Ottawa sports legend Howard Darwin dies

Local sports legend Howard Darwin founded both the Ottawa 67's and the Ottawa Lynx. Ottawa Sun file...

Local sports legend Howard Darwin founded both the Ottawa 67's and the Ottawa Lynx. Ottawa Sun file photo

DON BRENNAN, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

The Ottawa sports community has lost one of its pillars.

Howard Darwin, the founding father of both the 67s junior hockey team and the now-defunct Lynx baseball franchise, passed away early Thursday morning at the Civic Hospital Heart Institute of complications from a surgery last month.

He was 78.

Darwin, a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, was also a one-time boxing and wrestling promoter. Known by his many friends as a great guy, he was the owner of a jewellery store in Westboro, and previously owned the OHLs London Knights.


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