Photo: Lou sporting CanMas medals after races 1989 in Montreal
Lajos Toth April 1st 1931 - April 6th 2022
Lou Toth passed away in April in Acapulco aged 91 years, a victim of a hit and run by a taxi while he was cycling.
Lou Toth was born in Budapest; and became a refugee fleeing Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.
In Hungary, he had been a trained hairdresser for women. Having qualified to continue practicing the same in Quebec,
he discovered over time that the products used here irritated his hands; so, he had to choose another line of work, that being a taxi driver.
His Hungarian friend, Mike Snak a strong Hungarian paddler, who also left Hungary at the same time, introduced him to paddling in Montreal.
Lou quickly developed as a paddler at Cartierville and had 3rd and 2nd place finishes in Junior K-2 and Junior K-4 respectively in 1962.
Lou followed a well-known Hungarian coach to Italy where he trained with the Italian team including a C-2 that finished 2nd in the Rome Olympics.
It was here that Lou picked up the name 'Luigi' a name he was known as for many years.
'Luigi' in kayak, no shirt, training in Italy with an Italian Team
Later in 1966 Lou won Junior K-1 in an exciting race at CCA in Ottawa
Luigi being carried after big win in Junior K-1 in Ottawa, 1966
Lou then paddled some at the Lachine Club but then trained mostly at the Olympic Basin up to the age of 90.
Lou was a regular at the annual Lac Notre Dame masters races hosted by Jean and Lou Lukanovich.
Photo: Lou Toth in light blue, smiling in front row, with master paddlers after a regatta in Lac Notre Dame