Tributes to Councillor Ron Moeser from the community
I have lived in the West Rouge community for 31 years. For 15 years I worked as Advertising Director of the West Rouge Life Magazine. My husband Brian is Past President of the West Rouge Community Association and remained for years on the Planning Committee of the board. Together over the years we have been involved volunteering in our daughters schools, community and helping with Ron's committees and projects.
Ron was always very grateful, thankful and appreciative of volunteer help, so it was easy to keep coming back to help him time and time again. We even handed out campaign flyers door to door one year when my husband was wearing a foot cast, as Brian really wanted to help Ron during his run for office.
Years ago, Kirkdene Park's flower bed was removed. Between Brian and myself, Ron and our neighbours, we were able to flourish beds of flowers once again thanks to Ron's input. It may seem small or trivial to others being just flower beds, but it was our corner of the community we missed and wanted back and he listened and acted positively. Now we just didn't plant flowers, he provided hot dogs and cold drinks to make it a real community event.
Another time old trees or broken branches near the playground were in danger of falling off during a strong wind storm and Ron acted on it and had them cut down and new trees were planted in Kirkdene Park. When a new playground was put in, our neighbourhood input was involved being it was in our backyard. Ron always had community involvement.
Everything Ron did was for the love of his community of West Rouge and Ward 44.
His family, especially his wife Heather, was always a huge support to him. Ron and Heather were one when working for the community and ward. The Waterfront Trail and the Rouge National Urban Park were one of many projects that he strongly pursued.
Ron will be very much missed as a councillor, a neighbour and a friend to many.
Thank you for all you did Ron, rest in peace.
Angie Sheridan, West Rouge
We will miss Ron, his wisdom, experience and tenacity. The incredible green space and the single-family character of our neighbourhoods are a testament to his many years of dedicated service. Some of the many highlights of his work include the preservation of the Rouge National Urban Park, the creation of Port Union Waterfront Park and the Waterfront Trail. His legacy will live on for years to come in this wonderful corner of the city. His commitment to the residents of Ward 44 was admirable and we have him to thank for so much.
Cal MacMillan, Leah Thurston and Jim Hart, Councillor Moeser’s Office
As a part-time employee with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation in Ward 44, I had many opportunities to see Councillor Ron Moeser in action. Ron truly loved this community and the special events that took place within it. As an executive member of the CCRA I witnessed Ron’s enthusiastic involvement at these events. We could always count on his support and participation at annual events such as Winterfest, West Rouge Family Day, the Waterfront Festival,Highland Creek Heritage Day and Community Earth Day. Ron was always keen to connect with his community members and these events presented the perfect back-drop. Ron loved to be around people. He loved to discuss neighbourhood issues and he was passionate about our beautiful parks and green spaces.
I once attended a public consultation about the proposed off-leash dog park on Old Kingston Rd. That evening showed that Ron was a good listener. He ran the meeting in a calm, positive and professional manner. He treated supporters and non-supporters alike with respect. In the end, the dog park was designed and installed in a timely manner. The CCRA worked hard to help fund and create a beautiful wall mural along the west-facing wall of the Centennial Plaza where Ron Moeser’s office is located. When the CCRA approached Ron about the mural project, he was behind it 100%. Today our community enjoys this wonderful art installment. Thank you Ron for all you did over the years to improve our community. Ron’s friendly nature and commitment to the community will be missed by many.
Kathy Rowe, CCRA Vice-President
With the passing of Councillor Ron Moeser in April, the citizens of Ward 44 have lost a most respected advocate. He will be missed.
June and Gayle Gibson, Lawson Road
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ron but am so grateful I had the opportunity and pleasure of working with him on many projects within our West Rouge Community. Ron would work on the city side and I on the community side to bring the youth the Cross Roads Skateboard Park at the Port Union Community Centre and Youth Dances for Grades 5-8 at the West Rouge Community Centre, which ran for over 20 years. Over the years, Ron assisted with numerous projects with the West Rouge Sports and Recreation Association; we had a great partnership. As I was reflecting the passion and compassion that Ron had for our community, I believe he had this same feeling for all the communities that were in his ward. Ron truly loved politics and the communities that supported him. Thanks for making your Ward 44 a better place to be! God bless.
Darlene Cross, West Rouge
I first met Ron back in the early ‘80s when CCRA and West Rouge Community Associations (WRCA) were dealing with the removal of asbestos and site rehabilitation of the Johns Manville site. Ron was a representative from WRCA and I was the president of CCRA. In 1988 Ron decided to run for Scarborough council and was successful. Over the years Ron represented our ward on Scarborough council and, after amalgamation, on Toronto City Council. For several years while a councillor in Scarborough Ron would meet monthly with representatives of CCRA and WRCA to advise us on issues affecting our community and to receive feedback from the community association representatives. He worked to ensure his ward received its share of amenities and improvements. He was always aware of the role and importance of community associations and would make sure to seek their input and comments on issues affecting our community. Ron has been our councillor for so many years at the municipal level ,that it is hard to believe that he is no longer here to represent our interests.
Jeff Forsyth, Past President CCRA
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Moeser, a long-serving Councillor for Ward 44. Ron , I believe, will be remembered within the Highland Creek Community as being accessible to his constituents, listening to concerns expressed and as a staunch advocate on matters pertaining to the redevelopment and housing issues. Ron attended many meetings within our community on these issues and was a strong supporter of the Highland Creek Heritage Festival, restoration of the Morrish House/Scarborough Historical Society, R.C.L. Highland Creek Branch 258 and the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care. Ron and his wife, Heather, worked as a team over the years and he will be sorely missed.
On a personal note, I have known Ron for quite a few years both as a constituent and a friend. Ron was active in sports, such as tennis, running, golfing and enjoyed watching Toronto Maple Leaf hockey games. Jokingly, I recall Ron telling me when growing up in the west end of the city and being slight of stature at the time, he had to be a good runner. I had a few games of golf with Ron over the years and I suppose not surprisingly, he could strike the ball a good distance and his short game was pretty good as well. Ron was a Master Electrician and frequently was called upon to do the electrical hookups for the Heritage Day events. We would also have a good laugh over this. Ron had a lovely entertainment centre at his home, which my wife and I were invited to come over to see. Ron and I sat back in comfortable chairs, ate popcorn, and enjoyed a nice single scotch as we watched a movie. I will miss my times with Ron as I always found it easy to speak with him and enjoyed being in his company. I know from speaking with his wife, Heather, Ron had a rough time over the past year and it is comforting to know, that there will be no more suffering. God bless, Ron.
David Adamson, Highland Creek Community Association
Ron Moeser has always been a very supportive and caring individual. You can see his commitment to the West Rouge community in his many endeavours over his years in office. I approached Ron about planting a small garden bed at the entrance to our neighbourhood at Lawrence and Starspray over 20 years ago. It was a contest I had won through White Rose but needed support to plant it on city property. Ron helped me through the paperwork and the garden was ready to go. He, along with other West Rouge residents, came out and helped plant the garden bed and made an official opening when it was finished. I have worked on many community events like Winterfest, Family Day and Earth Day and Ron has always been supportive and has participated at these events. It was Ron’s initiative that I and others were nominated to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award in 2012. I will always remember that day as it was very special to me and my co-recipients. Ron was instrumental in our waterfront in the Rouge also. I remember him inviting me and Ken to go with him and some other members of the community on a city tugboat out of Bluffer’s Park showing us the plans for the upcoming waterfront trail. This was back in the ‘90s. Such an experience! Ron will be remembered in this community for many years to come.
Barbara Broadley, West Rouge
Councillor Ron Moeser has been a long-time leader and advocate for Ward 44 and Scarborough as a whole. I extend my deepest condolences to his family members, staff and constituents and join with them to remember his years of dedicated service to our community.
Gary Anandasangaree, MP, Scarborough-Rouge Park
Ron served his community faithfully for many years and worked in his low-key style to bring significant improvements. Among his many accomplishments, the Waterfront Trail, the Rouge Park and the rehabilitation of the Port Union site are lasting legacies and a testimony to his dedication to the people of Scarborough East.
John McKay, MP, Scarborough-Guildwood
Ron was dedicated to the betterment of Scarborough and all of its residents. The service he provided to the constituents of Ward 44 will be remembered for years to come. His passion for the environment and his work to establish the Rouge Park as well as the Port Union Village Common will be part of his legacy. His passing is a deep loss to our community.
Tracy MacCharles, MPP, Pickering-Scarborough East
I was greatly saddened to learn of Ron’s passing on April 18 and I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Ron was a champion for Scarborough East. As a 30-year resident of Ward 44, he lived in, worked hard for and loved his community. Ron was first elected to Council in 1988. As a veteran councillor, he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role. Always true to himself, Ron’s quiet approach delivered big change.
Ron was passionate about protecting public space and my memories of him are connected to the outdoors, green spaces and community. I recall walking along the beautiful Lake Ontario shoreline with Heather as we reviewed the work done by Metrolinx. It brought home Ron’s commitment to the waterfront and Ward 44. I was also honoured to join Rob for the renaming of the playground at West Rouge Park after long-time community activist and constituent Bob Loptson. Ron’s leadership around the creation of Rouge Park, Canada’s largest urban park, is one of many examples of how hard he worked to serve his constituents.
Ron was also key to the rebuilding of Heron Park Community Centre. With its swimming pool, ice rink, gym and kids’ programming, there were many happy gatherings at this vibrant community hub.
On behalf of the Government of Ontario, as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, my thoughts and prayers are with Ron’s wife Heather, daughters Tammy, Cindy and Selina, Ron’s grandchildren, family, friends, colleagues and constituents. May it bring comfort and peace to know that there are many loving thoughts and good wishes surrounding you.
Ron was a good and decent person and I will miss him. May his soul rest in peace.
Mitzie Hunter, MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood