© Lisa Goudy
The Gary Hyland Memorial Mural, located at Home Street and Fourth Avenue Southwest.
Over 100 people crowded around the Gary Hyland mural on Saturday evening, celebrating its official unveiling and the life of a man who promoted local culture and the arts, and who was tirelessly dedication to the community.
“It’s a very fitting location,” said Hyland’s son Michael, who read some of his late father’s poetry at the unveiling on the 400 block of Home Street West.
“This was home for Dad. I couldn’t imagine anyone who loved his city and province more than Dad. You know he was going to die in Moose Jaw.”
Hyland, who published eight books of poetry and was an intricate part in developing both the Saskatchewan Festival of Words and Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, passed away in April 2011 following a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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