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The Passing of a Paddling Pioneer in Newfoundland

The paddling community is shocked and deeply saddened of the sudden passing of Jim Price, a leader and pioneer of paddling in Newfoundland and Labrador. Jim was also a Paddle Canada Sea Kayak and SUP Instructor and played a major part in the development of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program. 

Jim’s enthusiasm of paddling and delight of outdoor pursuits is legendary to those who knew him well or those who had just met him.

Jim was a great friend of Paddle Newfoundland and Labrador (PNL) and the clubs which preceded PNL. Indeed this week, Jim spent the evening volunteering his time to instruct and share his joy of paddling to many first time paddlers. The other instructors were delighted to share Jim’s unbridled enthusiasm. Jim was so pleased to see the pool full paddlers new to the sport.

Jim was our guest instructor at last year’s Annual Retreat; the first time a local paddler held this position. It was a wise decision, as Jim’s expertise and love of paddling was world class. Jim’s message was to get out there and enjoy the adventures!  Jim lived those words.

To his family, wife Karen, first wife Margie, son Jamie and daughter Sherry, friendy, notably his long time friend and co-owner of Eastern Edge Kayak, Mark Dykeman, (wife Linda) our sympathies go to you.  We always knew when Jim was in our presence; we will certainly miss him.

Paddle Newfoundland Labrador Board of Directors