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Legendary Rackets Player David McLernon has died

Nov 07, 2022

David McLernon, recognized as the best North American-born Rackets player of all time, passed away at his home in the Eastern Townships of Canada on October 22.

David was born in Halifax on March 4th, 1944, during a period when his father, Robert Ross McLernon, was stationed there for World War II. When the family later returned to Westmount, David attended Selwyn House School and then Bishops College School, where he won many awards as an all-star athlete playing varsity football, hockey and cricket.

His sporting successes continued when he joined the Canadian Cricket Team with whom he toured England in 1963. David also played the Quebec Junior Tennis circuit and was a fierce competitor on the Westmount Wanderers Rugby Team. He later attended Mount Alison University, where he was an all-star player of the varsity football team.

As reported by the Montreal Gazette, David excelled at Rackets and ranked among the best in the world. He won the Canadian Open, US Open, Western Open, Tuxedo Gold Rackets and several titles in the UK. He is recognized as the best North American born Rackets player of all time, and his fellow players refer to him as a "Legend".

David was past President of the Montreal Racket Club, Honorary member of the Detroit Racket Club, longtime member of Hillside Tennis Club where he was Singles and Doubles Champion in the 1970's, longtime member of Mount Bruno Golf Club, and a past Director of Bishop's College School Foundation.

David is survived by his wife and best friend of 45 years, Pam (nee Davidson); daughter Laura (Stephen Pym); grandchildren Charlotte, Sebastian, and Lilah; brothers John (Peggy) and Robert (Debby); and brother-in-law Jim Davidson. He will also be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and his little furry friends Murphy, Archie, and Snickers. David also had a daughter, Jennifer (Ulrik Bjercke), and a brother, Colin (Gwen), who passed away before him.

For David McLernon’s full obituary, click here.

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