Monday, April 23, 2012

grave post #17

As you enter Mount Pleasant Cemetery from the west side of Mt Pleasant Rd you cannot miss it.

This monument sits on its own island. It is a complete overindulgence of ego. As far removed in designe from the mausoleum of the Eaton family shown last week as you are ever likely to get.

Steve Stavro was born in Macedonia and now lies under statue of Alexander The Great riding a rearing Bucephalus.

Three snarling lions stand guard around the base and just to emphasize how unfriendly they really are

two of them are resting a clawed foot on an empty warriors helmet


it is worth noting that each of these lions, and the horse, has all of its boy bits.






there are bas reliefs of ancient Hellenic scenes surrounding the pedestal



and symbols and logos of his various interests in business, sports and community and the honours he has received. These include The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team (former owner after some intricate dealings as the executor of the previous owner, Harold Ballard's will), Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, through which he owned The Raptors basketball team (which interestingly was once owned by his cousin, a rival), soccer, a race horse, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Maple Leafs Gardens, Knob Hill Farms (his grocery store which was the original big box store), The Royal Winter Fair, the Masons, the Knights of Malta and the Order of Canada















Steve Stavro was born Manoli Atanas Stavroff in Macedonia and emigrated to Canada at age seven where he was given the anglo name Steve by a teacher (as was common in those days). He became a famous and infamous person not only for his business dealings and his ownership of the losingest hockey team Toronto Maple Leafs. His first business after leaving school in grade 10 was following his father in grocery and he soon opened up the first of his 'food terminals', Knob Hill Farms in 1963. These were closed by 2000, but he was not short of investments or interests. His most passionate interests were the Leafs and his racehorses, but he was also a lifetime director of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, honorary director of the Ontario Jockey Club, a founding sponsor of the Hockey Hall of Fame, a director of The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and a campaign chairman of the Emergency Critical Care Fund of the Toronto East General Hospital.
He died on April 23rd, 2006 (though many media sources state April 24th) of a heart attack in his home that overlooked the 18th hole of the Rosedale Golf and Country Club. His monument to himself was completed less than a year previously. He was married to Sally and had four daughters and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren when he died.

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23 comments:

  1. I don't think anyone ever accused Stavro of understated elegance and the noise of his monument surley reflects the man and his ego.

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    1. yes, he wasn't as bombastic as Ballard was, but still he had a personality!

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    1. I wonder, did he think we would forget him?

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  3. Geez, I would have to agree ... just a tad OTT ...

    Male testosterone unleashed ... now ...is it just me ... or does this symbolise to anyone else, that this Stavro was a bit insecure ...

    Fascinating read ... if it was done a year before he died, is his body in there somewhere? Perhaps beneath a helmet?

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    1. that is an interesting theory that I had not though of - him being insecure!

      what does strike me, is that this is all about him, not his family. so I wonder where they fit into all of this?

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  4. What a wonderful way to honor yourself. Few of us would have the gumption to but would maybe secretly wish it.

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    1. he certainly had the money...
      I'm not so sure I would secretly wish this (it was rather ridiculed at the time of its creation)

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  5. WOW he had his hand in a lot of things...I cant imagine such a tribute to ME..lol not that would make everyone frown and ask the burning question, WTH?

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    1. and many people did, and likely still do, ask that burning question!

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  6. He certianly doesn't seem the shy and retireing type. What a fabulous memorial!

    Herding Cats

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  7. Wow, those snarling lions are fierce - I don't think I'd want them near me for eternity.

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    1. aren't they just?!! It does look like he doesn't want anybody else near for eternity, either!

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  8. What an amazing tomb! Subtle it's not and a tad tacky, but you definitely can't ignore it!

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    1. No, this cannot be ignored - it is even visible from the street.

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    1. some people do not want to go quietly

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  10. he lions are pretty scary! never saw something like that on a cemetery. now that i think of it, usually statues on cemetery are very friendly or sad looking. those lions do not really fit, i think...
    i dont know who this person was, but his grave is indeed a little too much...

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    1. perhaps the fierce lions is part of a sports metaphor?

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  11. Distinctly unfriendly - lions, horse and all! Don't think I'd want such an aggressive memorial!

    If I have to have something other than a neat plaque, then a sad angel with big wings, I think!

    Be back in two weeks, off on a cruise now!

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  12. Lions have always been a symbol of strength.
    I think this memorial is very impressive.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  13. Oh good grief.. how TOTT (Totally Over The Top)! When I first read you can't miss it, I wondered how I DID miss it when I used to travel Mt Pleasant Road every school day to get to Glendon Campus for a year... but then I read this egomaniac died in 2006, 30+ years later. LOL! I enjoiyed reading the comments and agree about the masculine insecurities... boys bits (lovely term) are central to many (but not all) male egos.

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