Stafford Hope – A Memorial for Runnymede’s Much-Loved Crossing Guard

A memorial will be held on Saturday January 13, 2018 for Stafford Hope, Runnymede’s beloved former crossing guard, who passed away on December 14, 2017.stafford stop.png

Hope retired in 2016 after 21 years of guiding Runnymede students, parents, and teachers across the busy Bloor West intersection near the school. Sadly, he had less than a year of retirement before cancer took hold.

Watch the tribute video.

The Stafford Hope Memorial Fund

In December, our school community and neighbouring schools raised $4400 for Stafford’s wife Velma to use towards his memorial. Thank you to everyone who contributed (especially the young boy who brought $24 in change from his piggy bank)! And thank you to the lovely ladies in the office who safeguarded the donations. Velma is deeply grateful for everyone’s generosity.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Stafford Hope Memorial Fund, please visit the GoFundMe page.

Share your Condolences

A table has been set up inside the school with photo boards and a condolence book for students, teachers, parents and community members to sign.

Memorial Details

The memorial will be held at the Bethel Apostolic Churches of Jesus Christ at 1831 Weston Road, 3rd floor, followed by a procession to Beechwood Cemetery.

Saturday January 13th
Visitation: 9-10am
Memorial: 10am-noon, led by members of the Runnymede community
Cemetery procession: 12:30pm

Show your Support for Stafford Hope

stafford stop.pngDuring his 21 years as crossing guard at Runnymede PS, Stafford Hope touched the lives of thousands in our school community.  He was a beacon of safety and familiarity, and guarded our children day after day as they crossed to school at Runnymede & Colbeck.

Stafford knew the kids by name.  He worked in the worst of weather to make sure our children arrived to school safely, and he always greeted us with a smile and – of course – a blessing.  Stafford was our very own Crosswalk Hero, and a ‘Local Legend

Sadly, Stafford’s health is failing, and a group of Runnymede parents is taking up a collection to help his family through this difficult time.  We encourage you to consider donating to this worthy cause.

For more information, please read the e-mail below.

Thank you.

We have some news to share with the Runnymede Community today.

Stafford Hope, our much-loved former crossing guard is in the last days of his battle with cancer.  He retired in 2016 after 21 years of guiding Runnymede students to class safely, but sadly had less than a year of retirement before cancer took hold.

To recognize the important role Stafford played in the lives of a whole generation of Runnymede students we are taking up a special collection for his family; a final gift from a community of people that value the positivity he brought to our school. We welcome all contributions from current or former Runnymede families, and hope that the money raised will help his family afford to honour his final wishes.

We would also love any pictures you might have of Stafford, of your children with Stafford or of just your children that we could combine to put together a Runnymede memory board. The photos would mean so much to him and his family.

Should you choose to donate, there will be a box set up in the school office until next ​Friday, and it will be outside of the senior gym if you happen to be at the school for concerts this week.

If you are unable to come by the school, but would like to make a contribution of money or photos, please contact Dale Cadeau: