Sylvio Bourque Obituary – Death, Sylvio Bourque Has Died

Sylvio Bourque Death – Obituary,

Sylvio Bourque of Shediac, New Brunswick, passed at 62 Tuesday August 17, 2021. Sylvio was Canada’s “Ironman” of armwrestling and runner. He was best known for his numerous feats at the provincial, national and international level at wrist firing and founded with some volunteers the famous Grand Digue 15 km race for which in 2014 RunNB gave him recognition as event of the year.

Bourque drowned off the shore of Kouchibouguac. His spouse, Paulette Roy, who was with him tried to help him reach the shore line but failed.

The beloved athlete, well known across the province and beyond, he was an organizer, Competitor. Coach. Mentor. Champion. Friend. Legend, solicitor of funds, facilitator while making sure he was first on the starting line. Sylvio’s legacy for the running community include his cordiality, his innovative ideas, his passion and commitment.

His passing sparked up many condolence messages on social media platforms. Here are the excerpts of tributes of loved ones.

”I met Sylvio in February 2006 when he travelled from Grande-Digue to Tracadie to participate in his first Demi-marathon de l’Acadie (DMA). He completed his 80th DMA last June. I welcomed him in my home several times for an overnight stay before the race; the discussions that we had about running, competition, relationships and leadership were always cordial, enlightening and fruitful.
Sylvio Bourque was a man of passion, convictions and actions. He was a member of the RunNB Committee from 2008 to 2016, acting as Vice Chairman in the later years of service. He is credited for spearheading the RunNB Annual Banquet, the Youth Bursary Program and the Elite Series. The 15 KM de Grande-Digue was also one of Sylvio’s remarkable accomplishments. He invested countless efforts for 10 years to make that race an attractive and popular event…..”

”On the world stage, Sylvio competed in arm wrestling competitions in several countries winning several medals, including gold, for Canada. He even hosted two National Arm Wrestling competitions and the 2003 competition set a national record for registration numbers.
As a teacher in Grande-Digue, Sylvio promoted running for students; he organized a running program with sponsors and a point system for students K-8, recruiting close to the entire student school population. In a letter he wrote to RunNB Committee Members in 2016, he said about the running community: « I’ve developed solid and respectful relationships with so many great individuals. I enjoy seeing people active, happy and working to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s contagious!….”

”It is profound sadness and disbelief that I announce the passing of Sylvio Bourque. Sylvio left us yesterday at the age of 62. He won more medals at the World Championships than any other Canadian in history. He was an inductee into the Canadian Armwrestling Hall of Fame. He is survived by his longtime partner Paulette, son Daniel and his brothers Edouard and Felix. Sisters Marie, Julia, Denise, Nelida, Corinna and Chantal….”

”I have just learned of Canadian puller Sylvio Bourque’s passing yesterday at the age of 62. In a sense, Sylvio was Canada’s “Ironman” of armwrestling. One thing you could count on was that you would see him at the Canadian Nationals and the WAF Worlds each and every year. He went on to amass 26 WAF medals, more than any other Canadian in history. He got his start in 1978 and won his first national title at the WPAA Canadian Nationals in Toronto the following year. In the early 1980s he moved from New Brunswick to Alberta to learn techniques from more experienced pullers like John Miazdzyk and Tony Senger. A couple years later he moved to Manitoba where got a chance to pull many different arms before eventually returning to his home province and becoming a fixture at the various events being held in Atlantic Canada. Sylvio is one of the few pullers who experienced Canada’s biggest pro tournaments in the early days of the organized sport’s development, including the Carling O’Keefe Worlds in Timmins, Ontario, the North American Championships in Amos, Quebec, and the International Championships at the Gloucester Fair in Ottawa. He also hosted two very successful CAWF Nationals in 1999 and 2003. In 2005 he got into long-distance running, and completed dozens of marathons in the ensuing years. Sylvio was truly dedicated to his passions and he will be missed….”

 

”It is profound sadness and disbelief that I announce the passing of Sylvio Bourque. Sylvio left us yesterday at the age of 62. He won more medals at the World Championships than any other Canadian in history. He was an inductee into the Canadian Armwrestling Hall of Fame. He is survived by his longtime partner Paulette, son Daniel and his brothers Edouard and Felix…..”

”Woke up this morning literally in shock! Hearing the passing of an individual that was an inspiration to many including myself. RIP Sylvio Bourque. A running legend a arm wrestling champion and a tremendous teacher and more importantly a great friend. You will be greatly missed Sylvio…..”

 

”The racing community just lost a pillar, Sylvio Bourque. He was best known for his numerous feats at the provincial, national and international level at wrist firing but should not forget his passion and determination for running. He who founded with some volunteers the famous Grand Digue 15 km race for which in 2014 RunNB gave him recognition as event of the year. At these first 10 editions, he was an organizer, solicitor of funds, facilitator while making sure he was first on the starting line. Our Acadian Popeye will be remembered as a determined man who made his community shine that he adored
We will miss you a lot but we will not forget you…..”

Tributes And Condolences

Tributes and condolences are being shared across social media timelines over the passing of Bourque. It is with a deep sense of loss that friends and families mourn their beloved one who has died unexpectedly.

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