Glen Fraser (No. 49), Johnny Clifford (23) and Red McConville (21) celebrate podium finish at Canadian closed downhill championship in 1956.
Baylor Charles McConville
Born: March 23, 1928
Died: August 24, 2014 (London, Ontario)
Baylor Charles (Red) McConville served as president of the Canadian Ski Association in the mid-1970s, years featuring an Olympic championship as well as suspension of the national ski-jumping program.
“Last year was one of our toughest on the financial side,” he said early in 1976. “But it was certainly one of our best from the program point of view. The great Olympic win by Kathy Kreiner and the exceptional performance of our men’s downhill team inspired us all.”
Kreiner, 18, won a gold medal in the giant slalom over favourite Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany, who took silver to go with golds in downhill and slalom at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Soon after the Olympic triumph, the ski-jumping team program was suspended because of the misbehaviour of some members on tour.
McConville had been a member of Canada’s alpine ski team in the 1950s.
In 1956, he finished third in the Canadian closed downhill championship behind winner Glen Fraser and runner-up Johnny Clifford, a two-time Olympic alternate.
A longtime director of the London Ski Club, McConville was best known as one of the founders of the Devil’s Glen resort on 600 acres near Collingwood, Ont. He set the course for the annual Bee Hive giant slalom, as well as for an annual giant slalom pro races, which, in 1963, attracted a stellar field including former Olympic champions Heli Schaller and Ernest Hinterseer, as well as Pepi Gramshammer.
Away from the ski hill, McConville founded an insurance brokerage.
He died at home on Aug. 23. He leaves Margaret (née Woolley), his wife of 64 years; four children; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother; and, a sister. He was predeceased by three sisters.