Vancouver Sun Article


Tommy Wolski in October 2019 at Hastings Park Racecourse. (Photo Credit: Facebook/PNG)

B.C. horse-racing figure Tom Wolski died in Florida on Monday after having a massive heart attack. He is believed to have been in his late 70s.

“Tommy didn’t have a mean bone in his body,” said former B.C. attorney general Wally Oppal, who was a longtime friend. “He was a guy everybody instantly loved because of his effervescent personality. We spent a lot of time together at Puccini’s Italian Restaurant on Main Street back in the day when it was a meeting place for media and sports personalities. Everyone gravitated to him.”

That’s the theme that runs through the hundreds of photos Wolski posted on his Facebook account. He knew people, and they liked him.

He is seen front-and-centre with Gordie Howe, John Candy (Wolski did some acting), Gene Kiniski, Oppal, Neil Macrae, Pat Quinn and the B.C. Lions, among other well-known characters.

Wolski was born in Boston and parlayed his accented “horse” into “hoss” for his Hoss Talk column that ran in The Province from 1995 to 2015.

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