A Toronto park was recently renamed in honour of a three-year old boy who died after wandering away from his grandmother’s home on Neptune Drive in North York in the early hours of a bitterly cold winter morning.
Rajah Park in North York where the boy to used to play, has been renamed Elijah Marsh park.
In February 2015, volunteer searchers found the boy without vital signs in the backyard of a home in the Neptune community. He was wearing only a T-shirt, a pull-up diaper and winter boots.
More than 100 people turned out at the renaming ceremony at which a sign was unveiled and a plaque was presented to the boy’s family.
The plaque reads: “In loving memory of Elijah L.A. Marsh. Our sun, our moon and star. Forever in our hearts. May his vibrant laughter live on.”
It will be installed in the park this fall when a commemorative tree will be planted.
“We’re still here, we’re still standing because of the support that friends and family and loved ones have given us. And this is such an honour for this park, that he used to play in, to be named after him,” Georgette Marsh, the boy’s mother, said at the ceremony.
Councillor Josh Colle said in a motion presented to Toronto City council last December that the boy’s family and the local community “believe that renaming the park in his honour is the perfect way to celebrate his life and the Neptune community’s resiliency.”