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George Bossy

Full name: George Walter Bossy
Gender: Male
Born: May 21, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: October 29, 2012 in San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Canoeing


At the age of 16 George Bossy left school and served with Canada’s naval arm during World War II. After the conflict he attended McGill University in Montreal for a degree in commerce, where his career as an athlete began to take off. Prior to his collegiate football experience with the McGill Redmen he had been involved in amateur football with the city’s N.D.G. Maple Leafs and Lakeshore Flyers, and he would play one professional Canadian Football League game with the Montreal Alouettes in 1952, the year of his graduation. Despite this, it was canoeing in which he made his mark on the Canadian scene, winning the C1-1000 national championship in 1951 and 1956-1959, capturing the North American Championship in 1958, and appearing at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics. In the former he was eliminated in the opening round after failing to qualify for the final, while in the latter he placed eighth in a field of nine competitors.

Bossy later coached both football and canoeing while pursuing a career in commercial real estate. He was an important player in helping Canadian Tire, one of the country’s most recognizable retail brands, establish itself in the province of Quebec. He moved to the United States in the 1970s and eventually retired to Mexico, where he died in 2012 after a fall in his condo. His nephew Mike Bossy spent nine seasons with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, won four Stanley Cups, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 5 h1 r1/2
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 8

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Canoeing Canada Round One Heat One 5 5:25.8
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Canoeing Canada Final Standings 8 5:39.4
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