Skate Canada saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer William McLachlan

It is with a heavy heart that Skate Canada says goodbye to beloved Hall of Famer William (Bill) McLachlan. McLachlan, 75, of Toronto passed away peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital on Sunday, December 1, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

McLachlan was a six-time Canadian Champion in ice dance. He won the national championships three times with partner Geraldine Fenton (1957, 1958, 1959). The duo won silver medals at the 1957 and 1958 world championships and a bronze medal at the 1959 world championships.

He later teamed up with Virginia Thompson and also went on to win three national titles (1960, 1961,1962). They went on to win a silver medal at the 1960 world championships and a bronze medal at the 1962 world championships.

McLachlan was an active member of figure skating after he retired from the ice. He was a member of the Central Ontario Section executive for 20 years and was a gold test judge in all three disciplines. He was an ISU level ice dance judge and judged at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville.

In 1996 along with his two former partners Fenton and Thompson, he was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.

His family and friends will celebrate his life at a funeral service on Thursday. For more information on visitation and to leave condolences and memories please visit Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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