Badminton Canada mourns the loss of John Gilbert
August 10, 2023
Badminton Canada is sorry to share the sad news that Hall of Fame Coach, John Gilbert has passed away.
Born in Capreol, ON, on January 12th 1945, John passed away at St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre on July 27th, in Brantford. Although a student and teacher of English Literature, John's passions were badminton, his dogs and camp life on Edna Lake. His excellence at playing, mentoring and coaching earned him inductions into the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame and the Badminton Canada Hall of Fame.
John coached tirelessly at the Oakville Club during the 70’s and 80’s, producing numerous provincial, national and international champion players. He was a national team coach and later continued to teach in and around Toronto at various locations. John had a huge impact on those who grew up around him and there are many players who owe much of their badminton careers to the years spent on the courts being taught by him.
Badminton Canada extends our deepest condolences to John’s friends and family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations are encouraged for St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre, Resident's Council. A private memorial took place, with an interment to follow at Farringdon Burial Ground.
John’s obituary and a digital tribute book are linked below for those who wish to contribute.