It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Brian Chatland, a revered and respected figure in Ontario and Canada’s rugby community, who spent decades sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport of rugby across this province and nation.
Late yesterday evening, Brian lost his battle with cancer, passing away peacefully in his Markham, Ontario home, surrounded by his loved ones.
Brian will be missed by all of Ontario’s rugby community, as his love for the game – and specifically, rugby refereeing – was felt by rugby players, coaches, and fellow referees across the province and nation.
Within our rugby community, Brian will be remembered for the countless hours he dedicated to furthering rugby refereeing at the provincial, national, and international levels.
Notably, Brian was appointed to two Women's Nations Cups in Canada as a Referee Performance Reviewer, providing feedback to the international referees participating in the tournament, and was also the Referee Liaison Officer at a number of international matches in the Toronto area, ensuring transportation and logistical needs of international referees visiting our country.
Having spent ten years on the Ontario Rugby Referees Society Panel, and seven years on Rugby Canada's National Referee Panel, Brian was regarded as one of the most reliable sources of referee talent identification for elite level refereeing in the country.
For all of his accomplishments, Brian was inducted as member of the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame in 2008.
Visitation and funeral arrangements are being finalized, and will be posted as soon as they are made available.
In the meantime, the Chatland family has requested privacy during this difficult time.
We would like to extend our sympathies to Brian’s family and friends, as well as Ontario and Canada’s rugby referee community.
Brian will never be forgotten.