History Series: This article bookends our "series within a series" where, in the lead up to and during what would normally be the Glengarry Highland Games weekend, we have shared some articles on the event, its history, and some of the people who have helped make it what it is.
Check out our articles on Connie Blaney, Gilbert Young, and our features on the Angus Gray Hall and Metcalfe Centre, and the birth of the Games.
Born in rural Ross Township, Jack first started on the pipes at about the age of fifteen with the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Pipe Band.
Jack has been a stalwart member of bands in the region for many years, including the Ottawa Police and RCMP pipe bands.
He had an extraordinary stay on the PPBSO Ottawa Branch executive committee from 1987 to 2010, serving as the Branch Treasurer. Rarely (if ever?) missing a meeting over his 23 year term in office, Jack was a fixture at the front door for every event held over that long span, greeting every person who attended those many hundreds of piping society events.
Jack also became involved in the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) contest when it moved from Cambridge to Maxville in 1995 until he handed over the reins to Rob Wilson in 2018.
For two years (2012-2013) Jack also served as the President of the Glengarry Highland Games.