Bill Teron – Yesterday we lost a man who did so much for our communities in Kanata. Bill was not only a visionary who put together 3,000 acres of land to create a City in harmony with nature, planned it for 60,000 with homes, schools, churches, parks, recreation facilities, jobs, a Town Centre and more. Then he started to make it a reality in designing and building Beaverbrook Community. He constructed a model for his new City, which was in the sales office when Bob and I came to see this new place in 1968. The community was less than 3 years old at that time but I could see how it would be in the future and we both fell in love with the concept and could live nowhere else. It changed my life. Within days of moving in I was asked to join the Community Association that ran all the recreation programs and a year later was elected to the Township Council – at the same time that Campeau took over the lands and development. The concept was so firmly in the mind of all of us that we took Bill’s dream and worked to continue it, resulting in the communities we see today.
Bill was an inspiration to me as well as a mentor and friend. He was always willing to make suggestions and help the community when an issue arose and we valued his support. He did many other things for Canada and other parts of the world, but I know his heart was in Kanata where he built his home near the community that he built. Kanata, the City he planned from scratch, is a living memorial to him. I will miss him.
In memory of Bill Teron, there is a book of condolences at the Beaverbrook Library (2500 Campeau Dr) that you can sign.