Tribute to Cruickshank, council fully supports road re-naming

MORRISBURG – Describing the late Les Cruickshank as a dear friend to him and to this community, Gerry Rosenquist formally asked South Dundas council to support the renaming of the Morrisburg street, Canada Way, to honour the memory of the man and his contributions to this community.

Council unanimously supported that request at its December 18th meeting.

Rosenquist suggested that Canada Way be renamed Cruickshank Crescent, Cruickshank Way or Cruickshank Drive, saying that he would be happy to see any of the above.

Cruickshank’s widow Marlene, and much of the community that Rosenquist has spoken to, expressed support for Rosenquist’s suggestion.

He added that the lone caveat was the Morrisburg Legion which at the time of amalgamation selected the name Canada Way for that street.

A group of supporters attended the meeting and were willing to speak in favour of the suggestion, but it was not necessary as council was fully supportive of the request.

“Anytime we have an opportunity to recognize a contribution, that’s what our community is built on – individuals, I am in full support,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Kirsten Gardner.

Having had the opportunity to work with Les Cruickshank on community projects within the municipality as a municipal employee, councillor Donald Lewis knew first hand the generosity of Mr. Cruickshank.

“I’m definitely in favour of taking away Canada Way and naming it Cruickshank Way,” said Lewis. “I’d be proud of that.”

“Mr. Cruickshank’s passion for this community was evident,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan. “This would be a fitting tribute to the man and his legacy.”

“I knew him all my life,” said South Dundas councillor Lloyd Wells. “He went over and above for us.” He added that he too is in favour of the requested name change.

“He always did what was needed for South Dundas,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds. “I think this is a fitting tribute.”

With unanimous support, council referred the request back to staff who will bring a recommendation and resolution to an upcoming meeting to fulfill the request.