It is with great regret that we pass along the news that Kathy Dyer passed away.



It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Kathryn Anne (Kathy) Dyer, who departed on her final voyage on December 13, 2021.

Kathy is survived by her sister Nancy (Rudi), stepdaughter Lindsey (Todd), grandchildren Tegan, Owen, Emmett, and Noam, her nephews, and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Colin Jacobs, her parents Joe and Marny Dyer of Scarborough, and her stepdaughter Tracey.

Kathy was well-known and respected in the international sailing community for her years of service on racing committees and juries, and was recognized as an International Judge in the racing world. Residing in Hamilton, she was active for decades with the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and was significant as a mentor and an instructor to many, especially women, following in her footsteps.

We will all miss Kathy deeply but look forward to catching up with her at the next anchorage. We would especially like to thank Dr. Jordan Lafranier, resident Emily, and the staff of St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton, for the loving and compassionate care that Kathy received in her last days. Special thanks also to her devoted friends Bonnie and Christa for their unwavering support and help over many years.


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Published in Torstar on Dec. 18, 2021.

Notice from Sail Canada:

It is with great sadness that Sail Canada and Ontario Sailing have learned of the passing of International judge, National Umpire and mentor to many officials across the country Kathy Dyer. Kathy passed this morning December 13, after a short illness.

Our sincere sympathies to her family. She will be greatly missed in the sailing community.


Notice from Ontario Sailing:

What makes our sailing community is the people we meet and are fortunate enough to work alongside with as volunteers. Ontario Sailing is saddened to hear that fellow friend, umpire and judge Kathy Dyer passed away peacefully this morning, December 13, 2021.

Kathy was an International Judge, National Umpire and mentor to many. Always with a smile, giggle or funny anecdote to tell, she will be greatly missed in the sailing community.

Fair winds Kathy.

Friends will gather at 7PM Tuesday, December 14th

Fisher’s Pier 4 Pub

554 James Street North

Hamilton, Ontario