Shorty Jenkins, probably the most famous icemaker ever, and once of curling's most famous ambassadors has died.
What more could be said about Jenkins? He made icemaking an art. However, unlike some innovators who hoarded their secrets, Shorty shared his ideas and experiences with anybody.
I never met Shorty, but from what I've heard, he was very engaging and not afraid to share his ideas with anybody that had 10 minutes to talk to him.
The Shorty Jenkins Classic, the Brockville, Ont. bonspiel that is held every fall in his honour, will be a little bittersweet this year. Jenkins was 77.
Here is some thoughts from the Twitterverse on Shorty's curling.
@EMontford rest in peace my friend. Will miss the king of swing. thanks for everything. We would of got no where with out you.
@TSNVicRauter Curling..no sports has lost an original...have a Timmy's in memory of icemake Shorty Jenkins.
@AshamCurling Curling loses a legend: Shorty Jenkins, the man in pink, passes away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his...
@BalancePlus RIP Shorty Jenkins.Thank you for everything you did for curling
@CurlingRumors #rumorhasit The ice in heaven just got a whole lot better. RIP Shorty