Sport Manitoba (https://www.sportmanitoba.ca/table-tennis-legend-passes-away/)

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has learned that Art Werier passed away on August  21, 2020 at the age of 82.

Our only inducted member to date from the sport of Table Tennis, Werier was inducted in 2013 as an Athlete/Builder in the sport he dedicated his life towards.

In addition to decades devoted to his chosen sport, Werier was a former Chair of the Manitoba Sports Federation (predecessor to Sport Manitoba) and a huge Blue Bomber fan and long-time CFL season ticket holder.

Here is a short message from Adham Sharara, President of Table Tennis Canada

“I have very fond memories of Art Werier, he was a “raconteur par excellence” and a man who lived life to the fullest. He was a long-time Vice president of the Canadian Table Tennis Association (now TTCAN) as well as a member of the ITTF‘s Management Committee in the early 1970s as the North American representative. 

I had the privilege to meet Art when I was a player representing Quebec at the national championships. I also attended many meetings with him at the national level, and was privileged to be driven in his 5-speed sports car. In the 1970s to have a 5-speed sports car was unique and very special.

I also had the honour to travel with Art internationally and even shared a hotel room with him on several occasions. I did not learn how to have a better forehand from Art, however, I did learn a lot about national and international diplomacy as well as the ins and outs of running a provincial or national table tennis association. He also taught me the rhumba, but that is another matter.

Mariann joins me to send our deepest heart-felt condolences to Art’s family, and I know that Art will always remain with us as long as we keep him alive in our minds.”

Our condolences to his family and to the Table Tennis community in general.