Union Street Renamed to Benny Stark Street


Story_MainFamily of the Late Benny Stark and general public attended the ceremonial unveiling of Benny Stark Street Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  The ceremony was held at the north east corner of Turnberry Avenue and Union Street.

The late Mr. Benny Stark was a holocaust survivor that emigrated to Canada back in 1953. He worked on multiple jobs to survive and provide for his family.

In 1959, Mr. Stark opened his own scrap yard on Maria Street in the Dundas/Runnymede area. The business ultimately became a substantial operation and subsequently relocated the establishment to Union Street. After many years and with his son Stephen joining the business, the Starks acquired neighbouring properties and ended up owning both sides of Union Street between Turnberry Avenue and the end of the Union street. Collectively, they made Stark Iron and Metal and Stark Auto Sales, one of the most successful and recognized businesses in the City.

Over the years, Benny Stark remained a good corporate neighbour in the community overall, and fought valiantly for the retention of employment lands within the local neighbourhood. Benny’s vision, coupled with his vast knowledge and experience, helped transform a scrap metal yard into an innovative business within the car industry. The industrial community within the neighbourhood is in support of the recommendation to rename Union Street, between Turnberry Avenue and the end of the street to "Benny Stark Street".

Stephen Stark, son of the late Benny Stark says, “This sign will provide a lasting legacy and help to remember my father’s commitment to his beloved community”.

“Considering Mr. Stark’s contribution to the local Davenport neighbourhood and business communities, I strongly believe it is the most appropriate time that he be recognized by designating the section of Union Street “Benny Stark Street”.  Councillor Cesar Palacio.

Union Street Renamed To Benny Stark Street

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