Harry Thede

The late Harry Thede, Reeve of Saugeen Township (1986-1992) and Warden of Bruce County (1997-1998). Photo submitted

The Lamont Sports Park Illuminating Dreams fundraising campaign has received a $75,000 donation in the name of former Saugeen Township Reeve Harry Thede. In a July 27 media release, the gift means the campaign will name the park’s future youth fastball diamond, "The Harry Thede Field."

“We are deeply grateful for this generous contribution,” said Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “Harry Thede was a well-respected Reeve, as well as Warden of Bruce County. It is fitting that his name is memorialized at this world-class facility.”

“Harry and I served on the Port Elgin Cenotaph Committee for over ten years,” said Vice Deputy Mayor and Committee Co-Chair Mike Myatt. “I got to know Harry and I became aware of the extraordinary contributions he made to local politics and to our community. I also know that Harry’s family is very proud that his name will remain for a lifetime on one of the new youth diamonds.”

“Harry was a fixture in the Lakeview Park bleachers for decades,” said Co-Chair Rob Stanley. “This generous and thoughtful donation is a fitting tribute to his passion for fastball and honours a great community statesman.”

This donation completes the naming of all the park’s nine elements. The campaign is now asking the public to help raise $50,000 for two batting cages and a storage facility for minor baseball. Those who wish to donate can go to

Phase One of the park is set to open in May 2023. The Town has hired a Prime Consultant to design and build Phase Two, consisting of two youth ball diamonds, as well as an accessible playground.