A wedding proposal that will last a lifetime


By Joel Charron


Ryan Pillon has always been a hopeless romantic.

So there was no doubt in his mind he wanted to do something special to ask his girlfriend of four years, Angie Argoselo, to marry him.

Pillon, 26, said he began planning the wedding proposal two months ago while he was working as a conservation officer with Parks Canada.

With the assistance of the “Keep History Alive” brick program of the Provincial Marine, Pillon contacted Jennie Lajoie of the Provincial Marine to have a brick made up with “Will you marry me” inscribed on it and have it installed in King’s Navy Yard Park amongst the rest of the inscribed bricks.

“I thought of this idea four years ago,” said Pillon. “This was something I wanted to do. Jennie was a great help. She made it really easy.”

Once the brick order was put through, Lajoie made sure the special brick was in the ground by the time Pillon returned home from Alberta.

Pillon returned home on Friday, April 19 and asked Argoselo out on a lunch date.

“We didn’t see each other for two months so we just wanted to catch up on things,” said Argoselo.

The couple walked down to the Waterfront Ice Cream Parlor for a frozen treat then took a stroll in Kings Navy Yard Park.

Angie Argoselo was more than surprised when she saw a brick asking her to marry long time boyfriend Ryan Pillon

Angie Argoselo was more than surprised when she saw a brick asking her to marry long time boyfriend Ryan Pillon

“We walked around and talked for a little while, just really soaked up the moment,” said Pillon.

When the couple made their way to the inscribed bricks, Pillon approached the area so Argoselo would be able to notice the brick.

Pillon stepped over the brick and than it caught Argoselo’s eye.

“He walked right over it,” she said. “I was looking for another brick that my brother and his wife have. When he walked over the brick, the black letters were so brand new I just saw it before he got a chance to say anything.”

Overtaken by emotion, Argoselo turned from Pillon then turned towards him, where he was waiting on one knee with a ring.

Agroselo said yes.

“I couldn’t stop giggling,” said Argoselo. “I wasn’t expecting it.  The brick completely threw me off. It was absolutely perfect.”

Pillon said there were a number of reasons why he wanted to propose the way he did.

He mentioned Kings Navy Yard Park holds special meaning to the couple; it was the venue of their first date four years ago on Canada Day to watch the annual fireworks.

Also, Pillon wanted his fiancée’s name to be engraved in stone forever.

“Angie said her last name is very special to her,” said Pillon. “Her last name will be Pillon when we marry but now Argoselo will be here forever in stone. It will be something we can show our family.”

Lastly, he wanted Amherstburg to always be a part of their lives.

“We have to move around for work right now but Amherstburg will always be a part of us,” he said.

Argoselo said the couple have been talking about getting married for some time and admits she was kind of expecting something, but nothing quite like this.

“I think the way he did it was perfect,” she said. “I love how he put so much thought into it. He’s been a romantic from the very beginning, so I’m not really surprised but it’s more than I expected.”

Pillon said they have not set a date but mentioned they are looking for sometime in 2015.

“We have to head back to Alberta, so we have a 40 hour car ride to discuss it,” he joked.

The “Keep History Alive” bricks in the King’s Navy Yard Park are the result of the vision of Carol Ferguson. It was brought to fruition by the partnership of the Town of Amherstburg with The Provincial Marine Amherstburg re-enactment unit.

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