Bay City businessman Art Dore dies at 86

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KALAMAZOO, MI – APRIL 2: Promoter Art Dore poses for a portrait during the Toughman Contest on April 2, 1998 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Allsport


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April 2, 1998: Promoter Art Dore looks on during the Toughman contest in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Allsport

April 2, 1998: Promoter Art Dore looks on during the Toughman contest in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Allsport


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Art Dore is credited with turning Bay City’s Toughman Boxing into an international extravaganza.

Arthur P. Dore, a Bay City businessman and founder of the Toughman amateur sparring contest died Tuesday.

His daughter Beth Dore posted on Facebook on Thursday that he died on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Born May 1, 1936, Art was 86 when he died.

“Today wasn’t going to be like any other day for me – it prepared me for almost anything – so I lift my chin, wiping away my tears… Rejoicing, we’ve spent 86 years with this man,” Beth wrote in the post. “He’s my dad and the most beloved dad in Bay City.”

Art owned several businesses in Bay City, including the Bay City Country Club, BARTS, and the Be Cool custom heater store in Essexville.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the time of writing and will be announced shortly, according to his family.

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