Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 02, 2002

Hartland de Montarville Molson, 95, former head of the family brewing dynasty and longtime owner of the Montreal Canadiens, has died. Molson Inc. announced the death but did not give a date.

Mr. Molson also was a Canadian senator, but he is best known for his association with the hockey team.

He is credited with signing the great Jean Beliveau, and was president of the team from 1957 to 1968. Mr. Molson was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.

He served as a director of the brewery for more than 50 years and held the positions of president, chairman and honorary chairman.

He was appointed to the Senate in 1955 and served 38 years, until he was 86.

Paul Williams, 87, a bandleader considered a rock 'n' roll pioneer, died Sept. 14 in New York.

Mr. Williams is best known for his 1948 recording of "The Hucklebuck," a raucous saxophone-driven tune that was a likely precursor to rock music. The song was No. 1 on the rhythm-and-blues chart for 14 weeks and earned him the nickname of Paul Hucklebuck Williams.

Mr. Williams, a saxophonist, was on the bill at a 1952 show in Cleveland that is often called the first rock concert.

Sir John Rennie, 85, who kept a United Nations aid program for Palestinian refugees going during conflict in the Middle East in the 1960s and 1970s, died Aug. 12 of a heart condition in London.

From 1968 to 1977, Mr. Rennie was deputy commissioner at the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. From 1971, he served as commissioner general for the agency, established in 1950 to care for Palestinians made homeless by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities, Mr. Rennie entered the British Colonial Administrative Service, earning a knighthood when he was made governor of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius in 1962.

During his six-year term, he oversaw Mauritius' transition from a British colony to an independent nation and was asked by the island's prime minister to stay on for six months as governor general and personal representative of Queen Elizabeth II.

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