October 22, 2005 – It is with profound sadness that the Canadian Olympic Committee wishes to advise the Canadian sport community and our many partners and friends of the death last night of Mark Lowry, the COC’s Executive Director of Sport. Lowry, 51, passed away in his sleep at his home in Ottawa following a valiant, two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
“We are devastated by the loss of such a passionate and knowledgeable sport leader, and offer our deepest condolences to Mark’s family,” said Chris Rudge, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Right to the end, Mark dedicated his career to advancing the cause of athletes and sport in Canada. His lasting legacy will be the successes of the many Canadian athletes and coaches who benefited from the high performance programs – including the Own the Podium-2010 program – which Mark helped to create.”
Lowry joined the COC in June of 1997 as the Executive Director, Sport with overall responsibility for facilitating and directing Canada’s participation at the Olympic and Pan American Games, athlete and coach programming, and support to National Sport Federations. Prior to joining the COC, he held various positions within the Canadian sport movement, including Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union, Executive Director of the Canadian Amateur Rowing Association, Executive Director of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association and World University Games Coordinator.
Lowry leaves his wife Jennifer and his son, Brendan, 20. He will be sadly missed by his family as well as his many friends and colleagues in the sport community.
The COC, in response to the wishes of the Lowry family, has established “The Mark Lowry Memorial Fund” to benefit Canada’s Olympic athletes and coaches.
Private funeral services and a memorial service are being planned for next week in Ottawa. Details on the memorial service will be available at www.olympic.ca.