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Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Updated: July 8, 10:37 AM ET
Scott helped form Flyers franchise

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Scott, a businessman who helped found the Philadelphia Flyers, has died. He was 93.

Scott, one of Flyers chairman Ed Snider's partners when the team began in 1967, died June 23 of natural causes.

He built Scott & Grauer of Philadelphia into the world's largest beer distributorship. At age 58, while in retirement in Florida, Scott accepted an offer from Snider to help him launch the Flyers.

He assisted Snider in securing the $2 million franchise fee that guaranteed Philadelphia an NHL team. He went to six banks before one came through.

"He even put some of his own money into the club,'' Snider said.

Scott sold his share in the Flyers to Snider in the late 1980s but continued to appear in the Flyers' team photos.

"He was a terrific guy and always 100 percent behind me, and that is why I wanted him in every team picture,'' Snider said.

Scott was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1974. The NHL made him a lifetime member of its board of governors in 1985, and the Flyers inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, and sons Joe Jr., Gregg, Jeff and Trent. His daughter, Linda, died this year of cancer.