Due to the COVID-19 Virus situation, we regret to announce that the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance scheduled for Sunday May 3, 2020 in Toronto has been cancelled. See attached letter with full details from the OPMF President Mike Adair
On Sunday May 3rd 2020, at 11am the 21st annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers will occur in downtown Toronto at the site of the Ontario Police Memorial on Queen’s Park Circle.
All 267 names will be read aloud beginning at 10am. One historical name is scheduled to be added in 2020.
Highway Traffic Officer Almer Frederick Hamilton Wilson
Department of Highways Leamington
26 August 1929
Highway Traffic Officer Wilson was on patrol on Hwy #3 near the village of Maidstone, when the
rear tire of his new Department of Highways motorcycle blew out causing the bike to cross into
the oncoming path of a car. Officer Wilson was thrown from the bike striking his head into the
side of the car then was thrown onto the pavement striking his head on the roadway. Two
doctors who were traveling on the same road came to his immediate aid and he was
transported to hospital in Windsor, where he passed away from his injuries.
Almer Wilson had been with the Provincial Highway Traffic Department for 2.5 months, and was
married with no children, he was 27 years of age at the time of his death.
He was born in South Bend Indiana USA, and immigrated to Canada as a child with his Canadian
Music from the Waterloo Regional Brass Band and songs from members of the Ontario Police Choruses will be performed
prior to the arrival of the Procession of Honour.
Police Bands will lead officers from across Ontario, the United States of America and Europe in their march along Queen’s Park Crescent, arriving at the Ontario Police Memorial location before 11am for the official start of the annual Ceremony of Remembrance.
Attending the Ceremony will be families and friends of the fallen officers, police officers, dignitaries and the public.
The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation (OPMF), host of the annual Memorial Service, continues with its research to fulfill its goal of ensuring that every fallen officer from Ontario will not be forgotten.
The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation will be streaming live throughout the Ceremony on Youtube Live. Links to watch will be posted on this blog at this link CeremonyOfRemembrance.ca/Live
The official Twitter account for the Ontario Police Memorial is @HeroesInLife
The hash tag for the event is #HeroesInLife
Mike Adair, Ontario Police Memorial Foundation President 705-715-1226
Organizers Tanis Hurst 647-668-7528 and Claire Wagar email@example.com
Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications 647-449-2801
Fact Sheet – Ontario Police Memorial
The Memorial is located in a small park adjacent to the Ontario Legislature, at the
corner of Grosvenor Street and Queen’s Park Crescent.
The Memorial was built from a grant provided by the Ontario Government. Official
dedication Service May 7th, 2000.
The Memorial consists of two bronze statues, (approximate 2.5 m), depicting a male
officer in duty dress circa 1950-1990 and a female officer in modern duty dress. The
statues are mounted atop a large granite pedestal base (weighing 30,000 lbs). At the
feet of the statues are eight (8) cascading granite walls. The four – (4) walls on either
side of the main pedestal form a horseshoe shape. The names of all known fallen
officers are inscribed on these walls, the “Wall of Honour”.
Toronto based artist; Mr. Siggy Puchta is the sculptor of the bronze statues. He has
many awards and accomplishments (1986 he designed the trophy depicting the Calgary
Saddledome for the Calgary Cup Games (pre-Olympic games). In 1991, he was
commissioned to create seven large Canada Geese for the Blue Water Bridge Authority
in Sarnia, Ontario. In 1994, he designed the Marilyn Bell award sculpture).
The criteria to add a police officer’s name on the “Wall of Honour”:
i. The deceased member must have been a sworn member of a police service.
ii. The Death must have occurred as a result of a traumatic event influenced by an
iii. The deceased member must have been on duty at the time of death, or if off
duty, acting in the capacity of a police officer, or the circumstances leading to
the death must have been brought about because of the deceased’s official
iv. The deceased must have acted in good faith in doing everything that could
reasonably have been expected.
v. Notwithstanding all of the above, the Committee may consider any set of
circumstances which lead to a death of a member of a police service.
266 Officers from Ontario Police Services are named on the Wall of Honour.
(1 historical name to be added in 2020)
68 Ontario Police Services are named on the Wall of Honour.
The Ontario Provincial Police have 87 officers named on the Wall of Honour.
The Toronto Police have 41 officers named on the Wall of Honour.
The Ontario Police Memorial Pin
This pewter pin replicates the Memorial’s Wall of Honour, which contains the names of all fallen
officers who have died in the service of the people of Ontario.
The pin depicts a trillium placed within a badge. The badge is the symbol, which represents the
authority of all police officers, and the trillium is the official flower of Ontario. Combined
together, they represent the Police Officers of Ontario.
The words, “HEROES IN LIFE NOT DEATH” are on the Memorial’s main pedestal and on the Memorial Pin.
On August 12, 1998, Waterloo Regional Police Constable David Nicholson lost his life while
trying to recover the body of a child who drowned in the Grand River at the Parkhill Dam in
In expressing their appreciation and gratitude to family and friends, Mrs. Wendy Nicholson and sons Mitch, Reid and Josh stated in part,
“….Dave’s death has been painful and devastating. He was our hero in life, not death. Our memories of him are rich and immeasurable, filling our hearts with both deep joy and profound pain…”
Wendy Nicholson’s words are the inspiration for this inscription.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Commissioner of the OPP have endorsed the
wearing of this pin on an officer’s uniform. Police Officers, both active and retired, are asked
and encouraged to wear the pin as a sign of support and respect for the families and our fallen
ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS
10:00 a.m. – Reading of Honour Roll
10:30 a.m. – Procession of Honour (Parade from Bloor St along Queen’s Park Cr to Provincial Legislature)
11:00 a.m. – Memorial Service
11:50 a.m. – March Past
12:00 p.m. – BBQ Lunch
More detailed information will be posted on this blog when final details are firmed up.