In recent months I’ve written too many quick obits on this blog for people I’ve known or dealt with through the game of golf. I’m sorry to add to that list.
Garry Zentil was one of four partners behind Eagles Nest GC in Vaughan. Along with Jim DeGasperis, Garry was one of the two forces behind the course’s creation. I worked with him in creating a book to commemorate the development of the club. The intent was to do it while it was still fresh in the minds of those involved. I never imagined that is was necessary at the time. The book came out in late 2010, and now Garry is gone suddenly.
The Zentils are one of the great entreprenuerial success stories in Toronto and own, among other things, the Mayfair sports and fitness clubs. I met Garry there for lunch a number of times. He often contacted me when he came across interesting materials relating to biographical writing. I last saw him at Eagles Nest on the driving range last summer. I hadn’t seen him since the book came out and he pulled me aside and told me how much he enjoyed it and that I was always welcome at the club. I shook his hand and he took off to play, with a big smile across his face.
He’ll be missed.