Jack McNelly, who used to a legend of USA curling, one of the most prestigious curlers in the world, died on the 15th March at the age of 70 of a heart attack. He passed away at his private home in Monument, Colorado.
Jack has been well-known for a meaningful philosophy, which is “to live life to the fullest.” He is highly appraised for his natural sense of adventure, the positive power of thinking and training all day long. Not only being a symbol of national curling, he has been a great friend, beloved husband and caring dad to his sons. He has gained a lot of titles in the USCA and world of curling. The USCA President during the 2001-2002 Olympic season and former WCF Representative, Peggy Hatch, called it a shot with the statement: “Jack McNelly was key to curling becoming an Olympic sport; his contribution cannot be overstated. He was a wonderful ambassador for curling and will be missed by so many.”
Jack McNelly was not only a professional curler but also a long-time director of the United States Curling Association, who made great distribution to the development of the Association. He was also the president of USCA during the period from 2002 to 2003 and the US representative for many important worldwide sports events such as the U.S. Olympic Committee. Moreover, Jack was the leader of US Olympic Curling Team from 2002 to 2006.
With the role as a curling professional player, Jack took part in the USCA Mixed National Champion as a competitor from 1990 to 1997. He was also the member of the USCA Men’s National Champion team skipped by Don Cooper in 1983.
Talking about hobbies and other interesting facts about Jack, he was really fond of outdoor activities such as fishing, elk hunting, or horsemanship.
During his funeral, Jack’s family recommended Jack’s friends and fans to together make memorial donations to the USCA or to their local curling club in Jack’s honor.