Marco Muzzo’s name not removed from GTA hospitals
Two hospitals that have received donations from the family of Marco Muzzo, the drunk driver who killed three children and their grandfather in an accident in 2015, say they will not remove his family’s name from their institutions.
It comes as calls grow for the Muzzo name to be erased from town as the Neville-Lake family, who lost three children in the crash seven years ago, face a new wave of tragedy. On Monday, the children’s father, Edward Lake, died.
“Marco Muzzo is responsible for the deaths of 5 people including 3 children due to drunk driving. His family should not be honored with buildings bearing his name,” said Barbara-Ann Smith, an Ontarian who started a petition which has accumulated more than 3,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
Mackenzie Health and the SickKids Foundation, associated with the Hospital for Sick Children, both told CTV News Toronto separately that they have no plans to remove the Muzzo surname from their hospitals.
A Mackenzie Health spokesperson acknowledged the enormity of the family’s loss and the public reaction following the recent tragedy in a statement released Tuesday.
“We understand the strong emotions people have expressed regarding the recognition displayed on our hospital, and we accept and respect their concerns,” a Mackenzie Health spokesperson said.
However, they said the hospital has no plans to remove the family’s name from their facility. This follows a joint $15 million donation from the De Gasperis and Muzzo families in 2017 to help build the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. Their donation came at the same time Marco Muzzo was in jail following the 2015 crash.
“We do not intend to remove the signage on the building as it recognizes the family’s long history of philanthropy, including many generous donations to Mackenzie Health. Their contributions have helped build an exceptional health care facility for the community and we are very grateful to them.
In a parallel response, SickKids acknowledged the “unimaginable grief” the Neville-Lake family is going through.
“In 2006, the Muzzo Family Foundation made a donation to the SickKids Foundation to support our operating room redevelopment project and a small plaque acknowledging the donation was placed in a nearby hallway,” the spokeswoman said. the SickKids Foundation, Sandra Chiovittit.
“There are no plans to change this donor recognition at this time.”
Meanwhile, Smith said she started a petition Monday night after learning of Edward’s passing because she couldn’t imagine his wife walking into a hospital and seeing Muzzo’s name on a wall.
“I can’t even imagine,” she said.
“If you’re really a philanthropist from the right place, you don’t need your name on a building to do it.”