CHEAP SEATS: Garden perfect commemoration for Mr. Quinte

The new Hugh O’Neil Friendship Garden, officially opened and dedicated on Saturday, is both understated and powerful.

In other words, it perfectly reflects the man it commemorates.

Hugh O’Neil, known by many at “Mr. Quinte” spent 20 years as MPP never letting party politics stand in the way of his efforts to serve his constituents.

Yet his remarkable legacy at Queen’s Park is overshadowed by the myriad of contributions he made to his community as a tireless advocate for countless causes and people.

All of which has been neatly encapsulated by the garden bearing his name.

The monument contains five stone pillars called "life chapters", representing various aspects of his life -- educator, entrepreneur, politician, community volunteer and family man. They were fittingly unveiled Saturday by his four grandchildren and his sister.

His wife, Donna, son, Dave and daughter, Cathy unveiled the main stone monument that has a picture of Hugh on it and the quote "Come my friends and rest awhile". In the centre of the stone path is a compass symbolizing direction and leadership.

The message of it all is simple and fitting: here was a man worth remembering, for the right reasons.

Thank you to all who have helped ensure we will always remember Hugh O’Neil and the many wonderful things he did for our community.

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1

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