In Memoriam: Marty Richards & Joe Jeroski

Longtime PGA of British Columbia members Marty Richards (left) and Joe Jeroski both enjoyed impressive careers as tournament competitors and Club Professionals. (Supplied photos)


DECEMBER 11, 2020

RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) -- The PGA of BC is saddened to share the news that two longtime Association members -- Life Professional Joe Jeroski and Class "A" Professional Marty Richards -- passed away earlier this year. 

Jeroski, whose impressive career included stints working at Marine Drive Golf Club, Langara Golf Course and Fraserview Golf Course, passed away in September at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife Sharon and sons Mike and Brent.

Jeroski won the 1969 PGA of BC Assistants' Championship at The Vancouver Golf Club, the 1968 Western Canadian Assistants' Championship at Calgary's Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, and many other tournament victories among his impressive playing résumé. He was also a two-time member of BC's Willingdon Cup team, including in 1961 when he was runner-up at the BC Amateur Championship. Having first joined the PGA of BC in 1963, Jeroski continued teaching in Richmond into the 1990s and achieved Life Professional status in 1998. 

A celebration of life for Jeroski will be held in Vancouver in Spring 2021. Please email rememberjj@yahoo.com for updates regarding service details. Click here to read a complete obituary published in the Vancouver Sun & Province.

Richards passed away in July at the age of 75. He first joined the Association in 1990 and spent most of his 30 years as a PGA of BC Professional at Glen Meadows Golf Club. He ascended to the hole of Head Professional at the Victoria facility in 2000 and remained in that position for nearly a decade. 

Richards was an accomplished competitor as both an amateur and Professional, racking up more than 30 tournament victories on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. Among his most notable achievements were a pair of North Island Open triumphs, six Glen Meadows club championships and 14 Winspear Cup appearances split between both the amateur and pro squads. 

The PGA of BC extends its deepest sympathies to Jeroski and Richards' families, friends and Professional colleagues.