Former Milton Rotarian, Mayor Shortlisted for School Naming


(Milton, Ont. – 4 March 2013) – The late Mike Ledwith, former mayor and charter Milton Rotary club member, has been shortlisted by the Halton District School Board for the naming of one of its newest schools.

The Rotary Club of Milton has been spearheading the drive for Ledwith’s name to be immortalized through the naming of a Milton school for several years due to the fact that Ledwith was active with the Rotary Club for over 60 years starting in 1947.

Supporting the nomination of Ledwith’s name are the Milton Optimist Club, St. Clair Masonic Lodge, E.C. Drury High School, St. Paul’s United Church, the Milton Royal Canadian Legion, Milton Probus Club, Faith United Church, and the Milton Rotaract Club, along with scores of Milton residents. Over 350 e-mails of support were received in favour of Ledwith’s nomination.

A delegation will make a presentation to the Halton District School Board on March 6, before board members vote that night to name the new school #8 which is being built at 820 Farmstead Dr.

Ledwith was mayor of Milton in 1957 and owned and operated Ledwith’s Super Save grocery store, which he opened in 1946. He was a veteran of World War II, Milton Legion member, and served as a director on the Milton District Hospital board and the Milton School Board.

During his six decades of community involvement, Ledwith was Milton Evergreen Cemetery Board President for over 25 years. In the early 1960’s, he was named Milton Citizen of the Year. In 1997, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Milton Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, Ledwith was again recognized by the Town and the province as Milton’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

He passed away in 2010.

In 2012, Ledwith’s name was shortlisted for Milton’s newest high school, but lost out to Craig Kielburger.