Dick Watts Remembered

Dick Watts Remembered


Condolence Motion

Moved by: Councillor Cesar Palacio

Seconded by: Mayor John Tory

The Mayor and Members of Toronto City Council are saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Watts at the age of 93 on October 12, 2015.

WattsRecognition_2012-11-28-11-43-49_13As the local City Councillor, I was fortunate to work alongside Dick Watts over the years. In many ways he was my inspiration and strength, along with the hundreds of residents of Regal Heights in Ward 17.

Dick Watts was an inspiration to the residents of Regal Heights for more than three decades. His vision and tireless work have made the neighbourhood the vibrant community that is today.

Everywhere you look you can see his influence: in the friendship and cooperation between residents; in the flowers and shrubs where once there were desolate patches of weeds; in the planter barrels spilling over with seasonal flowers and greenery.

Over the years, he planted trees, removed graffiti, organized community carolling and organized Canada Day processions, annual community clean-up days and art installations. Furthermore, Dick promoted the history and heritage of the area by commemorating Garrison Creek with sidewalk makers, supporting the restoration of the portico at Regal Heights Public School, and hosting annual heritage walking tours.

His constant initiatives on behalf of the local community are extensive, but Dick never called attention to himself.

It is unusual these days to see someone so committed to making a community all that it can be. Dick Watts had become the soul of Regal Heights that made life better for all of those who had the privilege of knowing him.Obit

The City Clerk is requested to convey, on behalf of the Members of Toronto City Council, our sincere sympathy to Dick Watts’ family.

November 3, 2015

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Dear Friends,

Transparency, accountability, financial sustainability, and fairness will remain key issues that I will continue to demand with energy and determination on behalf of all hardworking taxpayers. You can be assured that I will continue to speak loudly and advocate for a socially progressive and a fiscally responsible agenda.

My top priority is Ward 17. I strongly believe that your input is crucial in order to obtain a better understanding of what issues need to be tackled in our community.  I hope that you will write, e-mail, or call my office to share your good ideas and let me know how I can serve you.

I served on notable Standing Committees at City Hall including Public Works & Infrastructure, Government Management and Planning & Growth. In 2010, I was asked by Mayor Rob Ford to serve on the City's Executive Committee and Chair of the City Licensing and Standards Committee and more recently, in 2014, I was hand-picked by Mayor Tory to once again join the Executive Committee and retain my position as Chair of the Licensing and Standards Committee.

Friends, we have succeeded, over the years, with many accomplishments by working in partnership; partnerships that include community organizations and residents at large! Together, we have created a network that makes our community stronger and much better!  When you speak – I listen! I am committed to working both for you, and with you, to make our community greener, cleaner, safer, affordable and prosperous. Looking forward, as always, to "GETTING MORE THINGS DONE" for Davenport.

Remaining humbly at your service!


Cesar Palacio

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