314 Clemow – The Tommy Gorman House

This is 314 Clemow Avenue (hiding behind the trees), midway between Percy and Bronson on the south side.

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It is a nicely styled but surprisingly modest looking house given the person who lived there.  From 1920 to 1961, this was the home of Tommy Gorman, owner, among other things, of the Ottawa Senators.

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Born in 1886, Gorman had a storied career: starting as a page in the House of Commons at age 9, he was also part of various sporting teams, such as  the House of Commons Pages Hockey Team in 1900:

Cricket Team, as seen here in 1901:

And the baseball team, as seen here, ca. 1900:

He went on to become Olympic gold medalist for the men’s lacrosse team in 1908:

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Also a sports journalist for the Ottawa Citizen from about 1910 to 1921, owner and manager of the Ottawa senators for ca. 1915-1925, including playing a role in the team winning three Stanley Cup playoffs in a row from 1920 -1923:

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Gorman was also co-founder of the NHL in 1917, and then from 1923 to 1925,co-owner of the Ottawa Auditorium on Catherine Street:

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He then gave up hockey for a while, championship horse racer in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  This was followed by a second career in hockey, starting with the Chicago Blackhawks,as seen here with goalie Chuck Gardiner:

leading up to becoming general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, where he signed up the still unknown Maurice Richard in 1942, and this helped lead the Canadiens to two Stanley Cup victories at the end of the 1943-1944 and again at the end of 1945-1946.

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In his later years, after retiring from the managership of the Montreal Canadiens, he was involved in various sporting enterprises in the Ottawa area, including management of the Connaught Park Racetrack.

Late in life, in May 1957, Gorman recollected some of his endeavours in the pages of the Ottawa Citizen:

imageIncidentally, uncle Jerry Gorman, was a stage actor of note in the late 19th century who also went on to race and train horses, owned a much nicer house designed by Francis Sullivan in 1913.  The house, located on Ardmore Avenue near where Cleary is on the Ottawa River, was demolished sometime in the early 1960s to make way for the Ottawa River Parkway:

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Here’s Tommy Gorman’s obituary in the Ottawa Citizen and as well in the Ottawa Journal:

image Ambitious and energetic, enthusiastic and well-liked, Gorman seems to have done it all.  His widow lived on in the house on Clemow until her own death in 1970, and then  the house was sold  outside of the famiy.l

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2 thoughts on “314 Clemow – The Tommy Gorman House

  1. This is a lovely post.

    It is a great pleasure reading background on the houses whose yards were the playgrounds of my youth. I would like to offer a correction to this article, however. The address of the house shown above is actually 316 Clemow.

    I grew up in 314 Clemow, one house to the E. of the Tommy Gordon house. Unless Tommy Gordon owned our house.

    Best,

    Alex Carruthers

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