Murray Dowey, right, has died at the age of 95 ©Getty Images

Murray Dowey, the last surviving member of the Canadian ice hockey team which won the gold medal at the 1948 Winter Olympic Games in St Moritz, has died at the age of 95.

Dowey played on the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Flyers team which represented Canada at the Games in the Swiss city.

The squad won seven of their eight matches, their only blemish being a draw with 1947 world champions Czechoslovakia.

The 1948 Winter Olympics was the only international event at which Dowey competed.

In the years immediately after the Second World War, Canada was reluctant to play in International Ice Hockey Federation competitions because of a disagreement over the meaning of "amateur".

Canada boycotted the 1947 World Championship but opted to compete at St Moritz 1948, with the RCAF volunteering to be the country's representatives.

The RCAF Flyers were inducted into the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, the Greater Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Following the 1948 Games, Dowey played in exhibition matches before resuming his business career.

He carried the Olympic Torch in Toronto during the Relay before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 

"Dad's life was well-lived," his family wrote in an obituary published in the Toronto Sun. 

"We will miss him dearly."