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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    The Passing of a President

    BCWF President Chuck Zuckerman passes away

    The B.C. Wildlife Federation is saddened to report that President Chuck Zuckerman passed away suddenly last week at the age of 73.
    A BCWF member since 1977, Chuck was just weeks away from closing out a two-year term as President and had previously served as the Federation’s Vice President, President of the Lower Mainland Region, and the Chair of the Recreational Shooting Sports Committee. Chuck served as the President of the POCO Hunting and Fishing Club for 13 years and spent more than 40 years actively supporting conservation.
    He conveyed his goals succinctly: “Put more animals on the landscape, more fish in the waters, and more birds in the sky.”
    He was an avid hunter and firearms safety specialist. Chuck was an instructor at Simon Fraser University and developed safety training programs in his forty years as a longshore worker. He also taught prerequisite courses for the firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) and the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program for new hunters.
    Chuck has been hunting since he was 10 years old and has passed down this way of life to his children, grandchildren, and generations of British Columbians.
    He will be remembered fondly by the Federation’s executives, members, and staff.
    “Chuck always had a story to tell from his life experiences which included growing up in the Bronx, which was a concrete jungle, then moving out to British Columbia,” said BCWF Executive Director Jesse Zeman. “He was an avid reader and history enthusiast. His knowledge of the BCWF’s history, bylaws and constitution was unmatched as was his passion for the BCWF, and British Columbia’s fish and wildlife.”
    “Chuck was a man of integrity who believed in the Federation and what it stood for,” said BCWF Vice-President David Lewis. “He led by example, he was a great teacher, a mentor and a friend to many. He was never at a loss for words and loved to share a story or two.”
    “Chuck was one of the most dedicated individuals to our cause that I have met over the years,” said BCWF Vice-President Mark McDonald. “He will be missed by all and may his hard work, dedication and legacy leave a long-lasting impact.”
    In his final statement as President, Chuck reflected on his accomplishments and voiced real optimism for the future.
    “As my term ends, I look back on my work with pride,” he wrote. “I participated in over 40 webinars, attended more than 170 meetings, and met with 65 MLAs, MPs, and government officials. I presented to the Provincial Standing Committee for the Budget, to the Provincial Firearms Safety Legislative Committee, and to the Provincial and Federal Outdoors and Firearms Caucuses. I flew to Ottawa represent the BCWF to the Canadian Wildlife Federation and organized national opposition to amendments to Bill C-21. I met with MLAs and MPs of all parties concerning budgets, resource management, and firearms.”
    “The Executive, Board of Directions, Regional Presidents, and Committee Chairs of the B.C. Wildlife Federation are working every day to ensure that our members, our families, our friends, and future generations can continue to enjoy the outdoors, and eat wild, sustainable food. I call upon you, our members, to continue to raise your voices for conservation.”

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2014

    Re: The Passing of a President

    Chuck preceded me as president (not directly) at Port Coquitlam and District Hunting and Fishing Club where he served many years as president. Even though our interests were not the same he was always a gentleman in person and I admired his way of speaking. I chatted with him at AGM in February and he looked well. I would have given him more time if I had known it was the last time I would speak with him.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Port Alberni

    Unhappy Re: The Passing of a President

    Deeply saddened to hear this news.

    He was a Real Trooper.

    RIP Chuck - you will be missed...


    Egotistical, Self Centered, Son of a Bitch Killer that Doesn't Play Well With Others.

    Guess he got to Know me

  5. #4
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    Mar 2013
    Surrey, BC

    Re: The Passing of a President

    Sad to hear.
    RIP Chuck!
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    2. Government burden and overreach

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2020

    Re: The Passing of a President

    A Great Mentor and Role model for our Fish and Wildlife, and the recreational activities that surround it.
    Thanks CZ for all you've represented. RIP

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2004

    Re: The Passing of a President

    Back in the day when Chuck was the president of the poco club I gave him a Black badge course (look it up) he was a great student lots of questions, but when it was over he kept me for hours with his hunting stories then paid me with canned salmon I won that one. Our paths crossed many times in the following years I will miss his stories and that great big smile. R.I.P.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    forbidden zone

    Re: The Passing of a President

    He taught my core course,nice guy. RIP

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Pemberton BC

    Re: The Passing of a President

    Very sad, all the best to his family
    Knowledgeable shooters agree- The 375 Ruger is the NEW KING of all 375 caliber cartridges. ALL HAIL THE NEW KING!

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Region 2

    Re: The Passing of a President

    That is sad to hear. I wouldn't say we were friends but I met him on several occasions and listened to him talk on several topics; mostly firearms and legislation. He was truly a voice for all outdoors people and firearm enthusiasts. He will be missed by many, myself included.
    I don't shoot innocent animals... Just the ones that look guilty!

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Re: The Passing of a President

    RIP Chuck ! He was a Good Person - My CONDOLENCES to All the Family . RJ

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