George S. Lyon, Olympic Gold Medal Champion in 1904, was born in Richmond, Ontario on July 27, 1858 and Ottawa City Councillor Scott Moffatt recently commissioned signs to commemorate both his birthplace and his achievements in golf.
When asked what this recognition of George S. Lyon means to him, Scott Moffatt replied – “As a golfer and as a big fan of history and representing this area on council, I’ve followed the Olympics since I was seven years old and it’s incredibly important that we commemorate this and also just to let the residents of Richmond know what the history is. It actually is Olympic history. When you’re watching the 2016 Olympic Games, George S. Lyon is going to be mentioned as the defending Olympic Golf Champion and that he comes from Richmond, Ontario. I think it’s such a neat thing to commemorate and to remember and to let people know in the village who might not know about it.”
Well, they know about it now.
Michael Pasieka, owner of the Richmond Centennial Golf Club, has researched the Lyon Family and has found out that his golf course is located on property previously owned by the Lyon Family. “I think that’s the most unusual coincidence that I could ever imagine”, said Mr. Pasieka. “I mean, just looking at the big picture, that his forefathers owned the property that the golf course is built on and that he’s our reigning Olympic Champion to this day, it’s absolutely amazing. I mean that it is literally unbelievable the coincidence that he became an Olympic Golf Champion and me owning and operating a golf course on the property he grew up on.”
Richmond Village Association Director Tino Bevacqua also commented on the signage and George S. Lyon – “As a resident of Richmond for 35 years, I had heard about him (George S. Lyon) a few years ago. There’s a plaque in the Richmond Arena right now but to be doing this during the Olympics where golf is returning for the first time since 1904, I think it’s phenomenal and I’m proud as punch, frankly, that he’s from Richmond.”
Thanks go out to Ottawa City Councillor Scott Moffatt for his knowledge of history and his initiative to acquaint visitors to and residents of Richmond with the reigning Olympic Gold Medal Golf Champion George S. Lyon.
/ Joe McLean @FlagstickJoe