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"Canadian Hall of Fame Member" Chuck Rathgeb Dies - June 24, 2005

1921 - June 24, 2005
Charles (Chuck) Rathgeb
(Photo; public.fotki.com)
Born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.
Moving to Toronto at an early age, he was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. After leaving Upper Canada, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police serving in Western Canada. Transferring to the Royal Canadian Navy he was a decorated officer, serving in the North Atlantic, Norwegian Sea, the Bay of Biscay and the invasion of Europe. Following the war, Chuck joined his father as proprietor of Comstock International Ltd. for over forty years in the field of mechanical and electrical construction with major undertakings across Canada, the United States and around the globe. He was a director of many major corporations both here and abroad and was associated closely with various charitable organizations.

Chuck's big avocation was sports. He was at various times a Canadian member of the Commonwealth Cricket Team, a mountain climber (Canadian Rockies and Alps), a big game hunter (earning the Explorers' Club 'gold bracelet for big six' animals), member of the Canadian Marlin and Tuna Teams, 'Offshore' Power Boat Racer (Miami-Nassau, London-Monte Carlo), Cresta Rider and World Cup Bobsledder, as Manager of The Gold Medal Canadian Olympic Bob-Sled Team, Innsbruck, Austria - 1964.

He also found time to run a small but successful thoroughbred horse-racing stable. In the air, Chuck was an accomplished gas and hot air balloonist (Trans Canada, Trans Alpine), a glider pilot and a jet pilot, setting a World record Atlantic crossing in a Canadian CL41 jet. But the sport he enjoyed most was golf! In a different vein, he produced a Broadway play 'Staircase', a major film 'Fahrenheit 451' and he also did a brief, if memorable stint, as a rock promoter, staging a 'Doors' concert.

For many years, he ran the Comstock Ford Auto Racing Team, competing on major tracks in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and major rallies in Canada, Asia and Europe. Comstock Racing gave many promising Canadian drivers a chance to compete and win. A true sportsman who has competed in many of the world’s toughest rallies, Chuck Rathgeb also financed the building of the Comstock-Sadlers, which helped to put Canada on the racing map.

June 24, 2005, Chuck Rathgeb, passed away peacefully at home in Toronto at the age of 83.

He was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1993.
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