WOODVILLE – Trina Foote and Alice VanHattem hugged, laughed and shed some tears as they recalled George Foote’s lasting legacy at the Woodville Community Centre.
The two women are his wife and sister, respectively, and were both in attendance at the unveiling ceremony for two new spaces within the centre – one a board room, and the second a weight room – that are both named for Foote, who passed away in March at the age of 83.
“It’s bittersweet for all of us – it’s joyful, but also a sad time for us. He was a big part of a lot of lives, and we miss him,” said VanHattem
“It’s happiness,” added Trina Foote, tears welling in her eyes and a smile on her face.
Both spaces are bright, airy and have received plenty of positive feedback, according to VanHattem. The new board room, with two of its walls featuring the building’s original exterior brick work, will be used by the committee and also rented out to the community for use.
“There are always those that wonder why a project is happening, and we certainly persevered through that, but now people are seeing how great these rooms are, and how great they’ll be for this centre,” she said. The weight room was created within the centre’s fitness area in its basement to create a defined space for those wanted to concentrate on lifting, rather than cardio activities and to make them more comfortable, said VanHattem, who serves as co-chair of the centre’s recreation committee.
Foote was a celebrated member of both the Woodville community and the centre’s committee, having served as its chairman for over 30 years. The event drew family, friends, community members and even a Member of Parliament, with Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison in attendance.
Foote was also known for organizing Woodville’s annual Apple Blossom barbeque. A picture of him on duty at the barbeque preparing the chicken will soon be among those hanging at the centre.
“George was able to excite people about doing a new project. For lots of things we’ve done – George was that person. Because this was his dream to do this, we wanted to honour him with that,” said VanHattem.