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    Pascal Aymar has passed away

    2020-05-09T09:21:00Z

    Pascal Aymar , a well-known and influential figure in the sports and outdoor sector, passed away on May 6 due to a heart attack. Based in the region of Annecy, the 63-year-old Frenchman was active lately as a consultant, as a vice president of the Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) , ...

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    Wolfgang Schnellbügel, 61, passed away on Jan. 1 after four...

    2020-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Wolfgang Schnellbügel, 61, passed away on Jan. 1 after four years of fighting against the Lou Gehrig's disease, which is a form of lateral sclerosis. The well-known German executive was the managing director of Sport 2000 International from 2006 to 2015, developing its operations all over Europe and the buying ...

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    Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards and one...

    2019-11-28T00:00:00Z

    Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards and one of the true snowboarding pioneers, died on Nov. 20 at the age of 65 of complications from a relapse of testicular cancer. Jake was instrumental in making snowboarding a major sports activity, an important business and an Olympic discipline. He ...

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    Werner Marzin, the former president of Messe München who helped...

    2019-11-08T00:00:00Z

    Werner Marzin, the former president of Messe München who helped turn Ispo into a global trade show, died on Oct. 14 at the age of 89. He spent 30 years with the company, which is owned by the state of Bavaria, after joining it at its very start in 1964. ...

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    Jennifer Ridgeway, 69, a three-decade veteran at Patagonia credited with...

    2019-10-04T00:00:00Z

    Jennifer Ridgeway, 69, a three-decade veteran at Patagonia credited with creating the outdoor brand's aesthetic, has died at home in Ojia, California. She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Ridgeway was hired by Patagonia's marketing department in 1973 and wrote copy for its catalogs. She then became the company's ...

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    Jerry Turner, founder of American Sporting Goods and Turner Footwear,...

    2019-08-01T00:00:00Z

    Jerry Turner, founder of American Sporting Goods and Turner Footwear, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 84. Turner was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, in the center of the U.S., but was educated on both coasts, ending up with an MBA from Berkeley in California. In ...

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    Richard Engelhorn has passed away at the age of 80...

    2019-08-01T00:00:00Z

    Richard Engelhorn has passed away at the age of 80 after a long illness. For more than 50 years, the German retail executive had been a representative of the third generation of the company that was founded in 1890 by his grandfather, Georg Engelhorn, and Adam Sturn. It was not ...

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    Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin International, a unit of Garmin...

    2019-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin International, a unit of Garmin Ltd., died on June 12 at the age of 81. Burrell was an electrical engineer specializing in integrated avionics, designing and developing the first successful combined navigation receiver and communications transceiver (nav/comm) for the general aviation market. He held executive ...

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    Marzio Brombal, who was for many years the chief executive...

    2019-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Marzio Brombal, who was for many years the chief executive of Diadora, passed away on April 7 at the age of 71, due to a heart attack, while he was watching a football game in which his son was playing. He had founded a distribution company, Sportlab, in 2000 which ...

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    Jon Epstein, global chief commercial officer of Fila and president...

    2019-02-19T00:00:00Z

    Jon Epstein, global chief commercial officer of Fila and president of Fila North America, died on Friday, Feb. 15, at the age of 63. He had undergone heart surgery about a week before. Jennifer Estabrook, who joined Fila in 2005 and is now chief operating officer of Fila North America ...

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    Paul Golbert, the founder of Pajar Canada, passed away on...

    2019-01-28T00:00:00Z

    Paul Golbert, the founder of Pajar Canada, passed away on Dec. 25, at the age of 92. Pajar Canada, founded in 1963, is a five-generation family-owned footwear and outerwear company based in Montreal. Golbert was born in France in a shoemaking family, and emigrated to Canada in the 1950s, starting ...

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    Markus Huber has passed away

    2018-11-20T00:00:00Z

    Markus Huber, the kind and witty German journalist who helped us to launch The Outdoor Industry Compass ten years ago, died on Nov. 8 at a hospital in Nuremberg after a long and serious illness. He was only 47 years old. A memorial service will be held for him on ...

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    Hubert Schöffel, a pioneer of the outdoor industry, died at...

    2018-08-17T00:00:00Z

    Hubert Schöffel, a pioneer of the outdoor industry, died at the age of 88 on Aug. 8. He played a major role at the German family-owned producer of outdoor and ski clothing, which recently celebrated 50 years in the outdoor sector. Hubert Schöffel ran the family business for three decades. ...

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    Walter Fink, former owner of the German Fink Schuhe +...

    2018-05-04T00:00:00Z

    Walter Fink, former owner of the German Fink Schuhe + Sport retail chain of 60 shoe and sporting goods stores, passed away at the age of 87. Born in 1930, Fink joined his father s shoe retail store in 1960. He focused on the expansion of the company before he ...

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    Spy has announced the passing of Seth Hamot, its former...

    2018-05-04T00:00:00Z

    Spy has announced the passing of Seth Hamot, its former chief executive. Hamot died on March 22, after a long battle against lymphoma. He served as chairman of Spy's board of directors and chief executive from 2015 until late 2017. In Nov. 2017, Fir Geenen, an active member of Spy's ...

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    Del Hayes, one of the earliest employees of Blue Ribbon...

    2018-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Del Hayes, one of the earliest employees of Blue Ribbon Sports and a Nike director for many years, passed away at the age of 82 earlier this month. Phil Knight met Hayes when he worked at Price Waterhouse after studying to become an accountant, and he was apparently in awe ...

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    Original Buff has announced the death of its founder, Joan...

    2018-01-15T00:00:00Z

    Original Buff has announced the death of its founder, Joan Rojas, after a determined fight against cancer. He was 72 years old. With his unconventional spirit, he invented a bandana in microfiber to protect himself from the wind and the cold while driving his motorcycle. He used his family's textile ...

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    Peter Dankaart, the founder and owner of Daka Sports and...

    2017-07-31T00:00:00Z

    Peter Dankaart, the founder and owner of Daka Sports and one of the most driven personalities in the Dutch retail market, has passed away aged 74. Dankaart established Daka Sports in 1965 in a basement in Rotterdam with his wife, Anke, and turned it into a prominent Dutch retail group. ...

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    His name is a catch cry in handball where it...

    2017-07-31T00:00:00Z

    His name is a catch cry in handball where it describes both a trick feint and a handball-specific sports brand, but he himself will hear it called out in stadiums no more. Bernhard Kempa, “Monsieur Handball” to some, died on July 20 at the age of 96. Kempa was a ...

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    Jack O'Neill, who popularized wetsuits and gave his name to...

    2017-06-26T00:00:00Z

    Jack O'Neill, who popularized wetsuits and gave his name to the O'Neill brand, has passed away at the age of 94 at his home in Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz. The surfing legend started his career as a draftsman, taxi driver and fire extinguisher salesman in San Francisco, while famously tinkering ...