SHELDON SMITH - MAY 16, 2023
One of Canada's top motorcycle racers from the 1950s and ’60s has passed away.
Sheldon Smith, who was inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, died on May 16 at the age of 94. He is survived by his children Joanne and Derrick and extended family.
From 1950 to 1968, Mr. Smith consistently placed among the top riders in provincial and national races sanctioned by the Canadian Motorcycle Association on dirt tracks, road race, moto-cross and endurance events. Among his championships are national titles in 500-mile, 500-cc endurance runs in 1956, 1957 and 1959. He was Canadian moto-cross Scrambles champion in the 500-cc expert class in 1958, and he won the national dirt title honours in the 500-cc junior class in 1957.
According to his Hall of Fame bio, his numerous provincial titles include the 1958 championship in the 500-cc expert class road race.
A Peterborough native, Mr. Smith rode his first motorcycle at the age of 16. More than four decades later, he was still a touring rider with more than 300,000 miles under his wheels. He held numerous executive positions at provincial and national levels of the CMA, and was CMA national president in 1959 and 1960. He was primarily responsible for the development of motorcycle scrambles (moto-cross) in Ontario.
DAVID STEWART – MARCH 17, 2017
The CMA has learned the sad news of David’s passing, after a years’ long battle with lung disease. A native of Northern Ireland, he most fittingly said his goodbye on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.
His career was spent as a Toronto Police Officer, but his passion was for motorcycles and especially as an advocate for road safety.
David held a number of CMA positions over the years. He was chair of the Road Safety Committee, a member of the Board of Directors, and for a number of years, worked on a contract basis as the CMA Road Safety liaison with governments and other NGO’s with similar mandates. He made a large contribution at the world level as a CMA representative on the world governing body, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Public Affairs Commission (CAP), where he continued to have input even after retiring from that position.
Never a man with much patience when it came to what he considered “foot dragging” on important safety issues, we sometimes struggled to meet his expectations.
Rest assured, David, we will soldier on.
EARNEST MOUNT – MARCH 24, 2014
Earnest James Mount passed away peacefully in his 91st year on March 24th at the St. Anne’s Veteran’s Hospital after a very full rewarding life. He will be missed by his many dear friends from his youth, his fellow WWII veterans, his business associates and those that travelled with him or crossed his path on his numerous motorcycle adventures. All his old and new friends who were at the Feb CVMG meeting were indeed fortunate, he was a special guy. Motorcycle sport in Montreal has lost another of the Great Ones. An accomplished racer, an active and cooperative SMCC member, a faithful husband, a caring and helpful father and a true true friend to all who knew him.
JAMES SHERMAN – DECEMBER 31, 2011
James Garry Sherman passed away suddenly at the Kingston General Hospital on Saturday, December 31, 2011 in his 78th year. Son of the late Frank and Helena. Beloved husband of Olwen (nee Morris). Loving father of Gwen, Heather (Andrew Strome) and Laura Allen (Bruce). Loving grandfather of David, Riley and Nancy. Beloved brother of Nancy Dryden (Allan) and the late Carole Wigington. Garry was a retired employee of Oliphant Electric in Belleville and was an avid photographer, motorcycle enthusiast, golfer, and fisherman.
ZOLI BERENYI SR – JULY 20, 2010
The CMA Directors, Staff and we’re certain hundreds of members offer their deepest sympathy to the Berenyi family. We share your loss of a true legend in the story of Canadian motorcycling.
IVOR LLOYD – JUNE 27, 2010
While it must be acknowledged that there were, and are, many great Canadian road racers both before, and after Ivor’s racing career in Canada; Ivor was somehow, unique and special.
Quite frankly, Ivor Lloyd was, in a manner of speaking, the Wayne Gretzky of motorcycle road racing in Canada in the 1960s. Few, if any would argue that Gretzky is the absolute skilled craftsman at his profession of ice hockey; and those of us who were fortunate enough to see Ivor Lloyd display his skills and craftsmanship on a racing motorcycle, will readily afford him a similar accolade.
Ivor was by any standard, a superb motorcycle road racer, and with his smooth polished style, he made it all look deceptively easy. Many of us who tried to match his pace though, soon found otherwise, and very quickly realized we had some homework to do, and in many cases, a lot of homework! Poetry in Motion could be a phrase fittingly applied to Ivor’s riding style, especially on the #71 Alex Duff – Manx Norton that carried him to so many victories!
Ivor had already made his mark and was recognized as one of the best. on the fiercely competitive short circuits in his native Wales and England, winning championships, and several of the highly coveted silver replica awards on the world renowned Isle of Man circuit, before emigrating to Canada. When he arrived on the scene and began racing here, quietly and without any fanfare, for he was a very modest and unassuming man, .the bar. was raised substantially. Ivor became the new benchmark for any Canadian road racer aspiring to achieve excellence. I believe it could very safely be said that the standard and level of road racing in Canada improved substantially as a direct result of Ivor’s impact and influence, and it has never looked back. Ivor’s respected name and reputation soon spread to the USA and his racing talents were much in demand by several top race teams, including the well known Bob Hansen race team, sponsors of the best motorcycle racers in North America.
Above and beyond his racing expertise, Ivor was genuinely well liked, admired and respected by all in the motorcycling community, simply for the gentleman he was. As mentioned before, he was a modest and unassuming man, and never known to boast or brag about his accomplishments. He was always approachable, had a ready smile, and a good sense of humour. Perhaps a fitting and self evident testament and tribute to Ivor’s esteem, is the fact that most of us have remained in touch and friends for more than forty years, and long after the last chequered flag had fallen.
The Canadian motorcycling community recognized, and celebrated Ivor’s racing accomplishments and contributions by paying him our highest honour and inducting him into, (the only recently established), Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Had the Hall of Fame existed, when Ivor was at the top of his game he certainly would have been inducted at that time.
As a champion motorcycle racer, Ivor’s name, his accomplishments and contributions will be celebrated and remembered for all time, as he so rightly joined the elite ranks of the very best in Canadas motorcycling Community. Ivor will also always be remembered and appreciated as a good friend. And I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say it was a pleasure and privilege to know him.
Thanks Ivor and Godspeed.
By Dave Lloyd
NELSON DEVIN – FEBRUARY 1, 2003
An automobile accident on February 1st has claimed the life of Nelson Deven of Aylmer, Ontario. The 18 year old had recently completed his first year as an Expert in CMA Trials, placing a most respectible 2nd in the Ontario Championship.
He had risen rapidly through the ranks since first participating in 2000 when he won the Ontario Junior Championship and placed 3rd at the Nationals. The following year he won the Ontario Intermediate Championship and was second at the National level.
A sad loss for Trails and Motorcycling.
JACK CANFIELD – JANUARY 3, 2003
Canadian Motorcycling, and particularly Atlantic Canada lost a devoted friend on January 3rd, when Jack Canfield of Halifax died. Jack was a member of that special group of riders who came of age in the fifties and who involved themselves in every aspect of motorcycling, from racing to organizing. A 40 year member of the Canadian Motorcycle Association, Jack was still renewing his Vintage Roadracing licence and participating with his family in events at AMP.
In honour of his contribution to our sport, the CMA Board of Directors has retired his vintage number 32.
TREVOR DEELEY – MARCH 28, 2002
It is with great sorrow that the CMA announces the death of Trevor Deeley on Thursday, March 28th, at his home in Sidney on Vancouver Island.
Trevor was a great friend of the CMA, providing assistance over many years for our activities and was named an Honourary Member of the association in recognition of his contribution. He is the only person so honoured who has not held an executive position in the CMA.
DON McHUGH – JULY 8, 2001
The Canadian Motorcycle Association regrets to announce the death of Don McHugh on Sunday, July 8, 2001.
Don’s racing career spanned 4 decades during which he won many CMA titles. He was awarded the #1 Dirt Track Plate in 1964. He won the Expert Dirt Track Championships in 1954, 1955, 1957, 1960, and 1961. He also took the Expert Ice Racing crown in 1963, 1964, 1971, and 1973.
ALBERT IRWIN – AUGUST 9, 1994
It is with sorrow that the CMA advises of the death of Albert (Bert) Irwin, of Monkland, Ontario, on August 9, 1994.
Bert was a Life Member of the CMA, and received the Award of Merit, the association’s highest honour, in 1984 for his lifetime devotion to motorcycling. He was a member of the Canadian ISDE Team, and later Team Manager on several occasions. As proprietor of Irwin Cycles in Cornwall, Bert was a well known and respected member of that city’s business community, and active in many civic affairs.
We extend to his family, his many friends and business colleagues, our deepest sympathy. A fine gentleman has passed from among us.