St. Clair Gardens Parkette to be renamed

St. Clair Gardens Parkette to be renamed after late BIA head Don Panos
Unveiling of parkette planned for September - Online Story
NEWS May 02, 2017 10:00 by Aaron D'Andrea Bloor West Villager
St. Clair Gardens Parkette will be renamed after Don Panos, pictured here. The late chair of the St. Clair Gardens BIA died of a sudden heart attack on July 12. He was 72.

St. Clair Gardens Parkette will be renamed after Don Panos, pictured here. The late chair of the St. Clair Gardens BIA died of a sudden heart attack on July 12. He was 72. - Toronto Star file photo

Late St. Clair Gardens BIA chair Don Panos will have a parkette named after him.

And city council, at its meeting April 26, unanimously voted to waive the customary two-year waiting period of renaming a property after a deceased person.

“What an honour to have that,” said Chris, Don’s oldest son. “I can’t say any more than that.”

The St. Clair Gardens Parkette, which is located near St. Clair and Prescott avenues, has close ties to Don’s legacy.

Once riddled with drugs and crime, Don was instrumental in cleaning up the area and the park, councillor Cesar Palacio said.

“He was one of a kind,” he said. “It’s important to recognize the level of contribution he made to the community.”

On July 12, Don, 72, died of a sudden heart attack.

He came to Canada from Macedonia when he was three years old. While here, he had four children and worked as a meat wholesaler in the early 1970s.

In 1979, he opened up Don’s Wholesale Meats on St. Clair Avenue. A few years later, Don changed locations where he adopted the name Don’s Meats, selling wholesale and retail meats.

In 1985, the BIA was formed, and Don was a founding member.

Palacio said the official unveiling of Don Panos Parkette is being planned for the BIA’s Corn Fest in September.