OKEECHOBEE Friends, family and former colleagues gathered at the OK Corral Gun Club in Okeechobee on Saturday to celebrate the life of former Miami Herald sports editor Edwin Pope, who died of cancer on Jan. 19 at 88.
“One of the things I admire most about dad is how humble he was,” his son David said. “He was my hero. He was the best dad a son could ever have.”
Pope was the Herald’s sports editor from 1967 until his retirement in 2003 but wrote columns for the Herald until 2013.
Pope was recognized four times by the National Headliner’s Club as the nation’s best sportswriter. He is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, was inducted into the writer’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and was one of only four writers to cover the first 47 Super Bowls before health issues prevented him from covering the 2014 game or subsequent ones.
Many former colleagues and representatives of the Dolphins, University of Miami and Orange Bowl were among those in attendance. A slide show included photos of Pope with ex-Dolphins coach Don Shula, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
For a retrospective on Pope’s life, click here.