Passing of John Chillcott

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of one of the founding members of the Ile Perrot Yacht Club, Mr. John Chillcott. John had been named an honorary member in 2013 and had membership number 15 at the Club. He recently passed away from COVID-19.

All of the older members knew John who was very active in the Club, always present to participate in various work parties and an outstanding racer on his Laser. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday John was present to share his passion with the other members of the Club.

I have taken the liberty to provide these details for the newest members who didn’t get the chance to spend time with John, because since 2015 health problems prevented John from being present at the Club to live his passion for sailing.

From the founding of the Club in 1966 until his absence for health reasons, John has distinguished himself by the countless services he has rendered to the Club and by his exceptional contribution to the sport of sailing.

Your Executive Committee



  1. Katharine Thomson (Jones) on 17 January 2021 at 15:36

    My dad was also a founding member. I spent many years at I.P.Y.C. I thought John was one of the most wonderful people I had ever met. I was a vey awkward teenage, but he treated me with respect. He always listened to my opinion. I am so sad that he has died. I was just thinking of him and logged on to this site. I am soooo sad that he has died. I will inform my dad, who will also be sad. My dad is Derek Jones, membership number 2. RIP, great guy.

    Kate Thomson (Jones)

  2. Lesley Bailey (Taylor) on 22 January 2021 at 11:06

    I too was one of those awkward teenagers who spent as many waking hours as possible at the club and I too have many wonderful memories of the truly lovely man that John was. My Dad was one of the very early members of IPYC ( Jack Taylor) and he and I sailed a Flying Junior when John sailed his. John and I had continued to keep in touch, even if it was only Christmas cards and the occasional postcard ( I live in England) and a few years ago I brought my husband and son to Ile Perrot and arranged to meet up with John and Monique. We stayed with John at his home in Hudson and spent hours reminiscing about all those years ago and although John’s memory wasn’t what it used to be, the old memories were still there. I will always remember John with much love and affection and will miss him.

    • Katharine Thomson on 22 January 2021 at 18:45

      Was your dad a Canadair employee? I didn’t know many FJ sailors, but I probably knew you and your dad. My dad sailed on catamarans. How wonderful to connect with awkward teenagers who John was so kind to. I think he was kind to everyone, except nasty people, he ever met. My younger brother moved to UK about a decade ago. I am on FB if you want to connect. I live in Victoria BC. Apologies to admin if this not an acceptable communication through the news.

      • Lesley Bailey on 27 January 2021 at 3:16

        Hi Katie,
        I’m not on Facebook but can you contact me on email . I’m on It would be good to reconnect.
        Best wishes

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