Iconic pigeon fancier Sylvère Toye has passed away

Belgium has lost another iconic pigeon fancier. Two days ago, on 26th of September the West-Flemish Sylvère Toye passed away. He was a highly renowned fancier with many ace pigeon titles and prestigious victories on his palmares, making him one of Belgium's great champions.

High expectations

Sylvère Toye, who worked as a butcher, had always been passionate about pigeon racing. The long distance and extreme long distance fancier was considered to be a very promising player already in the 1970s, as he dominated the competition in Kortrijk and in the province of West-Flanders as a whole. He did meet the expectations in the years to come, winning several prestigious titles and races: 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance, 1st International Pau, 1st National Limoges, 2nd National Champion Long Distance, 2nd and 5th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance, 3rd National Champion Long Distance, 3rd National Narbonne and 3rd National La Souterraine. It was an exceptional decade for him, on the back of his Tarzan, Dikkop and Peter Pau dynasties. Sylvère continued to deliver in the 1990s, winning the title of 1st International Ace Pigeon ZLU twice, as well as a 1st National La Souterraine, a 1st National Bourges Hens, a 2nd National Argenton, a 2nd National Perigieux, a 3rd National Bourges Hens, a 3rd and 6th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance, and numerous other top prizes. The years 2000 were a great success as well, with several provincial first prizes and ace pigeon titles, as well as a 1st Ace Pigeon Belgian Master and a 2nd National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance. Sylvère Toye has been a top level player for four consecutive decades.

Health problems

After the turn of the century Sylvère started to develop health problems. He was forced to spend less time in the pigeon loft, although he continued to excel at national level, as his pigeons achieved great results in the lofts of other fanciers, including Etienne Devos, Jozef Planckaert and Kurt & Raf Platteeuw. In recent years Sylvère stayed involved in the sport mainly through his grandson Pierre De Waele, who had joined his grandfather on numerous visits when he was a kid. The 26th of September marks the sudden end of the Sylvère Toye era, although we are confident his name will continue to live in the pedigrees of numerous talented racing birds.

The obituary of Sylvère Toye.

The entire PIPA team wishes the family and friends of Sylvère Toye strength in these difficult times.

Sylvère Toye in 2013