Name: Hartland de Montarville MOLSON
Birth: 29 MAY 1907 in Montreal, Quebec
Death: 28 SEP 2002
Burial: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec
Reference Number: 90364
Canadian Senator 1955-1993
(the following is from the Canadian Press Oct-2002)
Businessman, former senator and Montreal Canadiens president Hartland de Montarville Molson has died at 95.
Born in Montreal in 1907 into the city's brewing dynasty, Molson was president of the National Hockey League club and the Canadian Arena Co. from 1957 to 1968.
Molson and his brother, Tom, purchased the team from Donat Raymond. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.
Molson served as a director of the family brewing concern for more than 50 years and held a number of positions, including president, chairman and honorary chairman until 1983. He retired from the board in 1988.
Company president Daniel J. O'Neill said in a statement Monday that Molson "gave the Montreal Canadiens a Molson face" by establishing a sponsorship agreement with Hockey Night in Canada.
Even as he presided over the brewery's incredible growth, Molson was perhaps best known for his love of hockey. He played for Kingston in the 1926 Memorial Cup and was instrumental in signing Jean Beliveau to the Canadiens in 1953.
Beliveau praised Molson for giving him an opportunity to play for the storied franchise and later to work for the brewery.
"I reached my professional hockey dreams with his team and earned what I like to call a Molson MBA during my 49 years with the company," Beliveau said in a statement. "I will always be grateful for this and will miss him dearly."
Former hockey writer Red Fisher said money was no object to Molson getting the best players for the storied franchise.
"I can't think of any owner of a hockey team who was quite as passionate about his team as the senator was," Fisher said. "He wanted to win like no other Canadiens owner I've known."
Molson was appointed to the senate by former prime minister Louis St-Laurent in 1955 and he served in the Upper House for 38 years until the age of 86. The normal retirement age for senators is 75 but Molson was appointed before the rule was put in place.
He insisted on sitting as an independent, not only because it suited his temperament but to preclude conflicts of interest over his family's beer business.
Perhaps Molson's most memorable Senate speech was delivered shortly after the Parti Quebecois was elected to government in 1976.
"I am Quebecois," he proclaimed. "I am in complete sympathy with the object of preserving the French culture and language and that French should be the prime language throughout Quebec . . . I pray that we Quebecois may find a way to solve our problems in a spirit of goodwill and to live together in harmony, without burning down our home."
Among his many honours were the Order of the British Empire, the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec.
Before his career in business and sports, Molson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 as momentum was building toward the Second World War and he was wounded during in the Battle of Britain while serving with the No. 1 Fighter Squadron. He ended the war with the rank of group captain.
Molson was married three times. His first marriage to actor Helen Hogg in 1934 ended in divorce four years later. Shortly thereafter he married Hungarian emigre Magdalena (Magda) Posner, who died in 1982. Eight years later, at age 83, he married Margaret de Lancey Meighen, who died in December 2000.
He had one child, daughter Zoe Anne from his first marriage.
The Canadian Press
Father: Herbert MOLSON b: 29 MAY 1875 in Prince of Wales Terrace, Montreal, Quebec
Mother: Elizabeth Zoe PENTLAND b: ABT. 1880
Helen K S HOGG b: ABT. 1910
- Marriage fact:
- Marriage Ending Status: Divorce
- Living MOLSON
Maria Magdalena POSNER b: ABT. 1910 in Hungary
Margaret de Lancey MEIGHEN