution to the sport as a curler and a gentleman.

Chuck Hay at the 1968 Air Canada Silver Broom in Pointe-Claire, Canada