Assiginack pays tribute to officer killed at marina

Will be renamed for Marc Hovingh’s boat, ‘River Road’

MANITOWANING—The current name of the Bay Street Marina in Manitowaning will be renamed in memory of the late Marc Hovingh, the Ontario Provincial Police constable who was killed in the line of duty in November 2019. The agent was an avid sailor. .

“The municipality wanted to honor Marc and felt it would be an appropriate tribute for his commitment and dedication to the community,” said Jackie White, Activities Coordinator for the Township of Assiginack. “We spoke to Lianne (wife of the late Mr Hovingh) about our thoughts on possibly doing something to honor Marc and discussions have been going on for over a year now. The township was favored with the suggestion to rename the marina in memory of Marc.

The current Bay Street Marina in Assiginack is to be renamed River Road Marina (the name of Mr Hovingh’s boat) in memory of Marc Hovingh, Ms White explained.

“I think it is very fitting and appropriate to rename the marina in memory of Marc,” said Assiginack Reeve Dave Ham. “And he liked to sail.”

Reeve Ham explained: “We tried to figure out what we were going to do to honor Marc’s memory. We had to find something to recognize his commitment and dedication to the community.

“The whole island is invited to participate in the renaming ceremony,” Ms White said. “Marc and his family live here (Assiginack), but he was very well known all over the Island and his family has ties all over the Island.

The marina’s renaming will be part of a public dedication July 1 on the Manitowaning waterfront at 11:30 a.m.

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