A Fond Farewell to Clayton Kenny in 2016



As you know 2015 for me was all about The Dunlops. I am not going to get into the nitty gritty as the stories have been documented. Just know the town of Carleton Place has renamed the North Industrial ParkThe Dunlop Business Park in memory of the Dunlop and Kenny family.

If it had not been for the death of Clayton Kenny and the sale of the Dunlop House I would have never known the story that transpired over 51 years. Major thanks to Jerry Flynn and Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson for all their help in making the name change happen.

Researching a story today I came across a blog called Benched and it had our very own Clayton Kenny as one of the Canadian greats that died in 2015.

Carleton Place should be proud to know that Bill and Pam Kenny have donated some of Clayton’s boxing apparel and pictures to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Hopefully we can get those things in some sort of shadow box to be displayed in the arena this year where it belongs.




July 27, 2015

Clayton Kenny

Clayton Kenny (Quebec Golden Gloves)

Clayton Orten Kenny
Born: December 21, 1928 (Ottawa, Ontario)
Died: June 29, 2015 (Carleton Place, Ontario)

Member: Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame (1984)

For three years in the 1950s, Clayton Kenny reigned as Canada’s amateur lightweight boxing champion.

In 1952, he boxed for Canada at the Olympics at Helsinki. Two years later, he served as captain of the Canadian boxing team competing at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games being held in Vancouver.

Clayton Kenny (Olympic mug)He took up boxing as a teenager while recovering from injuries sustained after being hit by a truck, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Kenny won several Golden Gloves titles in Ontario and Quebec.

In April, 1952, he scored a unanimous decision over Billy Tremblett of London, Ont., to advance to the Canadian Olympic boxing trials being held in Vancouver. In his first lightweight (133 pounds) bout at the trials, he knocked out Ernie Beston of Weyburn, Sask., at 2:35 of the first round. His third bout ended when Norm Jorgensen of Vancouver was unable to come out for the second round. Kenny claimed the national title and a spot on the six-man (later expanded to seven) team dispatched to the Olympics.

“Kenny swept through his tests in flying style, going no further than one round with any of his opponents,” reported Dave Stockand of the Canadian Press.

Money was scarce in those post-war years and sponsorship limited. Low on funds, Kenny and the Canadian boxers took in ironing from other Olympians to finance the journey to Finland, according to an article by Bruce Deachman in the Citizen.

On July 28, 1952, in the Messuhalli (Exhibition Hall) in Helsinki, Kenny scored a technical knock out in the third round when the referee stopped his lightweight (60 kg) bout with Niels Bertelsen of Denmark. The effort was “a workmanlike job,” reported Milt Dunnell of the Toronto Star.

Kenny’s Olympics ended when he lost his second bout, by split decision, to István Juhász of Hungary.

Kenny was inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame in 1984. The hall credits the right-handed lightweight with winning 89 of 103 career bouts.

He was predeceased by Helene (née Dunlop), his wife of 36 years, who died in 1989. He was also predeceased by his twin brother, Lloyd, who was also an amateur fighter.

Clayton Kenny (TCAir Lines)

Clayton Kenny (right)

Clayton Kenny (right) in a lightweight bout against an unidentified challenger. Ottawa Citizen file photo.

Clayton Kenny boxing ad (TorStar, June 7, 1948)

Toronto Daily Star advertisement. June 7, 1948.

We remember Carleton Place’s greats!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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