Stollery, along with his sister, took over Angus after the passing of their father, Art. Under Gordon and Laurie, the course became the preeminent corporate golf facility in Canada, host to hundreds of tournaments and charity events. Gordon eventually bought out his sister, and his daughter, Cailey, now runs the facility. Gordon also owned Goodwood, a very private course near Uxbridge that has never opened officially as either a public or private club.
His courses hosted two Canadian Opens, the last in 2007. The second open was contentious, and Davis Love III was brought in to redesign the course. Stollery acquired both Canadian Opens, paying money to host the events, something unheard of until that point.
Stollery was a huge success in the Calgary oil patch, first with Morrison Petroleum and then with High Pine. He also had significant success with the real estate surrounding Angus Glen.
I spoke with Stollery on numerous occasions — about his courses, about Goodwood and about the Canadian Open. He was a big man — always a bit larger than life. I still recall bumping into him a few years back in the fall as he was preparing to take a group of guys up to Goodwood for a game. “If the weather is good, we should play together up there,” he said. Never happened, and now I’m sorry it didn’t.
Update: Lots of media coverage of Stollery’s death today, though none really explains what happpend. The Toronto Star has a quick hit on the news, as does the Wall Street Journal. Other reports have suggested Stollery died while snorkeling.