Former world junior curling champion dies in N.B.

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Former world junior curling champion Jim Sullivan died unexpectedly in Fredericton, N.B., Saturday. He was 43.

Sullivan, a married father of two, was a renowned curler.

He skipped a rink which captured the 1987 New Brunswick and Canadian junior men’s curling championships and the 1988 world junior men’s championship.

In 1990, Sullivan and his team were the silver medalists at the Labatt Brier.

The team was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Sullivan, who worked as a technical support analyst with Genesys Canada, died at his parents’ home. The cause of death has not been released.

Summerside’s Paul Power, coach of the 2001 world junior champion Suzanne Birt-skipped rink from Summerside, played lead for Sullivan at the 1990 Brier and played with the team for two years.

“After I finished my junior curling career on P.E.I., I went to New Brunswick to become part of the Sullivan team,” said Power. 

“It’s a sad day for curling.”

Power noted that Sullivan moved to Charlottetown a few years later and the two “reunited for one year” as members of the same curling team.

Organizations: Labatt Brier, Genesys Canada

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Summerside, Fredericton Charlottetown

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