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Published on December 20th, 2018

Molly Kurvink and Harri Palm

As popular members of the Snipe Class, Molly Kurvink and Harri Palm had won the 2018 Canadian Snipe National Championship, held August 25-26 on Guelph Lake near Guelph, Ontario. But it was on this same lake where tragedy struck the duo as they pursued their other love – iceboating.

On December 19, Molly’s iceboat went through the ice around 3:30pm, and when Harri tried to pull her out, they both became trapped in the frigid waters. The incident occurred approximately 200 feet from shore, and once rescued and rushed to local hospital, the 62-year-old woman died while her husband is now in a life-threatening coma.

Guelph Lake was home to Canada’s largest Snipe Fleet, in part due to the hard work by Molly and Harri. Beyond their sailing skills, their energy was equally brilliant onshore. Both skilled musicians, Molly was a pioneer as a female bass player, favoring punk and rock music.

Guelph councillor and musician James Gordon knew Kurvink for close to 40 years as bandmates in Tamarack. “She was a very dynamic performer and seemed to bring always a lot of spirit to a performance. She was known as someone who lived life large. When Molly was around, there was always a sense of fun and a sense of play that she brought to whatever she did.”

Prayers for Harri and our greatest condolences for Molly and everyone she touched.

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