Jack Kirkpatrick: 1931-2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 11.55.51 AMWe at Professional Sound are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Kirkpatrick, the founder of Tele Tech Sales and a very loved member of the Canadian audio community.

The Toronto chapter of the Audio Engineering Society has an interview excerpt with Jack Kirkpatrick on its website that is worth watching again at this time. To view it, go HERE.

Jack founded Tele-Tech in 1954 and the company became a fixture of the Toronto recording community as a supplier of new and used recording equipment.  Before opening Tele Tech, Jack graduated from Ryerson University as an electronic technologist and worked for A.V. Roe on the famous Avro Arrow project.  Throughout his busy life and career, Jack never stopped learning, going back to school to study computer science at York University and coast accounting at McMaster University, graduating in 1972 as a Cost Accountant.

However, despite his technological and business smarts, it is Jack the person and advice giver that will always be missed the most. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jack’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Jack’s full obituary reads as such:

Kirkpatrick, John William “Jack”, C.M.A.

March 15, 1931 to October 28, 2013

Passed away suddenly at his home in Markham, on Monday, October 28th, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan and his four sisters: Connie (late Tom) White, Joan (late Kevan) Reeve, Diane (Chris) Malone and Carol Kirkpatrick (Dan Wolfe). He will be greatly missed by his four children and 10 grandchildren: Shelley (Michael) Madryga and grandchildren Carson, Laura and Blair; Sandra (Joe) Mucci and grandchildren Alex, Matthew and Vincent; Caroline Kirkpatrick (Brian Douglas) and grandchild Myles and John (Anne) Kirkpatrick and grandchildren Célise, Evan and Luc. He will also be sadly missed by his extended family and his many friends and colleagues.

He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Electronics) in 1953 and was the founder of Tele Tech Sales Limited. He was a man that had many interests and pursued them with determination, perseverance, acute curiosity and ingenuity. He had a special interest in jazz and his garden, especially his tomatoes, garlic bulbs, hibiscus and geraniums. He was very mechanically inclined and always adapted unique approaches to either build and/or fix that which was broken. He was never one to turn down good company, good food, good wine and a delicious piece of fine dark chocolate with almonds.

Visitation will be at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street North, Markham from 11:00 am to 12 noon. Service will commence at 12 noon with a reception (tea service) to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, OPSCA, Toronto Humane Society or to a charity of your choice.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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