9 a.m., June 20)
new inductees given spot on Navan Community Builders Wall
By Fred Sherwin
family with a long history in Navan and three individuals
who put their stamp on the community from its founding until
the present day have been given a well-deserved spot on
the Navan Community Builders Wall.
Smith poses for a picture with his sister
Ina and his daughter Erin after being inducted
on the Navan Community Builders Wall. Fred
inductees were honoured during a recent ceremony that
included the entombment of a time capsule containing letters
and momentos describing present day Navan that won't be
opened until 2114.
first individual to receive an engraved marker on the
Community Builders Wall was Wesley Savage, who was a fixture
in the community during the 1940s and 1950s.
was instrumental in organizing the very first Navan Fair
in 1946 and served as the Navan Fair president from 1949-195o,
he continued on as a member of the board of directors
until the early 60s. He was also a member of the committee
that built the original Navan Memorial Arena in 1953 and
then again the following year when the original arena
burnt to the ground less than a month after it was completed.
Smith and the Smith family were also given a marker on
the wall. The Smith family's link to Navan go back more
than 100 years. The Smith family farm where Eric grew
up was located near the corner of present day Milton Road
and Smith Road.
his acceptance speech Eric recalled his early memories
of working on the farm and delivering milk with his father
during the 30s. The two men were among the first individuals
who arrived on the scene when John Maki shot and killed
OPP Constable Harold Dent in the Navan train station in
1942. After spending a year teaching, Eric would go on
to serve in the World War II and the Korean War.
Minogue-Calver poses for a picture with her
nominator John Bradley after being inducted
on to the Navan Community Builders Wall. Fred
was nominated by his daughter Erin Zintel who went through
a list of the many contributions that have been made to
the community of Navan through seven generations of Smiths.
second individual to be inducted on the Community Builders
Wall was Sheila Minogue-Calver, who joins her late husband
Gerry on the monument. The couple were fixtures in the
community of Navan right up untl Gerry's passing last
year. The couple was married in 1993 and moved to Navan
in 1996 where they made an immediate impact.
is still very much involved in the community as a member
of the Navan Women's Institute. As an active volunteer
she co-chaired the Navan 150th anniversary committee which
raised the money for the town clock which now stands in
front of the Community Builders Wall. More recently she
organized the 2014 Navan Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.
third individual to be given a place on the wall was Navan's
founder Michael O'Meara. O'Meara was Navan's first postmaster
and he named the village after his hometown in Ireland.
of the Kenny family, who are the direct descendants of
John O'Meara, were on hand for the induction ceremony,
as was Paddy Pryle who was visiting from visiting from
Navan, County Meath and is head of the Navan2Navan twinning
brought an audio recording with him of a song that told
the story of the original Navan.
Navan Community Builders Wall is located on Colonial Road
right in front of the fire station.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
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