8:30 a.m., June 4)
Two more names added to Navan Community Builders Wall
By Fred Sherwin
Village of Navan honoured two of its most respected residents
on the weekend by adding their names to the Navan Community
Bradley has been an active member of the Navan community
for most of his 86 years. Among other things he was has
been a member of the Navan Lions Club since 1960, twice
serving as club president.
Bradley (left) and Fred Hyde hold up their
name plaques which will be added to the Navan
Community Builders Wall. The two men were
honoured for the roles they’ve played in the
ongoing development of the Navan community
over the years. TOM DEVECSERI PHOTO
played an integral role in getting the Navan Curling Club
built and was one of the Club’s founding presidents.
Bradley is also a member of the Cumberland Historical
Society. He played a part in getting the domes used during
the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ottawa in 1984 donated
to the Navan fairgrounds. He helped organize an event
commemorating the 75th anniversary of the murder of OPP
constable John Dent at the Navan train station in 1940.
He was the driving force behind the location and construction
of town’s new cenotaph in 2010. And he chaired the Navan
Remembrance Day ceremony from 2010- 2012.
also led the effort to have seven red maples planted near
the cenotaph as part of a nation-wide program honouring
our fallen soldiers.
if all that is not enough, he also lends his hand to weeding
the area around the cenotaph whenever necessary. In 2001,
he was one of the first people to receive a “key” to the
newly amalgamated City of Ottawa as the patriarch of the
Bradley family, many of whom have followed his example
of community service and dedication.
other name added to the Com-munity Builders Wall on the
weekend is that of Fred Hyde.
Hyde served as Scoutmaster of the 1st Vars and Navan Scout
Troop for many, many years, helping to mold countless
youth into capable, confident and well-rounded members
of their community.
was and still is an active member of the Navan Lions Club
which has been involved in every major project in the
community since it was founded in the late 50s. For his
efforts he received Lions Club International’s Melvin
Jones Award which is presented to members who exhibit
the humanitarianism consistent with ideals of Lionism.
Hyde is also involved with the Navan Women’s Institute
which his wife Catherine was a member of until her passing
earlier this year.
was also an active member of the Navan Community Association
and is the founder and lead organizer of the association’s
annual Fall Fest. He has been the president of the event
for six years and can often be seen manning the BBQ at
but by no means least, Mr. Hyde helped design and install
a stainless steel time capsule near the Community Builders
Wall in 2014 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Navan.
As part of the effort, he helped select the many objects
that were placed in the capsule for future generations
to discover. But Mr. Hyde’s most notable achieve-ment
is having survived cancer, an illness which later claimed
their dedication to their com-munity, Mr. Bradley and
Mr. Hyde have both had their names added to the Navan
Community Builders Wall.
wall, which is located under the town clock on Colonial
Road in front of the fire station, was erected and dedicated
in 2012. Since then more than 20 individuals and families
have had their names added to its face, including the
village’s founder Michael O’Meara.
can visit the wall anytime and enjoy a quiet moment sitting
on one of the benches.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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