Remembering those close to the hearts of our Club
Bill Jackson got into the sporting goods industry quite by accident. He is considered a pioneer in Outdoor Specialty Sports, where he was one of the first to teach SCUBA diving in 1950, long before there were SCUBA certifications. "Teaching What We Sell" in the outdoors became part of the Bill Jackson's experience; SCUBA classes (Beginning thru Instructor), Kids Snorkeling Camps, Gun Safety Classes, Kayak and SUP Classes, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Classes, Camping and Backpacking Seminars, Snow Ski Lessons (in Florida), and Metal Detecting Clinics.
He was a man of great accomplishments. He was inducted into the National Sporting Goods Association on May 5, 2015.
Bill Jackson passed away January 29, 2014.
Jack Boyd, one of the founding fathers of the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2005. As a trip leader, Jack led some of the club’s largest (and wildest) trips. As a president, he provided exemplary leadership and worked diligently to ensure the club’s rules and procedures were revised as the needs of the group changed. As a trip committee chairman, Jack took our club to new frontiers – he changed the Suncoast Alpine Ski Club from an unorganized group of skiers to the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers, one of the largest and most well-run ski clubs in the United States. Jack trained, nourished, and positively influenced every Tampa Bay Snow Skiers president. He truly loved the ski club and those of us he left behind will do our best to make his dreams of expanding the club and providing better trips to our members each year a reality.
On a personal note, Jack was a mentor, a father figure, and a dear friend. When I needed advice or help, he was there for me. I met Jack on a ski trip to Park City in February, 1989 while he was traveling as a ski club member. My group’s trip got off to a bad start due to poor organization and lack of leadership. Jack took time from his personal vacation and went out of his way to make our experience a memorable one. Thanks to him, our trip was a tremendous success and left us with fond memories that continually remind us of Jack’s giving nature.
Jack was an incredibly caring person, even towards people he had just met. Along with my wife, Jack accompanied me to be sworn in on the day I became a citizen of the United States. Three out of the five hundred people being sworn in did not understand the instructions (as English was their second language). The immigration officer publicly humiliated them. Jack stood up, introduced himself to the officer, and explained to her (the Jack way) that it was the most important day of their lives and that she was ruining it for them. He asked to speak to her supervisor about her behavior, and everyone cheered. That day, Jack made an unforgettable impression on all five hundred immigrants, including me.
What I admire most about Jack is that the strength of his character never failed, even in awkward circumstances where most people become inhibited. He was not afraid to stand up to injustice or to take charge in a less than perfect situation. Jack’s integrity gained the respect of all those who were fortunate to know him, and I am grateful that I was one of them.
TBSS Past President
Our ski club has lost one of its own. Billy Turney passed away March 20th, 2007. A legend in his own right, he was such a great "Bigger-Than-Life" character. He traveled with the club for years, as well as, served as a Trip Leader on several trips and had quite a following. Those of us who knew him will miss him. I will think of him at every club meeting, every time I hear the word ‘darlin’, anytime we have a Santa at our Christmas parties, in Vail...
Anyone who had the privilege to travel with him, knows what kind of wonderful person he was. Billy and His buddies, the "Crack-O'Noon" Club as most of us knew them, brought to their ski trips a camaraderie, seldom experienced in today's world. He and his band of cohorts would serve up breakfast, cooked by them, right in their condo, every morning to anyone wanting to share their hospitality. He could spend the day skiing with anyone who asked and then party through the night with Apre's ski parties that were renown. Again, in his condo, and all you had to do was show up. He provided everything else, including entertainment. (For those who remember a certain Vail trip "pole")
His Southern Charm could liven up any occasion or event he chose to grace with his presence. There are very few people like Billy and to have had the good fortune to have known him, should be counted as a blessing. The world will be worse off for having lost him.
We are lucky to have known him and the memories we have of him will keep him in our hearts.
The members of the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders have truly lost a great friend and skiing companion. Our hearts go out to his wife and family. It's truly a sad day.
TBSSB Past President
Below is a copy of the article from the newspaper.
TURNEY, William "Bill" H.,70, of St. Pete Beach, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute after a brief illness. Born in Monticello, Fla., he moved to this area in 1965 from Jacksonville. He worked in the manufactured housing industry for more than 35 years. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, St. Pete Beach, was a 1954 graduate of Landon High School, Jacksonville, and attended the University of Florida. He was a loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Fletcher Turney, and his sister-in-law,Spuddy Robards. He is survived by his wife, Marge; three daughters and their husbands, Alice "Poo" (Keith) Palinkas, Tampa, and Lynda (Glen) Kirk and Laurie ( Russell) Morton,both of Kingsland, Ga.; two sons and their wives, Michael (Vicki) Turney, Largo, and William (Patricia) Reinhard, Seffner; a cousin, Virginia Johnson, Vero Beach; 10 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.