On behalf of my three sons, Bill Darren, Larry and myself I wish to thank you sincerely for your kindness and generosity. The monument was installed on Sunday and I am quite pleased with it.
We would like to tell you how happy & thrilled we were to see the beautiful stone. The light house was more impressive than the pictures could portray. The base also again more than we could see in the pictures. The step’s carved in and waves below.
I have loved lighthouses my whole life and have seen tons in our travels. Often going out of our way to drive and see them.
To all of your staff. I have not seen such a tribute to us as we are still alive to see it. And the light will light our way into the next life. The anchor and horse shoe done superbly.
To all the staff we thank you so much.
Mike & Barb Dondale
To the Editor,
Were you ever on the receiving end of a good deed that was totally unexpected and be at a loss for the right words to express just how appreciative you really are? The staff and board of directors at Elmwood Cemetery felt that way on Nov. 12, and we still do.
Each spring Elmwood Cemetery generally has some monuments down due to frost action over the winter, but this year was exceptional. We had more than usual down, about 150, some due to winter frost, but in addition to those, we had a large number down due solely to vandalism.
This year Superintendent Glen Beaulieu started a remedial program on monuments that had fallen over due to frost. Rather than just resetting the monument and have it possibly fall over again next spring, he took corrective action, digging the old foundations out and resetting the monument so that hopefully they will never fall again. His task was complicated by the large number of monuments downed by vandalism. When monitoring the grounds he noticed the same ones knocked over again. With the demand of regular work also needing attention, it was just too much for him to fully complete the mammoth task this year. We commend Glen and his hardworking staff for their excellent efforts.
On Nov. 12, Nelson Monuments, a company having many years association with Elmwood, came to our rescue. They recognized the problem we were having with downed monuments and took action. Nelson’s made a generous donation of their staff’s time and equipment to assist the Elmwood Cemetery staff. Their crane truck with its 40-foot reach was a wonder to watch, and within five minutes of watching their two experienced crew resetting monuments, it was clear these men did not waste time; it was a sort of poetry in motion.
On behalf of the Elmwood Cemetery board, we express our sincerest gratitude to Nelson Monuments for their generosity.
Board Member and Secretary,
Elmwood Cemetery Company,