Hockey

Horton widow dead at 68

Delores (Lori) Horton, the widow of doughnut shop founder and hockey great Tim Horton, has died, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday.

Surrounded by her family, Horton died of a massive coronary shortly after Christmas dinner late Saturday night.

She was 68.

"I think she'll be happy with dad now that she's back with him," said Horton's youngest daughter Traci Simone. "She's wanted that for the past 26 years."

In 1974, Tim Horton, the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman and Hockey Hall of Famer, died after rolling his sports car while speeding near St. Catharines, Ont. He was 44.

A decade earlier Tim Horton has started the doughnut shop that still bears his name in a partnership with Ron Joyce, a former Hamilton police officer.

After her husband's death Lori Horton inherited half of the business.

The frequent highs and long-lasting lows in her life were most recently scrutinized after she sued Joyce to get back half of the doughnut shop company she sold to him in 1975 for $1 million and a Cadillac Eldorado.

She lost the court fight.

The former Ice Capades skater's marriage to Tim Horton was sometimes idyllic, sometimes stormy.

In his 24-year National Hockey League career, he played on four Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leaf teams.

After a series of trades he was playing for the Buffalo Sabres when he was killed in the crash while driving back to Buffalo after a game at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Suddenly a single parent raising four young daughters, Lori Horton suffered emotional trauma while trying to deal with her husband's death.

Later, much of the hockey memorabilia she had treasured was stolen in a robbery and never recovered.