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.