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Sunday July 31st, 2016

Posted at 12:43pm

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Mayor Drew Dilkens has announced that the new Windsor Public Library to be built in Sandwich Town , where the Sandwich Fire Hall once was, will be in honour of the late John Muir. The Library is to be named after him, being the “John Muir Public Library.”

John Muir was a pillar of the Sandwich Town community, giving much of his life to the area. Once a school principal, John was an advocate for literacy and education, making the Library a perfect dedication to him in the area he loved. As Mayor Drew Dilkens said “His fingerprints are everywhere in Sandwich Town,” from the movement to take trucks off Sandwich Street to fundraising to better the area to being the president of Friends of Sandwich Library when it was formed.

His most recent work in the area was having sculptures of General Isaac Brock and Chief Tecumseh to commemorate the War of 1812 be erected in the area. These sculptures will be unveiled in September of 2017 with Canada’s 150th Birthday celebration.

“I couldn’t think of someone more deserving,” the Mayor said as he spoke about John Muir. Before his passing, Mayor Drew Dilkens was able to show John Muir the plans for the library, and all he could say was “wow.”

The John Muir Public Library is scheduled to be done in roughly April 2018.

Ron Jones spoke for John Muir with some words prepared by him.

John Muir’s Family stands with the mock-up of what the library could potentially look like.

A mock-up of what the library could potentially look like.

The front of the building that will be the John Muir Public Library.

The back of the building that will be the John Muir Public Library.

Some of the inside of the building that will be the John Muir Public Library.

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