Former Canisius great Bob MacKinnon passes away

The Canisius Golden Griffins lost a special member of their family this week.

Bob MacKinnon, a former Canisius College student-athlete, coach and athletic director, passed away Tuesday afternoon at the age of 87. 

A member of the first induction class to Canisius’ Sports Hall of Fame in 1963 and a member of the Canisius graduating Class of 1950, MacKinnon was the head coach and led the Golden Griffin men’s basketball program from 1959-72, where he posted 142 career wins, ranking second all-time in program history.

“Bob MacKinnon will forever be known as one of the greatest coaches in Canisius history,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron told the school's official website. “He won a lot of games in 13 seasons at Canisius, and then he went on to have a long career as a coach and general manager in the professional game. His former players have often told me how great he was as a coach, but how he was an even better man off the floor.” 

(h/t Canisius Athletics)