Graffiti spotted on a Mississauga memorial bench for a well-loved young man


Published August 26, 2022 at 11:28 am

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Austin McNamee photo

A memorial to a well-loved Mississauga man has been marred with graffiti.

A bench in Spruce Park in Port Credit Mississauga, which has a memorial plaque for Kyle Ondrey, was painted with graffiti, resident Austin McNamee says.

McNamee tells inSauga he took a photo of the bench on Aug. 25. He posted it to the Port Credit Life community Facebook group.

“Very saddened to see that someone put graffiti on the bench that was a memorial to Kyle Ondrey,” McNamee wrote. “Those of us that knew Kyle remember him as a kind generous big hearted kid. If someone recognizes the images in this please send the person back to clean this up. Very disappointing.”

Ondrey died in 2015 at the age of 22. He was named Athlete of the Year at Lorne Park Secondary School in 2011. He attended McMaster University where he played on the Varsity Rugby team.

In his youth, he worked for the Mississauga Golf and Country Club, PPL Aquatics, Port Credit Yacht Club, Sporting Life and the City of Mississauga. The bench plaque is actually from the City of Mississauga Parks Department.

The City of Mississauga has a graffiti reporting section on its website. Once the graffiti is reported, the city will investigate within five business days. They will remove graffiti on city property.

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