TAMPA, Florida - Tom McEwen, a longtime sports columnist and editor at The Tampa Tribune, has died in Florida. He was 88.
McEwen died early Sunday at his Davis Islands home. McEwen's wife, Linda, says he had been battling an aggressive form of cancer.
"Our thoughts are with Tom's family. His personality, charisma, sports reporting and sense of giving back will be dearly missed by this community," said Florida Communications Group President John Schueler. "He was a valued friend to many of us here at FCG and Media General."
McEwen served as the paper's sports editor from 1962 until 1992. He also wrote six columns a week, totaling more than 10,000 columns during his tenure. His final column ran in 2001.
The Wauchula native was named Florida Sportswriter of the Year a record 19 times. He is credited with helping bring a professional football franchise to Tampa.
Funeral arrangements are pending.