A London high school has erected a scoreboard to honour one of the city’s former Mayors.
Friends of Tom Gosnell purchased the scoreboard and other field upgrades for Laurier Secondary School to honour his memory, after he passed away in December of 2014.
The scoreboard was dedicated on Friday afternoon, just in time for Laurier’s 50th reunion celebration.
“A group of us got together and wanted to do a fundraiser,” said former London Police Chief Murray Faulkner, a Laurier classmate of Gosnell. “I spoke with the athletic department and one of the things they’re missing here, like other secondary schools in our city, is a clock.”
“It’s more than a clock. This whole football field is going to be known as the Tom Gosnell Field.”
11 friends of Gosnell’s helped raise the money, including Faulkner, former Council colleague Cheryl Miller and broadcaster Steve Garrison.
“Tom was our first quarterback. I got to meet Tom in high school and we became friends for many, many years,” Faulkner said. “We wanted to memorialize him in everything he’s done. Not just as a Mayor but here at Laurier as well.”
The group has raised more than $40,000 for the scoreboard and various other projects being done at Laurier.
Gosnell was London’s Mayor from 1986 to 1994; he left politics after his second term as Mayor, but returned to London City Hall almost 10 years later after successfully running for Board of Control.
He served as Deputy Mayor and Budget Chief from 2003 until 2006, and was re-elected to Board of Control in 2006 and once again served as Deputy Mayor and Budget Chief until he retired from politics in 2010.
Gosnell died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 63.