Philanthropist known as 'Bikeman' dies aged 93

bikeman via gazette

Avrum Morrow, better known locally as "Bikeman", has died at the age of 93.

For the last 33 years, he anonymously gave away more than 1,700 new bicycles, helmets and locks to disadvantaged youth, via Sun Youth.  He was never on-site for the presentation of his donations.

Over more than three decades, his gifts to the community are estimated to have cost more than $600,000.  In addition, Morrow provided further financial assistance to Sun Youth and created scholarships at Concordia University for many of the same disadvantaged youth who received his bicycles.

Before he died Saturday, from a lengthy illness, Morrow's identity was kept a closely-guarded secret.  After his death, however, his identity has been revealed via an article in the Montreal Gazette.  He was named to the Order of Canada in 2007.

His wife Dora and daughter Juli, as well as nephew Mattie Chinks, who now runs the company Morrow founded, Avmor, have committed to continue giving away bikes through Sun Youth, in honour of him.

His funeral will take place on Monday at noon, at Paperman & Sons (3888 Jean-Talon St. W.).