Park honours ‘trailblazer’ Gordon Stollery

A new park that honours “trailblazer” Gordon Stollery, one of the country’s most successful businesspersons, is now open.

“Gordon Stollery is a trailblazer and civic leader, he has left a lasting legacy in sport management and residential development in our City,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “He was benevolent, compassionate with a zest for life unlike any other.”

The former president and owner of Angus Glen Golf Club, Stollery also developed the Angus Glen community.

“I cannot think of a better way to honour and remember his outstanding contributions than by unveiling the Gordon Stollery Park right here in Angus Glen, the community he brought to life,” Scarpitti says.

Stollery graduated from Princeton University with a civil engineering degree and then completed a Master of Science in geology from University of Toronto. He went on to form several energy companies in the Alberta oilfields.

His father purchased farmland near Kennedy Road and Major Mackenzie Drive in Markham, where he began building Angus Glen Golf Course in 1992.  Stollery became CEO and co-owner of the project with his sister upon his father’s death in 1994. The golf course hosted Canadian Opens in 2002 and 2007. In 1996,

Stollery built a community around the golf club. During the development of the residential area, Angus Glen acquired Kylemore Homes.

Stollery died unexpectedly while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands in 2011 at age 64. In his obituary, he was remembered for his “vibrant personality” and “zest for life” and for being a “passionate and dedicated golfer” who was runner up at the 1965 Canadian Junior Golf Championship. He gave generously to various causes, including Markham Stouffville Hospital.

The Gordon Stollery Park is located on the north side of Angus Glen Community Centre & Library. It features a playground, splashpad, skateboard park, basketball court and soccer field.

Photo: Mayor Frank Scarpitti, members of council and the Stollery family, and representatives from the Angus Glen Golf Club and Kylemore Homes celebrated the grand opening of the Gordon Stollery Park on May 4. Photo courtesy of the City of Markham.

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