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#1 Soddy

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 03:14 AM

Given the probability there will not be a grave or niche in a public cemetery for fans to visit, this sounds like a good alternative. 

 

 

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Neil Peart's family is enthusiastically supporting plans for a memorial at Lakeside Park to honouring the famous drummer who grew up in St. Catharines.

As thousands of Rush fans from all over the world continue to add their names to a petition calling for a statue or plaque to be built at the park the band made famous in song, Peart's nephew Jason Howe said the family has discussed the idea and are "fully on board" with such plans.

"They think it's a great honour," said Howe, a St. Catharines resident.

As of Sunday afternoon, more than 22,100 people had added their name to a petition calling on the city to honour Peart with a plaque or statue at the Port Dalhousie park.

Mayor Walter Sendzik plans to put forth a motion at an upcoming city council meeting to name the pavilion at Lakeside Park in Peart's memory.

The celebrated percussionist and lyricist died of brain cancer on Jan. 7 at the age of 67.

Howe said he's heard several ideas for memorials including a statue, plaque and naming the pavilion, nearby piers and city streets after Peart. He said he'd be supportive of any of those initiatives.

"I don't think there's a wrong way you can go wrong," he said. "Just being recognized, I don't think you can go wrong."

Howe, however, has an idea of the type of memorial he'd like to see added to the park.

He said a bronze statue of his uncle sitting behind his drum set "would be fantastic, to be honest."

"That'd be the way to go."

Although Howe described his uncle as "very humble, that's for sure," he said a memorial being considered for him "is only fitting."

Howe said fellow Rush band members Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee have been honoured by the City of Toronto, where Lee-Lifeson Art Park was named after them in 2016. The park is at 223 Gladys Allison Pl., in North York, in the neighbourhood where both musicians grew up.

St. Catharines regional Coun. Kelly Edgar, who has been working on a memorial project with Tony McLaughlin — the St. Catharines resident who started the online petition — said he contacted Neil's brother, Danny Peart, regarding a tribute.

"They're fully behind it," Edgar said.

Although Howe said Peart's career kept him very busy, he said he saw his uncle several times a year at family gatherings.

"In between tours, he's been down here. He's been to all our places before. But usually, it's more of meeting up at the cottage," he said. "He was my uncle first, but it was neat to go see the rock star uncle afterwards … I'm the oldest nephew, so I had a lot of fun growing up with him. We got to spend a lot of time with him."

And because Peart enjoyed such a long career, Howe said he was able to bring his own children to see Rush perform at their 40th anniversary concert in 2015.

"We actually have a picture somewhere of four generations of us at a Rush concert — my grandmother (Betty Peart), my mom (Judy Howe), me and my kids," he said. "It was neat."

In addition to the online petition for a memorial, an online campaign has also been started to help pay for it. The campaign has brought in $300 so far, in addition to funding pledges made through the petition.

 


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:20 AM

Glad that they are on board with the idea.  When I heard it, I kind of questioned what they would think.  Lee and Lifeson already have their park, so why not have a space dedicated to Neil?  There probably are a lot of interesting remembrances such as scholarships, etc that they could pursue too.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 02:41 PM

Good gracious, I can log in again.  Had to try...

 

How terribly sad to receive the awful news from last week.  Poor Carrie and Olivia.  Poor Geddy and Alex.

 

There was a man who lived life on his own terms.


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 04:06 AM

I like the idea of a memorial for fans to pay their respects.  In that respect it keeps Neil and his family private just as it should be.

 

There is also an online entry for Neil on Find A Grave.  If you wish to leave a virtual flower, you will need to sign up for the site, but it is free and they don't spam your email.  Here is the link for the page at Find A Grave

 

https://www.findagra...4899/neil-peart


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 02:43 PM

I like the idea of a memorial for fans to pay their respects.  In that respect it keeps Neil and his family private just as it should be.

 

There is also an online entry for Neil on Find A Grave.  If you wish to leave a virtual flower, you will need to sign up for the site, but it is free and they don't spam your email.  Here is the link for the page at Find A Grave

 

https://www.findagra...4899/neil-peart

 

Agree, this helps people find the closure they need and keeps the fans away from seeking out an actual grave as well.  One only has to look at Jim Morrison's grave in Paris to know that this is something Neil nor the family would ever want.  The statue is the right idea even though Rush fans would be way more respectful of course.

 

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 01:01 AM

Agree, this helps people find the closure they need and keeps the fans away from seeking out an actual grave as well.  One only has to look at Jim Morrison's grave in Paris to know that this is something Neil nor the family would ever want.  The statue is the right idea even though Rush fans would be way more respectful of course.

 

We would hope. Ronnie Van Zant was from my hometown. Family had to move his body after somebody tried to dig him up. He's now buried deep deep in a concrete vault that can survive a nuclear blast.


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Posted 29 January 2020 - 05:36 AM

We would hope. Ronnie Van Zant was from my hometown. Family had to move his body after somebody tried to dig him up. He's now buried deep deep in a concrete vault that can survive a nuclear blast.

 

WHAT THE FUCK??  

 

Seriously...what the fuck!!


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Posted 29 January 2020 - 05:55 PM

Agree, this helps people find the closure they need and keeps the fans away from seeking out an actual grave as well.  One only has to look at Jim Morrison's grave in Paris to know that this is something Neil nor the family would ever want.  The statue is the right idea even though Rush fans would be way more respectful of course.

 

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If you were to go to Paris today, Jim's grave is gated off for this very reason...so fans won't desecrate it.


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Posted 29 January 2020 - 07:13 PM

WHAT THE FUCK??  

 

Seriously...what the fuck!!

 

IKR? I thought Duane Allman had it bad.


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