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Known throughout the golf community for his involvement with the Canadian Open, Richard (Dick) Grimm has passed away at the age of 91.

According to the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO), Grimm was born in Chicago in 1923 and immigrated to Canada in 1948. He earned the nickname “Mr. Canadian Open” due to his involvement as a golf salesman, promoter, official, and fan from 1965 to 1993.

“A sad day for Canadian golf as Dick Grimm passes away,” said Bob Weeks, editorial director of Scoregolf Magazine, on Twitter. “A wonderful man who helped Canadian golf in so many ways.”

“Dick Grimm passed away today,” Lorne Rubenstein, golf writer, tweeted. “He was a genial and commanding presence, a giant of Canadian golf, and respected by all who knew him.”

The GAO annually awards the Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award to the highest honour recognizing volunteer service to the game of golf in Ontario. In 2013, Scoregolf’s Weeks received the Dick Grimm Award from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC), which honours someone in the golf media and industry.