With great sadness we inform you of the passing of one of the Recycling Council of Ontario's most loyal friends and colleagues and one of our founders: Jack McGinnis, on Saturday, January 29th, 2011.
Jack was a pioneering spirit in the environmental sustainability movement for over thirty-five years and is widely credited with initiating what is now the Blue Box program in Ontario and beyond.
The list of Jack's professional and personal accomplishments is long and really sums up the evolution of the environmental movement in Ontario. But beyond his role as leader, entrepreneur, collaborator and champion of the earth's resources, Jack is remembered for his generosity, integrity and friendship.
We invite you to learn more about this remarkable man by reading about the history of the Blue Box program and the groups related to its inception on the Durham Sustain Ability website. Here you will find links to interviews, historical overviews, images and external documentation.
Friends and colleagues are invited to pay their respects at Jack's Memorial Service this Saturday (details below):
Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Road North, Brooklin, ON L1M 1W9
Friday, February 4th, 2011: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Visitation
Saturday, February 5th, 2011: 1:00pm -2:00pm - Visitation;
2:00pm -3:00pm - Memorial Service followed by a reception 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Finally, some thoughtful recollections from two of Jack's colleagues:
I met Jack many years ago through a chance encounter that led to us both working together and becoming good friends. Jack had that effect on people - they were drawn to him. Whereas most people think of someone with a "magnetic personality" as being flashy, the loudest person in the room, etc, Jack was just the opposite. You were drawn to him because there was absolutely no aura of superficiality - it was "just Jack". When he talked, you wanted to listen as it was always interesting, usually quite profound and occasionally hilarious. What many of us in this field aspire to be and do, Jack had already been and done. But the talk was not only of old war stories - "back in the day". He was a forward thinker and a true (albeit an over-used word) visionary.
Jack has played a significant role in my life and all of my career highlights have involved Jack. He was the first person to hire me out of University and I was working with him right up to the time he went to hospital at our NGO Durham Sustain Ability. He has played a role in each of our lives, and in fact in everyone's life every time they use their blue box! He was the first and one of the few people I have met in life that is a "blue sky" thinker and I always admired his ability to envision what should be done and then worked to make it a reality. He was one of my few and coveted "gurus" and I will miss him immensely.