Christy Mihos, Former Candidate for Governor; Convenience Store Owner, Dead at 67

Independent candidate Christy Mihos participates in the second Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate at American International College in Springfield, Mass. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Christopher Evans, Pool)

HYANNIS – Former convenience store owner and 2-time candidate for Massachusetts governor Christy Mihos has died in a Florida hospice facility following a battle with cancer.

He was 67.

Mihos built the Christy’s chain into one of New England’s largest convenience store operators before selling the majority of the company to Hess.

He also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and 2010 and was known as a fierce critic of the Big Dig project.

Mihos once owned 2 oceanfront homes in Yarmouth.

But the last few years of his life were marked by a contentious divorce from his wife that landed Mihos in jail for 10 days earlier this year.

He had failed to pay about $79,000 owed to his ex-wife under their divorce settlement.

Mihos had been battling cancer in recent months.

He partly built his campaigns for governor as fiscal watchdog, who was an early critic of Boston’s Big Dig project that went over budget by tens-of-millions of dollars.

Funeral services are scheduled in Florida later this week.

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