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Pointe-Claire honours Tony Proudfoot with new park

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WATCH ABOVE: The City of Pointe-Claire has voted to name a green space by the corner of des Frênes Street and Gendron after Montreal Alouettes great Tony Proudfoot. Global's Billy Shields reports – May 2, 2018

The City of Pointe-Claire has voted to name a green space by the corner of des Frênes Street and Gendron after Montreal Alouettes great Tony Proudfoot.

“It’s such an honour for Tony and he’d be so happy and probably wouldn’t believe it,” his widow Vicki told Global News.

“Who gets a park named after you?”

Proudfoot was a homegrown sports hero in Pointe-Claire.

He grew up in the city after moving there from Manitoba with his family in the 1950s.

He played for John Rennie High School’s football team and played nine seasons for the Alouettes, notching two Grey Cups.

“I saw an announcement inviting citizens to enter suggestions for the new park’s name,” said Norm Horner, who led the drive to name it after Proudfoot.

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“It was the last day of the contest. And right when I saw that, I thought, ‘Tony Proudfoot.'”

Later in life, Proudfoot became known in Montreal as a teacher.

He became a prominent advocate for those with ALS after he was diagnosed with the illness in 2007.

He died in 2010 at the age of 61.

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