The Jeff Wilson Memorial Courtyard features a deck with flowers surrounding it and benches where kids can spend time outside. (Dylanne Petros Pho[auth] to)
The Assurance Home blessed the Jeff Wilson Memorial Courtyard Friday while surrounded by the kids from the Assurance Home, Wilson’s family and friends.
Wilson, the founder and CEO of Cattle Baron Restaurants Inc., passed away about three and a half years ago. In his will, he donated money to the Assurance Home and made the home part-owners of Cattle Baron.
Assurance Home created a courtyard in the backyard of the home and dedicated it to Wilson.
“Mr. Wilson…had a very special place in his heart for our children,” said Ron Malone, executive director of Assurance Home. “He treated our children like they were family.”
Wilson spent a lot of time with Malone and the Assurance Home over the years.
“This was his home,” said Melanie Steele, Wilson’s sister and CEO of Cattle Baron. “Jeff definitely would be proud.”
The donations that Assurance Home received from Wilson over the years means it is one step closer to reaching its dreams.
“One of the dreams of Assurance Home is financial independency and Jeff’s gift makes us have a step toward that,” Malone said.
Overall, the courtyard is a way for the kids to remember Wilson and his generosity.
“We’re just here today to remember him, remember his kindness and his generosity and this courtyard … it’s now a place that our kids can enjoy and spend time,” Malone said. “We think that’s a wonderful way to honor Mr. Wilson, is to create a place our kids will enjoy and feel safe and that’s what he would have wanted.”