Pointe-Claire names new park for former Alouette Tony Proudfoot

The city of Pointe-Claire will name a new park for former CFL star and football analyst Tony Proudfoot. The city council made the designation Tuesday evening during their meeting. "Tony's social commitment reflected the values of our community," said Pointe-Claire Mayor John Belvedere after making the announcement.

Though he was born in Winnipeg and educated in New Brunswick, Proudfoot grew up in Pointe-Claire and spent most of his adult life there. After his CFL career came to an end in the early 1980's, he taught at various times at Dawson College, Concordia and McGill, and also coached youth teams at Lower Canada College and in Pointe-Claire.

Proudfoot also served as an Alouettes analyst on CJAD 800 after the team returned to the city in 1996, and would continue in that capacity with the station for over a decade.

In the summer of 2007, Proudfoot revealed that he had been diagnosed with ALS. In the final years of his life, he worked closely with the ALS Society of a Quebec to fundraiser for ALS and raise awareness of the illness.

Norm Horner, who was present for the announcement, started a grassroots Facebook campaign to name the park for Proudfoot. He says as soon as he saw the city was asking the public for suggestions to name the soon-to-be-opened park, he knew Proudfoot was "the only name that came to me." He called Proudfoot's legacy a "Pointe-Claire story" and said it's fitting that the new park will open just a stone's throw, or as Horner put it, a "long punt", away from John Rennie High School, where Proudfoot played football as a teenager.

Reflecting on her late husband's years of service to the community and to ALS awareness and research, his widow Vicki said with a smile, "he was a pretty good guy."

The Tony Proudfoot Park is scheduled to open next year.