TORONTO, March 10, 2012 /CNW/ - I was saddened to learn today of the passing of a great Canadian, Herbert H. Carnegie.
To those who knew him, and to the many thousands of youngsters whose lives he touched, Herb Carnegie was a hero. As a young hockey player in the 1940s and 1950s, he was a prodigious talent. But he was prevented by the racism of that time from taking his rightful place in the National Hockey League.
He refused to give in to bitterness, however, moving on with his life as a loving family man, a notable business success, and a champion golfer, winning several provincial and national senior championships. He also founded Future Aces Hockey School, one of the first such schools in Canada. Its success led him to develop the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation.
Since 1978, the Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to young people who display the same qualities of leadership, service, and courage that characterized Herb Carnegie's own approach to life.
As The Queen's representative in Ontario and on behalf of all Ontarians, I offer my sincere condolences to Herb's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I am very glad that, in 2009, I had the pleasure of joining Herb's family and some of his many friends to celebrate his 90th birthday.
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