Toronto’s largest red poppy
Hills Florist, Red Poppy, Remembrance Day
By HiMY SYeD
For the week leading up to Remembrance Day 2009, drivers and passers-by in the Bloorcourt neighbourhood west of Christie Pits park have been witness to the largest red poppy in Toronto.
It’s a tribute to all Canadian Veterans, but all the more so in memory of William George Hill. He passed away in 2001.
Lisa Hill, who is the third generation running the floral & fruit basket family business, was encouraged by her husband to create a shop window decoration with a “Big, huge red poppy with a picture of Dad” honouring her father’s military service to Canada.
Her father-in-law was also in the service so it has a double meaning for the couple.
Lisa’s dad, Wm. George Hill was a member of the Auxiliary Unit of the Canadian Army in World War II.
A black and white photo of Hill aged 19 standing in front of the original shop location at 924 Bloor Street West has been placed beside the giant red poppy in the shop window of Hill’s Florist.
Upon closer inspection, one can may notice the old neighbourhood telephone exchange name phone number of Lo.1923 or “LOmbard 1923”.
Lisa has seen people stopping by the window and having a private moment to reflect before getting on with their day, and it’s meant a lot to her.
If you want to have a look, you’d better hurry.
Toronto’s Largest Red Poppy will remain in the window only until Friday November 13, 2009.
Hill’s Florist is located at 798 Bloor Street West at Crawford Street.