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.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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