“True icon” Robert Pillon remembered with star on Miracle League wall

 

Robert Pillon

Robert Pillon

Robert Pillon was honoured by the Miracle League of Amherstburg last Saturday afternoon by having a star placed in his memory on the Miracle League’s commemorative wall. Ron and Richard Pillon, Robert’s brothers, place the star on the wall, located on the third base side of the announcer’s booth.

Robert Pillon was honoured by the Miracle League of Amherstburg last Saturday afternoon by having a star placed in his memory on the Miracle League’s commemorative wall. Ron and Richard Pillon, Robert’s brothers, place the star on the wall, located on the third base side of the announcer’s booth.

By Ron Giofu

 

Robert Pillon didn’t live long enough in order to play Miracle League baseball, but his presence will still be felt at the diamond for years to come.

Pillon, a local man with an intellectual disability, died six years ago but was well-known everywhere he went and Miracle League board members had no doubt he would have loved Miracle League baseball to the point where they honoured Pillon on the commemorative wall located on the side of the announce booth at the diamond.

“We thought it was really important to recognize someone who would have been a very good Miracle League player,” said the league’s publicity director Michele Vigneux. “We know in his heart, he was a Miracle League player and we wanted to honour him.”

Vigneux described Pillon as a “fixture” at local events, many of them sporting events.

Michelle Jones-Rousseau, a board member with Miracle League and a support worker with Community Living Essex County, said Pillon definitely “made his mark” on the Amherstburg community.

“Robert was someone who touched many people’s lives,” said Jones-Rousseau. “He will never be forgotten.”

Pillon also loved the Amherstburg Fire Department with many firefighters returning the favour Saturday afternoon by attending the ceremony. Many recalled Pillon’s love of the fire department and recalled interacting with Pillon at many events in town.

Brad Bondy, a volunteer with Miracle League, noted Pillon’s passion for Elvis music as one of Pillon’s favourite Elvis songs played.

“He was a true icon in the community everywhere he went,” said Bondy.

Pillon’s brothers Richard and Ron placed Robert’s star on the wall to conclude the ceremony with Ron Pillon commenting on the “legacy” is brother left behind. Ron confirmed Robert’s love of the fire department.

“You guys were fantastic when he was alive,” he said.

Ron took note of the crowd that had assembled to pay tribute to his brother.

“He died six years ago and look at the people here,” he said.

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