Belleville’s Mr. Hockey, Floyd Crawford got one last standing ovation on Wednesday morning.
A small crowd including some donning Belleville minor hockey jerseys gathered outside the Memorial Arena to pay their last respects to the man who put the city on the map.
Crawford passed away on Saturday at the age of 89.
He was the captain of the Belleville McFarlands, a team which made history winning the 1958 senior A Allan Cup before becoming world champions in 1959.
A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, which was filled with family, friends and those wishing to pay their respects to Crawford.
He was the father of nine children; Susan, Peter, Michael, Bobby, Marc, Louis, Danielle, Todd and Eric. Three of his sons, Bobby, Marc and Louis, followed in his footsteps and played high level hockey making it to the NHL.
Crawford was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.