Erwin A. Sautter-Hewitt obituary

The World Curling Federation (WCF) is saddened to hear of the recent passing of a member of its Hall of Fame, Erwin A. Sautter-Hewitt, 92, from Switzerland.

He passed away on 8 December 2016.

Erwin, was a journalist by trade and was inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame in 1997, as a builder for his work promoting the sport.

This included founding and producing ‘Curling’ the Swiss curling magazine, contributing articles to the Scottish Curler, forming the World Curling Media Association (WCMA) – which still meets annually at the World Curling Championships – and as author of the book ‘Curling Vademecum’ published in 1993.

Robin Welsh, in his book 'International Guide to Curling' in 1985, wrote, “Erwin A. Sautter, who founded the Swiss magazine 'Curling' in 1959 and edited it for many years, gave drive and direction at a critical stage to Swiss curling. A man steeped in the lore of the game and an international figure of repute – he attended meetings during the Scotch Cup in Vancouver in 1966 which led to the formation of the International Curling Federation.”

Mike Thomson, former Secretary General of the WCF, remembered Erwin for his traditional values. He said: “Erwin would have been much happier playing on a frozen Swiss lake than in an ice rink! He was a great traditionalist and believed that Scotland's place as the 'Home of Curling' should always be upheld.”

Bob Cowan, another renowned curling journalist remembered, on media benches around the world, Erwin was, “very much a key figure in the Silver Broom years.”

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “On behalf of the World Curling Federation I express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Erwin, and to the curling community in Switzerland.

“We are deeply indebted to him, for the many years of hard work promoting our sport. Without people like Erwin, curling would not be in the healthy and growing position it is in today.”

Thank you to Bob Cowan, Mike Haggerty and Mike Thomson for the information they provided about Erwin for this obituary.