Tom Wolski, the longtime face of horse racing in British Columbia, has died after struggling a center assault whilst travelling to consult with circle of relatives in Florida, in keeping with pals and co-workers.
He was once believed to be in his overdue 70s.
Wolski, who spent greater than 3 many years racing and driving horses, was once one of the vital very best recognized jockeys within the province, with no less than 500 wins to his identify.
He began driving as an adolescent and moved to Vancouver within the early 1970s to pursue the game. He went directly to make widespread appearances on the Hastings Park Racecourse over the many years.
“Everyone knew him,” stated his colleague Greg Douglas, media family members with Hastings Park Racecourse. “He was once an actual persona.”
“I will’t call to mind an individual who’s extra common and extra revered within the recreation than Tommy Wolski. He liked the game and the game liked him.”
After Wolski’s retirement from the game, he grew to become to the media trade after his retirement and ran his personal TV and radio displays, in addition to writing a racing column in The Province for a few years.
In addition to profitable awards for his journalism, he was once inducted into each the B.C. Horse Racing Corridor of Reputation and the Canadian Thoroughbred Society Corridor of Reputation.
He was once smartly liked and recognized locally outdoor of racing, says former B.C. lawyer basic Wally Oppal, who was once an established pal.
“He was once one of the vital folks that you just right away favored,” stated Oppal.
“He was once an excessively considerate, worrying individual and he had a big profile round the city.”
Wolski would all the time forestall to talk with somebody, Oppal stated, and was once recognized for making pals with any one and everybody — from kids within the neighbourhood to high-profile athletes and celebrities like Pat Quinn, Gordie Howe, John Sweet and Gene Kiniski, as his many footage on Fb attest.
“His loss is a huge one for our group,” stated Oppal.
Wolski, a twin American-Canadian citizen, was once born in Massachusetts — however precisely when isn’t transparent to his pals.
“He all the time hid his age, he by no means would inform any one,” Douglas stated.
“The data do not display his date of beginning however we suspect he was once in his overdue 70s.”
Wolski was once en path to visiting his sister and cousin in Florida when he changed into in poor health at the flight, in keeping with Douglas. He went immediately to the medical institution after touchdown and was once recognized with a center assault.
Douglas stated he underwent surgical procedure and died in medical institution in Naples, Fla., on Monday morning.