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Howard Darwin

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Howard Darwin September 10, 1931 – October 22, 2009 was a Canadian businessman and sports team owner Among his businesses, he owned the Ottawa 67's, London Knights and Ottawa Lynx sports franchises

Contents

  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Business career
  • 3 Sports career
  • 4 References

Personal life

He was born and grew up in Ottawa He was one of five children, growing up on Nicholas Street His mother died of cancer when he was six Howard and his little brother, Rupert, ended up raising themselves somewhat Their father was a security guard on shift work who was rarely home Their older sister worked as a live-in maid And Howard’s older brothers, Jack and Percy, left to join in World War II Jack died in battle just months before the war ended By then, Howard was already selling newspapers on Ottawa streets and delivering newspapers to Ottawa military bases In 1954, Darwin married Connie Goudie They raised four children together: Kim, Nancy, Jack and Jeff Darwin died at the Ottawa Civic Hospital at the age of 78 from complications following heart surgery

Business career

Darwin dropped out of high school at age fourteen and sold newspapers for a number of years He then apprenticed as a jeweller and opened a watch repair shop on Nicholas Street In 1955, he moved his store to Wellington Avenue west of Holland Avenue where it operated until 1991 In the 1960s, besides being involved in sports promotion, he started investing in real estate He established Ottawa Cablevision in 1965 purchased by Rogers Cable in 1995, the first cable television provider in Ottawa

Sports career

As a youth, Darwin boxed as an amateur He started refereeing fights and started promoting boxing in the capital He branched out into promoting wrestling and closed-circuit TV boxing The closed-circuit TV business led him into the early years of cable television in Ottawa

In 1967, with four partners, Darwin purchased the franchise for the Ottawa 67s hockey team The club was part of the impetus to build the Ottawa Civic Centre Darwin managed the team and hired Brian Kilrea in 1974 In 1984, the 67's won the Memorial Cup junior championship He sold his share of the 67's in 1998 to current owner Jeff Hunt for $25 million

He bought the London Nationals in 1968, renaming them to the London Knights, also buying the London Gardens arena at the same time He sold his share of the London Knights in 1987 to local businessmen

In 1993, Darwin brought a triple-A baseball team, the Ottawa Lynx, to Ottawa after having lobbied for the construction of the Lynx Stadium The club won the International League championship in 1995 Darwin sold the club in 2000 for $7 million to Ray Pecor He had purchased it in 1993 for $5 million The team eventually moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2008

Three years after his death, the Merivale Centennial Arena in Ottawa was renamed the Howard Darwin Centennial Arena

References

  1. ^ http://ottawa67scom/howard-darwin-1931-2009
  2. ^ a b Scanlan, Wayne October 23, 2009 "Howard Darwin, 1931–2009: Sports community loses a champion" Ottawa Citizen Archived from the original on October 24, 2009 Retrieved 2009-10-23 
  3. ^ http://wwwottawacitizencom/Howard+Darwin/2132551/storyhtml
  4. ^ a b c "Ottawa '67s hockey founder Howard Darwin dies" CBC News October 22, 2009 Retrieved 2009-10-23 
  5. ^ http://ottawacitizencom/news/local-news/egan-tough-childhood-wild-career-howard-darwin-and-old-ottawa-bones
  6. ^ http://wwwlegacycom/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituaryaspxpid=134841274
  7. ^ http://ottawa67scom/howard-darwin-1931-2009
  8. ^ Sher, Johnathan October 23, 2009 "Howard Darwin founded Knights" London Free Press Retrieved 2009-10-23 
  9. ^ http://keitheglica/city-names-arena-in-honour-of-howard-Darwin

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