A tower of a politician in the Friendly City will be honoured this evening by the municipality he served so passionately.
Jack Dunn, who died 16 months ago, will have a ball diamond named in his honour at a ceremony at the Woodstock District Community Complex. It’s recognition of a popular and well-liked citizen of our community that will sit well with many.
The front diamond at the Complex, home to the Woodstock Kelsey’s fastball team, will now be called the Jack Dunn Memorial Ball Diamond. Woodstock Mayor Michael Harding, in a news release wrote: “It seems very fitting to name a baseball field in his (Dunn’s) honour as he was a huge fan and significant player of men’s fastball in his day.’’
Dunn was a people-friendly politician who represented the working person in our community. For some 18 years, he represented constituents in our community. Long before entering politics, Dunn was heavily involved in the labour movement in the city. Geoff Dale, former Sentinel-Review reporter, described Dunn as the “embodiment of the union, its heart and soul,’’ in his book that marked the 50th anniversary of Local 636 of the Canadian Auto Workers. “A tireless worker, known to many for his expertise in handling Workers’ Compensation cases, he was also the man responsible for nominating Canadian Labour Congress head Bob White for all of his major elected posts.’’
The legendary union official described Dunn as a “wonderful and decent man…who showed great commitment to get people engaged.’’
Engaged he did. If Dunn was the heart and soul of the union movement, he brought the same passion to Woodstock City Council. He’s still missed.
Kudos to the municipality for paying tribute to the memory of Jack Dunn. He is one of many politicians who have served the city with distinction at various levels of government who have been honoured by the city, by having roads and parks named after them.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop by the front diamond at the Complex at 6:15 p.m. today to take in the ceremony. The diamond will be a busy place this weekend, as the Woodstock Community Services Lobball League holds its annual tournament.
Give a cheer to one of the city’s most venerable citizens.