Remembering Gavin Quimby, savior of Winona

Gavin Quimby saved Winona, Minn., once upon a time.

He helped the high school team score the winning touchdown, he put out a fire at an elementary school, he caught a purse snatcher on the city’s mean streets.

Coincidentally, he did all of it on Super-Gav Day in Winona, when the city stopped what it was doing to give a kid fighting metachromatic leukodystrophy, an illness that slowly robs the body of its nervous system, a little lift.

He died yesterday morning, the Winona Daily News says.

He is survived by a city that gave a damn.

  • Mike Simpkins

    Smiling with tears.

  • Beth Forkner Moe

    Beautifully written, Bob (sincerely, a grateful Winona resident).