Pioneer founder Murray Hogarth passes away

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

He’s being remembered as a “special man.”

Murray Hogarth, the founder of Pioneer Energy, has died.

His son Tim announced the news in an email to friends, saying he passed away yesterday.

Hogarth was in his mid 80s.

The native of Napanee opened his first station on Upper James, just south of Mohawk Road, in 1956, and turned it into an empire that now includes 140 locations, the largest private independent gas station operator in Ontario.

Hogarth is also being remembered as a generous philanthropist, who contributed to the CHML Children’s Fund, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton.

He is survived by his wife Diana, sons Gregory, Tim, Geoffrey, Christopher and Peter and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

(Hamilton Spectator)

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