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A well-known South River man who mentored troubled teens is dead
following a collision Thursday involving a transport and SUV on Highway
11, north of Burk's Falls.
Dusan Nedelko, 39, died in the crash between Pevensey Road and South Bernard Lake Road, at about 4 a.m., closing the highway for more
than eight hours while Ontario Provincial Police investigated.
Martin Parker, a friend of Nedelko, said he was known in South River as the "Disc Man."
Parker said Nedelko estabished the Disc Golf Course in Tom Thomson Park along the river in South River.
"Disc golf was his passion and he introduced many to this new sport, both young and old," said Parker, noting Nedelko operated disc
golf events in the community, including the annual Ice Bowl Disc Golf
Tournament, part of the South River Lions Club Winterfest in
"The proceeds were donated to the Good Happening Food Bank in South River and over the years he has raised hundreds of pounds of food
and hundreds of dollars for the food bank," said Parker.
He said Nedelko had a great love of nature and the outdoors. Parker said he led many wilderness trips into Algongiun Provincial Park
during all seasons of the year."His presentations of the Eastern Wolf of Algonquin Park were memorable," said Parker. Nedelko, who was married to Kara Mitchell, worked full-time for
Wendigo Lake Expeditions Inc. which operates Project Dare, a youth
justice therapeutic adventure program, between 2004 and 2009. Last year
he became a part-time worker.
Andrew Torrance, supervisor for the program, said Nedelko was a skilled outdoorsman and mentor for the teen boys involved in the Dare program.
It is with heartfelt sadness that I forward to you the following message which was sent to PDGA headquarters and the DiscGolfer magazine earlier today.
I regret to inform you that last night 39 year old Dusan Nedelko #21368 was killed in a car accident near Burks Falls
Ontario, about 140 miles north of Toronto. Dusan was the disc golf leader in
what we call cottage country and one of the disc sports instructors in ODSAs
(Ontario Disc Sports Assoc) schools program. He developed the Algonquin Disc
Golf course at South River, and was the lead resource person for several other
course installations. Last year he TDed the Muckin' Around the Bay, Black Fly
Fling, and Algonquin Fall Classic PDGA Tour events. He was one of Canada’s
true disc golf heroes and will really be missed.
PDGA Canada will be honoured to contribute to the salute to Dusan and his memory. We can sponsor an event in his name or whatever form you determine the tribute will take.
PDGA International Director
There is going to be a trust fund set up in his name to help encourage youth in northern communities through outdoor activities. When more is known about this I will post it.
You can read more about Dusan's Fund here