A local hero was honoured with his very own park as his great-granddaughter ran around exploring it, oblivious to the hoopla.
“I’m shaking,” said Korean War veteran Gus Este, at the renaming of Brookside Park, near Prince of Wales Dr. and Waterbridge Dr.
Great-granddaughter Ziva was visiting from Trenton with mom Cynthia Maciej, who travelled to Ottawa just for the event.
“I think it’s awesome. Like, how many people can say that their grandfather has a park named after them?,” said Maciej.
“I don’t know, I just think it’s really neat and really cool and (an) amazing accomplishment.”
Este was born in Montreal in 1931, enrolling in the army in 1950 as a medic, serving 33 years overall.
“This is a great tribute to his service to our country and I think he’s a role model for many Canadians,” said Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches.
Este retired in 1987 and has been active in the community since; numerous organizations such as the Ontario Lung Association, the Nepean Public Library board, the Mayor of Nepean’s Task Force on Visible Minorities, the Korea Veterans Association of Canada, and the Royal Canadian Legion.
“I can’t recall ever coming to Barrhaven for an event — whether it’s at the fire station, the Legion, the Lions — without Gus being front and centre, organizing, being the face of those organizations,” said Mayor Jim Watson.