River community mourns local “go-fast” boat icon Gregg Rosen

Published: Sep. 2, 2023 at 8:36 PM EDT
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BROCKVILLE, Ontario (WWNY) - A man who was integral in starting the 1000 Islands International Charity Poker Run in Clayton has died following a boating accident.

According to Poker Run President Bobby Cantwell, 64-year-old Gregg Rosen and another person were out on the St. Lawrence River in Canadian Waters near Brockville when their boat flipped.

According to the Brockville Recorder and Times, the two hit a wave and the boat cartwheeled, landing upside down.

Rosen died in the crash. The second person was taken to the hospital.

Cantwell says Rosen was a Canadian resident who owned property on Wellesley Island. He says Rosen was one of the biggest contributors to the Poker Run every year and will be missed by many on both sides of the river.

“I can sum it up and say there is not enough Gregg Rosens on this Earth. Straight up. Not only as a friend, you can use the word patriarch, right as far as you know the go-fast boating world,” said Cantwell.

Cantwell says Rosen was always a giving person and never asked for anything in return.