Jimmy Hewitt Jimmy Hewitt, an Orlando based businessman and driving force in securing the NBA Orlando Magic franchise, has died. Hewitt was an Orlando native and a high school basketball player who followed the game throughout his life. On December 22, 1986, the 10,000th season ticket (a condition of franchise award) was sold and the Magic became a reality. Hewitt was 79, and had suffered from advanced dementia and had recently contracted COVID-19. He will be remembered for answering, when asked where in Florida the NBA expansion team should locate, with “Orlando is the place to be”.
Max Osceola Max Osceola, Jr. died on October 8th at the age of 70 due to complications from COVID-19. Osceola served on the Seminole Tribe of Florida tribal council as the representative from the Hollywood Seminole Reservation from 1985 through 2010. During his tenure, Seminole gaming expanded; educational scholarships for tribal students were established; and the Tribe condoned Florida State University’s use of the Seminole mascot. Born in Hollywood, Florida, he grew up on the Hollywood Seminole Reservation, played football at the University of Tampa and graduated from the University of Miami. Osceola is survived by his two sons and two daughters.
Allen Trovillion A commercial construction company owner, Allen Trovillion was elected mayor of the City of Winter Park and served from 1962-1967. He was elected to represent district 36, which included Orange County, in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002 and chaired the Corrections Committee and Tourism Committee. After serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, he earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida in 1950. Trovillion was a proud veteran, public servant and successful businessman who loved the Central Florida community. He passed away on December 8th at the age of 94.