A man known for creating a fund to help send needy students to college has died.
Walter "Doc" Hurley, a sports icon in the city of Hartford, passed away Sunday, according to the Carmon Funeral Home.
He was 91.
Hurley created the "Doc Hurley Scholarship Classic" basketball tournament that was played at Weaver High School.
Weaver High's basketball teams said on Twitter that the city lost another legend.
"Rest In Peace Walter 'Doc' Hurley!," they posted. "Both the girls and boys seasons will be dedicated to your life and legacy!"
Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a statement calling Hurley a legendary figure in Hartford education and sports who dedicated his life to helping hundreds of students attend college.
"There are hundreds of people from throughout the Hartford area whose lives were transformed because of the higher education opportunities that Doc Hurley brought to their lives over the past several decades. He was one of the most passionate voices for Hartford and its residents, respected by all, and brought such positive energy to generations of residents. Both students and adults admired his spirit and enthusiasm, and he brought hope to many. He truly is a Hartford legend and is proof that one person can make a lasting, positive impact," Malloy said.
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