Jim McAuley, a well-known Sault Ste. Marie businessman, real-estate developer, philanthropist, volunteer and one of the men who helped spearhead the Soo Greyhounds entrance into the Ontario Hockey Association in 1972, died Saturday.
McAuley, who served as Hounds president for nearly 20 years in the 1970s and 1980s, had celebrated his 84th birthday – in good health – early last week.
The following day he entered hospital with stomach issues.
Tim Lukenda, the Greyhounds present-day president, spoke of the respect he had for McAuley, while offering condolences to family and friends.
“Jim made a significant contribution to the Soo Greyhounds franchise in our early years,” Lukenda added. “He was a great man who was always a strong advocate for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.”
During his time with the Hounds ownership group, McAuley also served on both the Ontario Hockey League’s board of governors and the league’s executive council.