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Park being renamed to honour former reeve (2 photos)

Fern Tremblay has been an active community member for decades

A Timmins park is getting a new name. 

The King Street Park on Royale Street is being renamed Fernand Tremblay Park to honour the last reeve of Mountjoy Township.

Council approved the change at its Sept. 10 meeting. 

It was Tremblay's youngest daughter Rosanne Harvey who started the process.

About three months ago, she sent an email to see if a street could be renamed in honour of Tremblay. 

She said the family was excited when the city offered to rename one of the parks.

“I’m really emotional about it. I’ve been working hard at it and now I can see it moving forward and it’s finally there,” she said.

The King Street Park was chosen for its location.

Not only is it in Mountjoy, it's down the road from an important property for the family.

Harvey said where Dumoulin's Fishing Tackle is at the corner of Riverside and Royale Street used to be a corner store. 

It was owned by her grandparents, before her parents took it over. 

Tremblay, who is 88 and still living in Timmins, started his political career in 1965. 

Over the years, Harvey said he started Bonhomme Carnaval, has been with Chevalier de Colomb, church committees, founded the Joseph Fortin Foundation, and has participated in the Easter Seals Snowarama since 1975. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and has many other accolades. 

Harvey said he knew about the honour and was watching last night's meeting on TV. 

“I know he was quite happy when we brought it up to him and for him, there’s a lot of history there," she said. 

Maija Hoggett

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