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Canoe Kayak Canada – CHILLIWACK, B.-C. (MARCH 20, 2018) – It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada has learned of the passing of Eric Munshaw. Eric passed suddenly while skiing in the woods he loved near his home in the Chilliwack River Valley with his dog by his side.

« His influence and friendship remained with many paddlers long after their racing careers ended. »

Eric was a national team slalom athlete who raced in the 1972 Olympic Games at aged 18, then subsequently at the World Championships in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1979. He became active in coaching after moving to Chilliwack, BC and was a key leader founding Chilliwack as a high performance training centre for both Canadian and American slalom athletes. This centre served as a training site for many athletes who have competed in World Championships and Olympic Games. His influence and friendship remained with many paddlers long after their racing careers ended. 

Eric held a degree in engineering and was a trained cabinet maker, he went on to distinguish himself as a teacher. He was a passionate educator who inspired generations of students to pursue careers in trades and technology fields. Eric was well-recognized for his inspirational teaching over the years, in training new tech educators, and helping create the best practices guide for BC Tech Ed. He received a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008 in recognition of his contributions to the field of technology education. Eric retired from teaching at Mount Slesse Middle School in 2014.

Eric Munshaw (Photo: Chilliwack in Progress)

Eric was well known for his stunning furniture and wood-turning designs. He and his wife Edna spent many years travelling BC and Alberta selling his products under the name EntWood Turnings.  Eric’s woodworking has travelled to 6 different continents and continues to be appreciated worldwide.  
A man of great spirit, integrity and generosity who touched many lives over the years.  
His family would like to invite you to join them on Monday, March 26 at 1:00pm at Mount Slesse Middle School in Chilliwack to celebrate the life of Eric Munshaw.

About Canoe Kayak Canada


Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships.