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In Memoriam

The athletics community in Alberta lost two officials this past summer, Densil McInnis and Peter Gray. We thank them for their years of officiating and send their condolences to their families.

Densil “Bud” McInnis

With sadness, we must advise of the passing of Bud McInnis on August 3rd 2022.

Prior to moving to Alberta, Bud resided in St. John New Brunswick where he was a high school teacher in biology, mathematics and physical education.  With his physical education activities, he had also been responsible for organizing many high school athletics meets for that area.  He became formally involved with Athletics New Brunswick officiating activities in 1982. 

Bud and his family relocated to Sylvan Lake Alberta in 2000.  He became active in Athletics Alberta officiating upon his arrival in the province.  With the 2001 IAAF World Athletics Championships being held in Edmonton, Bud was one of the four Umpire Section Heads designated for that competition.

Bud was graded with Athletics Canada as a Level 5 Track Referee, a Level 5 Umpire, a Level 3 Starter’s Assistant, a National Jury Member, a National Clinician. and a National Mentor.

In recognition of his significant contributions to athletics officiating, Bud was named Athletics New Brunswick Official of the Year in 1994 and 2000 and Athletics Alberta Official of the Year in 2007.  In addition, he was named to the Athletics Canada Officials Wall of Honor in 2008.

Bud’s substantial involvement with officiating and his support and training efforts with our athletics officials has had a significant positive impact on their capabilities.  His presence will be greatly missed.

A link to Bud’s obituary may be found here:

Peter Gray

On September 16, Peter Gray passed away at the age of 79.

After emigrating to Canada from England to teach in 1967, and again in 1970, Peter had a positive impact on all who knew him. Many will remember his awesome teaching, athletic ability, kindness, fairness, generosity of spirit, an indomitable sense of humour and his raucous laugh. Peter loved life!

Peter began working as an official in 2006 and was often seen at the throws circle. He attained Level 3 as a Throws official and is best remembered for his ready laugh and great sense of humour and helping younger athletes at throws.  His presence, especially in the indoor season, will be missed.

Peter’s obituary may be found at: