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John Hoiles Passes Away

Many old timers will be saddened by the news that John Hoiles after a short illness passed away peacefully on the 6th January 2015.

John was a true ambassador for ski racing in the early days

John holds a very special place in the hearts of all within Water Ski Racing, as the Driving Force in the significant development of Racing as a Discipline of note within Water Skiing. He pretty much kick started the discipline at the higher level.


He was of course the first World President of the discipline, and along with his enthusiastic colleagues at that time carved out a path for the future of Water Ski Racing at Domestic, European and World level, being much involved with the First World Championships being hosted here in GB at Whitstable, Allhallows and The Welsh Harp in 1979. In the 80’s John was also Chairman of BWSF Racing.

John was a larger than life character and always a true enthusiast for the sport. He lived life to the full.

Mary family & friends are in our thoughts and prayers right now.

Funeral Arrangements

Barham Crematorium Canterbury January 22nd 16:00hrs

Canterbury Road, Barham, nr Canterbury, CT4 8QU

Reception afterwards at Chestfield Golf Club, 103 Chestfield Road, Chestfield, Whitstable, CT5 3LU,

Family Flowers only are requested

The Family have requested if anyone would like to make a donation please see details below


“Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury”

Donations can be addressed to :

Attention: John Hoiles

C/O John Kemp Funeral Directors

26 Harbour Street




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