Sixty years later, the funeral home and flower shop they started has been transformed into one of the city's most successful enterprises. The kindness they felt was shown to them by the community in those early years, continues to be paid back in every donation Lougheed's makes and every offer of support it extends to those who need a hand.
It's all part of Lougheed's motto: People Caring For People.
In honour of the 60th anniversary, the family wanted to give something back to the community, a legacy that all of Sudbury could enjoy.
And so, 2013 will see the opening of the Marguerite and Gerry Lougheed Community Park on the corner of Eyre and Albert streets. The site of the former St. Albert's school, the land was purchased by the Lougheeds from the Sudbury Catholic School Board, cleared and donated to the city by the family as a gift to Sudbury.
“This is a legacy gift to the whole community,” Gerry Lougheed Jr. said.
On behalf of his brother, Geoffrey, Lougheed Jr. said family was always very important to their parents and important to the brothers, as well. And the park, located one block away from the original Lougheed Funeral Home and Flower Shop, reflects that.
“Family is all about community and a park is a place for the community and families to gather,” Lougheed Jr. said.
To that end, the community is invited to attend the official announcement of the Marguerite and Gerry Lougheed Community Park on Nov. 1 at the Marguerite Lougheed Community Centre, on the corner of Regent and Albert streets.
The event begins at 2 p.m.