Bob Picken and Anne Malcolm obituaries

  • Anne with the umpiring crew for the World Juniors 2015 © WCF / Richard Gray

The World Curling Federation is saddened to hear that two curling stalwarts, Bob Picken, from Canada and Scotland’s Anne Malcolm, have both passed away.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “It is truly heartbreaking to have received the news of the deaths of two great friends to the international curling family.

“On behalf of everyone at the World Curling Federation we send our deepest condolences to the families of Bob Picken and Anne Malcolm. We also remember our friends in Curling Canada, Scottish Curling and the wider curling community coming to terms with these losses.”

Bob Picken

Picken, a recipient of the Elmer Freytag Award, in 1987 [pictured, © Michael Burns], and member of the World Curling Hall of Fame, was best known as a curling broadcaster – covering over 50 world championships, as well as countless Canadian national and regional events in his career.

He was Curling Canada’s representative to the World Curling Federation – when it was known as the International Curling Federation – from 1973 to 1981. From 1992 to 1994 he served as media relations officer to the World Curling Federation.

It was with great sadness he passed away, aged 86, on Wednesday 30 January after a short battle with cancer.

Anne Malcolm

Anne Malcolm, who also had a battle with cancer, died on Tuesday 5 February, aged 65.

Malcolm was a respected curling umpire, who had officiated at the highest level of the game. Most recently, with the World Curling Federation, she was a part of the umpiring team at the Olympic Winter Games, in PyeongChang, in 2018.

Her work as an official saw her receive recognition as the ‘Official of the Year’ at the Scottish Women in Sports Awards in November 2018. Also, in Scotland, for six years she was a director on the Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s board.