Amherstview Lions Contribute to Patrick Pidgeon Memorial in Loyalist Park
Since the days of the Roman Empire the words “In Memoriam” followed by a name have been found on monuments and gravestones. They may also appear in the dedication of a book or poem.
On October 4th, some of the Volunteer Fire Fighters of Loyalist Township appeared here at a bench dedication ceremony in honour of Patrick Pidgeon, a fireman who died in a fire in Amherstview in the summer of 2016.
Others who attended included Mayor Bill Lowry, Deputy Fire Chief James Feeney, Fire Chief Fred Stephenson, Councillors of Loyalist Township Gordon and Hegadorn, President Lion Bill Matier and Past President Lion Carman Fisher. Nine Amherstview Lions were witnesses to the solemn ceremony with flag bearers, Treasurer Lion Bruce Johnson, Lion Mike Kubisheski, and Past President Lion Del Weber.
Patrick’s wife Karen spoke earnestly of the Fire Fighter’s dedication and determination. He enjoyed life in the country and Karen said that she worked hard to convince him to move to Amherstview, “the suburbs”. When they reached Amherstview, she knew that they had arrived at the right location. In her mind Amherstview had the elements of kindness and warmth a young couple needed as a foundation for their married life together.
The Tree, the Plaque and the Bench were all of great significance in Loyalist Park in Amherstview. The Tree provided and planted by Loyalist Township would have been important because Patrick adored plants of all kinds. The Plaque contained the Fire Fighters Prayer and those words are an integral part of the Fireman’s creed. The Lion’s Bench was essential to the Centennial Community Legacy Project of Lions International. Speaking sincerely, Karen said that this tribute to Patrick’s memory was perfectly placed in the tranquility of Loyalist Park in Amherstview.
-Article submitted by the Amherstview Lions Club