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Earle Murphy (1927 – 2014)

Our sport has lost a long time competitor, great supporter and a dear friend. Earle Murphy died on August 15 at age 87. Earle jumped for at least 50 years and supported the sport in many ways. In 1990, he co-founded the International Masters Championships.

We will post more details as we get them.

Bill Chenard of Rumford (1956 – 2012)

Provided by Dan “Mouse” Warner

Bill Chenard was a good Nordic Combined skier who grew up in Rumford, Maine. Bill was Jr National NC champion in 1972, New England High School Champion 1973, many times High School Champion in Maine in XC, great all around skier!

After high school, Bill spent a short time on the US NC Ski Team and then returned to New Hampshire to build the XC courses at the Balsams in upper NH. He then moved to Sugarloaf and developed the trail system at Carrabasset Valley Touring Center in Maine. Bill also worked as a 911 operator at Sugarloaf for many years and was the food service manager at UM Farmington until he passed. Married and a father of two, Bill had a cross country trail that wound around his property in Salem ME.

In Bill’s honor the Mt. Abram High School Opener, one of the biggest XC races in ME, will be named after Bill for his long time dedication to XC skiing in the Sugarloaf area. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Bill’s memory can send it to the Chisholm Ski Club, PO Box 616, Rumford Me 04276

Bill Appleyard of Salisbury (1933-2012)

We have received the sad news of the death on Feb 11, 2012, of long time Salisbury supporter Bill Appleyard.

Bill had retired a few years ago from his position as chief publicity man for SWSA and had recently moved to Chatham Mass on Cape Cod where he could fish, watch birds, and do other things he had always loved. Bill’s obituary says that he had been a SWSA member and volunteer for 35 years, and we know that for many of those years, he was the one who got out the press releases that led to articles in the Hartford Courant and other newspapers, which brought the people into the gate on the second weekend in February, year after year. Bill was a refined gentleman, warm and outgoing, always with a smile to give or lend. He came to be a great friend to many who came through Salisbury one weekend every year.

His obituary can be read here: William E. Appleyard

Phil Dunham (1923 – 2011)

Phil Dunham

Phil Dunham

We have received the sad news of the death on Nov 10, 2011, of long time jumper and honored Brattleboro VT resident, Phil Dunham.

Born July 5, 1923, Phil did his best jumping in the Veterans Class (age 32 and up), winning the Eastern Vets crown 9 times and becoming National Champion in 1961. Phil competed until age 60 and continued to take a few jumps on the small hill in Memorial Park well after that. He was inducted into the Masters Ski Jumpers Hall of Fame in 1990.

Phil was a public spirited citizen, serving several terms as president of the Brattleboro Outing Club. In addition, he involved himself in many other community service activities.

Read Phil’s Obituary or read a longer memorial article, both in the Brattleboro Reformer.

Carolyn Decker (1947 – 2011)

Carolyn Decker died on the morning of September 5, 2011 after a battle with a rare cancer.

Carolyn was the mother of ski jumper Chris Decker and when Chris committed to ski jumping, the family moved from New Jersey to the North Country, where Carolyn quietly did many things in support of the sport. In anticipation of the 2002 Olympics, the Deckers established a home in Park City where for several years after the games, they generously welcomed Eastern jumpers training or competing at the Olympic facility.

Larry Stone, Eastern Coach during the Decker years, emphasizes how generous Carolyn and husband Bill were to our ski jumping program and how Carolyn, like Marianne Fairall, imbued all of us with her positive and cheerful attitude towards life and sport. She carried this amazing spirit right through to the end and kept smiling right through the struggle with her illness. Their generosity gave the Eastern teams of those years a base of operations in Park City which was a great advantage for us and allowed parents and ski jumpers a little leeway in a sport which can cost a great deal to pursue on a national level.

Condolences can be sent to The William Decker family, 24 Nordic Way, Saranac Lake , NY 12983. Friends wishing to remember Carolyn may make memorial contributions to Ocular Melanoma Foundation in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.

There will be a celebration of her life Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Lake Placid Lodge. All are welcome.

David Edlund Dies Suddenly in St Paul (1960 – 2011)

We have received the shocking news of the sudden, unexpected death on July 18, 2011 of Dave Edlund, jumper, father of three jumpers, coach and supporter of the sport.

Born July 6, 1960, Dave continued his jumping well into Masters age, competing in two International Masters Championships (IMC) and several National Masters Age Group Championships. He finally quit his own jumping to support his son Davey who developed into a fine ski jumper. Two more talented sons followed in the sport.

Oddvar Ask (1925 – 2010)

Old time Nordic Combined skier Oddvar Ask (Odin Ski Club) passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at age 84.

Born in Norway on August 22, 1925, Oddvar came to the U.S. in the early sixties and skied with us at Bear Mountain, Salisbury, Rumford, Lake Placid, Old Forge, Brattleboro, Berlin etc. He was a kind, mild mannered gentleman and a friend to all. He was pre-deceased by his wife Inge in 2008, and is survived by three daughters (Lilian, Ann-Karina and Margaret). No further information is available at this time.