Carnegie funeral to be private
TOM GODFREY, QMI Agency
|Black hockey legend Herb Carnegie (left), seen here with future NHLer Anthony Stewart, died Friday at the age of 92. (QMI Agency/Files)
TORONTO - A private funeral service is set for Friday to pay final respects to trailblazer Herb Carnegie, who black community members say was held back from breaking the NHL colour barrier decades ago.
Carnegie, who is survived by four children, died last Friday at a Toronto hospital. He was 92.
Family members said a viewing will take place on Thursday at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, at 6150 Yonge St., just south of Steeles Ave., from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.
A celebration of Herb Carnegie’s life will take place Friday, at Earl Haig Collegiate, 100 Princess Ave., in North York.
His funeral service will be private, family members said.
Carnegie played with several semi-professional teams in Quebec and was scouted by Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe, who offered “$10,000 to anyone who could make Carnegie white.”
Carnegie turned down playing for the New York Rangers because they refused to pay him same amount as other rookies.
Carnegie became a successful insurance executive after hockey and founded Future Aces Foundation, that has awarded $500,000 to needy students.
Family members said donations can be made to Future Aces Foundation (futureaces.org)