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Two more names added to Navan Community Builders Wall

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Village of Navan honoured two of its most respected residents on the weekend by adding their names to the Navan Community Builders Wall.

Ross Bradley has been an active member of the Navan community for most of his 86 years. Among other things he was has been a member of the Navan Lions Club since 1960, twice serving as club president.

Ross Bradley (left) and Fred Hyde hold up their name plaques which will be added to the Navan Community Builders Wall. The two men were honoured for the roles they’ve played in the ongoing development of the Navan community over the years. TOM DEVECSERI PHOTO

He played an integral role in getting the Navan Curling Club built and was one of the Club’s founding presidents.

Mr. Bradley is also a member of the Cumberland Historical Society. He played a part in getting the domes used during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ottawa in 1984 donated to the Navan fairgrounds. He helped organize an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the murder of OPP constable John Dent at the Navan train station in 1940. He was the driving force behind the location and construction of town’s new cenotaph in 2010. And he chaired the Navan Remembrance Day ceremony from 2010- 2012.

He also led the effort to have seven red maples planted near the cenotaph as part of a nation-wide program honouring our fallen soldiers.

As if all that is not enough, he also lends his hand to weeding the area around the cenotaph whenever necessary. In 2001, he was one of the first people to receive a “key” to the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa as the patriarch of the Bradley family, many of whom have followed his example of community service and dedication.

The other name added to the Com-munity Builders Wall on the weekend is that of Fred Hyde.

Mr. Hyde served as Scoutmaster of the 1st Vars and Navan Scout Troop for many, many years, helping to mold countless youth into capable, confident and well-rounded members of their community.

He was and still is an active member of the Navan Lions Club which has been involved in every major project in the community since it was founded in the late 50s. For his efforts he received Lions Club International’s Melvin Jones Award which is presented to members who exhibit the humanitarianism consistent with ideals of Lionism.

Mr. Hyde is also involved with the Navan Women’s Institute which his wife Catherine was a member of until her passing earlier this year.

He was also an active member of the Navan Community Association and is the founder and lead organizer of the association’s annual Fall Fest. He has been the president of the event for six years and can often be seen manning the BBQ at the event.

Last, but by no means least, Mr. Hyde helped design and install a stainless steel time capsule near the Community Builders Wall in 2014 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Navan. As part of the effort, he helped select the many objects that were placed in the capsule for future generations to discover. But Mr. Hyde’s most notable achieve-ment is having survived cancer, an illness which later claimed his wife.

For their dedication to their com-munity, Mr. Bradley and Mr. Hyde have both had their names added to the Navan Community Builders Wall.

The wall, which is located under the town clock on Colonial Road in front of the fire station, was erected and dedicated in 2012. Since then more than 20 individuals and families have had their names added to its face, including the village’s founder Michael O’Meara.

You can visit the wall anytime and enjoy a quiet moment sitting on one of the benches.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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