Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
Wallace C. Swanek
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2006
In a park in Weston, on Queenslea Avenue across from Grattan Street, attached to the left side of this park entrance sign, is this 1998 North York Historical Society and Weston Historical Society plaque which says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.708036 -79.522069
At the end of the Second World War, after serving in the RCAF, Wallace C. Swanek came to live in the Pelmo area. He brought with him the enterprising attitude that characterized his life. His first homes were built on his father's farm, which is now part of Queenslea Avenue. He went on to build many houses in the surrounding area.
It was during this time, in 1955, that he gave to the Borough of North York his gift of parkland. It is now the public place of recreation he dreamed of for the children in the growing neighborhood.
He continued to build in other districts in the west end of Toronto, but Pelmo was always his home.
Wallace C. Swanek, born in Poland, June 22, 1922, died in Toronto on March 31, 1985.
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