On a sunny Thursday in 1978, Local MLA Grant Brown unveiled the plaque in the presence of the Lakeside Fire Department, Royal Canadian Legion #156 and the Cheeseman Family. Stories were shared and the community reflected on the loss of one of their own.
Who is Ashley Cheeseman? I ask this question as I stand in the park that bears his name. Today the Ashley Cheesman Memorial Park is filled with kids playing, gardeners weeding, and a T-ball game about to begin. It is the heart of the diverse communities it serves.
When asked, many drew blank stares or shrugged their shoulders. Some went so far as to make up stories speculating events that could have led to a dedication. Grand stories about a brave firefighter, a heroic rescue and a dockyard explosion, or military secret missions were told.