Leaside Memorial Community Gardens

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Municipality/Province: East York, ON

Memorial Number: 35003-003

Type: Plaque

Address: 1073 Millwood Road M4J 4P2

Location: City of Toronto, formerly Borough of East York and Town of Leaside. Flag stand and stainless steel memorial plaque at easterly corner of main entrance facade of facility.

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 43.70   Long: -79.36

Contributor: Raymond White

The Town of Leaside wished to commemorate and honour those servicemen from Leaside who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom during World War II. Opened in 1952, following the war, the local arena was chosen to be memorialized in their honour. The Leaside Gardens was dedicated on the occasion of the Golden Anniversary of the Town of Leaside, September 13, 1962. A memorial plaque depicting the names of the fallen service men was erected in the lobby of the original facility's banquet room. 

In 2013 an expansion of the original facility was completed with the addition of a second ice surface, entrance and lobby which reconfigured the original space. The memorial plaque had to be removed and relocated. The original plaque was restored to like new condition and unveiled during a re-dedication ceremony held on November 8, 2013 officiated on behalf of Prime Minister Steven Harper by Mr. John Carmichael MP, Mr. Harper himself originally a Leasider and young hockey player in the original facility.  The plaque was relocated to the easterly corner of the facility's entrance facade adjacent to the flag stand. 

While now part of the City of Toronto, the rededication occurred on the occasion of the Centennial of the incorporation of the Town of Leaside.

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Inscription found on memorial

In memory of the men of the Town of Leaside who gave their lives for their country in the Second World War 1939- 1945

Trueman William Albert Anderson

Douglas Stewart Brown

Conrad Cromer Evans

Richard Charles Holmes

Vernon John Lazier

William Clothier Leaming

William Robert Merrall 

Archibald Allen Muirhead

Walter David Newel

James George Gordon Peterkin

Robert Eric Bowman Pike

Clfford Laureano Rea

Willard Hugh Rowland

Leonard Ogilvy Stalker 

Richard John Walton

William Milton Wilbur

James Edward Wilkes

Dedicated on the occasion of the Golden Anniversary of the Town of Leaside 13th September 1962

 

 

 

 

 

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