Michael Comstock was community activist, good friend to many and long-time President of Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). He died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 22, 2012, and on March 24 will be honoured by a new gazebo and pavilion in St. James Park dedicated to his memory. The park is located on the northwest corner of Jarvis and King streets. The gazebo is a central feature, situated closer to the King Street side of the park.
Mike was an enthusiastic guitarist and spent many hours playing for his own pleasure and that of guests, and also found the guitar his preferred form of solitary relaxation. Or just with his devoted wife Sharon as his favourite audience.
He devoted an immense amount of his time and thoughts to devising and suggesting improvements in the popular Kitchen facility upstairs in the St. Lawrence Market and was a valued community booster. Mike was also a popular community columnist in The Bulletin for a number of years.
The master plan for the revisions to the park, including the reimagined Michael Comstock Gazebo and Pavilion, will be presented in the park March 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Mike’s wife Sharon will be in attendance as will be Councillor and Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, one of his many friends. Mike’s friends and the public are invited.
— Frank Touby