MILES GILBERT “TIM” HORTON (1930-74) was born in Cochrane, Ontario and played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the TORONTO Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.
At 4 a.m. on February 21, 1974 Horton, who was speeding to BUFFALO from TORONTO on the Queen Elizabeth Way, lost control of his sportscar, hit a concrete culvert, was thrown out of the car, and arrived dead at a local hospital, At the time of his death there were about 50 restaurants open or in development.
Today there are around 3600 Tim Hortons coffee houses in this country with 500 more on the way, and 900 in the United States – over 80 in Buffalo alone – with another 300 upcoming. There’s at least one outlet in almost every Canadian village, town and city, as well as in numerous freeway rest stops. A 2011 study found that the average Canuck spends about $150 annually at Tim’s.
The first restaurant to bear Tim Horton’s name opened in NORTH BAY, Ontario, It sold hamburgers instead of doughnuts.
Mr. Horton’s first doughnut shop opened in HAMILTON, Ontario in 1964. A plaque marks its former location, and not surprisingly there’s a new Tim’s on-site.