John Clifford (Jack) Brown
Died: January 3, 2014 (Summerside, Prince Edward Island)
In the early 1980s, organizers in Summerside, P.E.I., decided to expand the local economy by turning their seaside city into a sports tournament destination. A key figure in the success of the move was Jack Brown, who worked for the health department.
In 1985, he lured the junior men’s Canadian softball championship to the city, the first Canadian title to be held at Summerside. Four years later, he brought the junior men’s worlds tournaments to the city, its debut on the global stage.
The campaign culminated in winning the right to host the International Softball Congress (ISC) world championships in 1994. Brown was part of a delegation that made a presentation to the softball congress at Salt Lake City, Utah, two years earlier. Summerside beat out New York, Vancouver, Salt Lake City and Winnipeg in winning the bid.
In 2005, the junior men’s world championships returned to the city.
Brown, a resident of Miscouche, was also noted as a tireless supporter of charities in the city. He died at Prince County Hospital in Summerside, aged 73.