The following year Ms. Heddle and Ms. McBean were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday night, Ms. McBean wrote on Twitter about the death of her rowing partner, calling Ms. Heddle the “Greatest of All Time.”
“I am crushed and without words today at this loss,” she added.
In the statement from Rowing Canada Aviron, Ms. Heddle’s family said, “A country and a sport got to know and understand her resolve.”
Kathleen Joan Heddle was born on Nov. 27, 1965, in Trail, British Columbia, about 400 miles east of Vancouver. When Kathleen was 8 months old, her parents, Duncan, a mining engineer, and the former Marilyn Buchanan, a registered dietitian and homemaker, moved the family to Kitsilano, a neighborhood in Vancouver that abuts the English Bay. The family also included two other daughters, Libby and Peggy, and a son, Murray.
Ms. Heddle remained in Vancouver, settling in the nearby neighborhood of Kerrisdale with her husband, Mike Bryden, whom she married in October 2000. They have two teenage children, Lyndsey (a student at the University of British Columbia and a member of the rowing team) and Mac.
In addition to her husband and children, Ms. Heddle is survived by her sisters, Libby Heddle and Peggy Neal.