Hamilton politicians to honour Cpl. Cirillo by naming leash-free park after him

News May 31, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton politicians are expected this week to back the idea to re-name a leash-free park in the Meadowlands after slain Hamilton soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Members of the facility naming sub-committee are scheduled to discuss the proposal at their June 9 meeting.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson had proposed the idea last fall to councillors in the aftermath of Cirillo’s death at the hands of a lone gunman Oct. 21. The request was referred to the facilities naming sub-committee, which had sought to get the approval of the Cirillo family and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

A letter from Lawrence Hatfield, Lieutenant Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada dated March 24 to the city, stated re-naming of the park would be an appropriate recognition to Cirillo.

“(He) was a lover of dogs and animals,” stated Hatfield. “He frequently walked these animals in the Meadowlands. We have presented this idea to his family and they are pleased to support it.”

Hatfield went on to state that having Cirillo’s name recognized on a leash-free dog park “is an idea in keeping with the ideals Cpl. Cirillo espoused and a very personal and touching tribute to his memory.”

The idea to rename the leash-free dog park located beside Silver City Theatres came from an Ancaster resident who uses the park to walk her dog.

Once the sub-committee makes its decision, it will be voted on by the full council later this month.

Cirillo, 24, had been on sentry duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa when he was shot.

His funeral held in Hamilton was the largest the city has ever hosted.

Hamilton politicians to honour Cpl. Cirillo by naming leash-free park after him

News May 31, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton politicians are expected this week to back the idea to re-name a leash-free park in the Meadowlands after slain Hamilton soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Members of the facility naming sub-committee are scheduled to discuss the proposal at their June 9 meeting.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson had proposed the idea last fall to councillors in the aftermath of Cirillo’s death at the hands of a lone gunman Oct. 21. The request was referred to the facilities naming sub-committee, which had sought to get the approval of the Cirillo family and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

A letter from Lawrence Hatfield, Lieutenant Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada dated March 24 to the city, stated re-naming of the park would be an appropriate recognition to Cirillo.

“(He) was a lover of dogs and animals,” stated Hatfield. “He frequently walked these animals in the Meadowlands. We have presented this idea to his family and they are pleased to support it.”

Hatfield went on to state that having Cirillo’s name recognized on a leash-free dog park “is an idea in keeping with the ideals Cpl. Cirillo espoused and a very personal and touching tribute to his memory.”

The idea to rename the leash-free dog park located beside Silver City Theatres came from an Ancaster resident who uses the park to walk her dog.

Once the sub-committee makes its decision, it will be voted on by the full council later this month.

Cirillo, 24, had been on sentry duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa when he was shot.

His funeral held in Hamilton was the largest the city has ever hosted.

Hamilton politicians to honour Cpl. Cirillo by naming leash-free park after him

News May 31, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton politicians are expected this week to back the idea to re-name a leash-free park in the Meadowlands after slain Hamilton soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Members of the facility naming sub-committee are scheduled to discuss the proposal at their June 9 meeting.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson had proposed the idea last fall to councillors in the aftermath of Cirillo’s death at the hands of a lone gunman Oct. 21. The request was referred to the facilities naming sub-committee, which had sought to get the approval of the Cirillo family and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

A letter from Lawrence Hatfield, Lieutenant Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada dated March 24 to the city, stated re-naming of the park would be an appropriate recognition to Cirillo.

“(He) was a lover of dogs and animals,” stated Hatfield. “He frequently walked these animals in the Meadowlands. We have presented this idea to his family and they are pleased to support it.”

Hatfield went on to state that having Cirillo’s name recognized on a leash-free dog park “is an idea in keeping with the ideals Cpl. Cirillo espoused and a very personal and touching tribute to his memory.”

The idea to rename the leash-free dog park located beside Silver City Theatres came from an Ancaster resident who uses the park to walk her dog.

Once the sub-committee makes its decision, it will be voted on by the full council later this month.

Cirillo, 24, had been on sentry duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa when he was shot.

His funeral held in Hamilton was the largest the city has ever hosted.