is responsible for fixing my grand-parent’s monument”. The caretaker answered with a gentle smile: “I am glad you asked. Many families do not seem to know that when they put up a monument they are also duty bound to maintain it.” Soon after, following consultation with other family members, a new base set in place and the monument was secure.
There are several monuments in our Brookside Cemetery that need attention; a few are actually laying on the ground. Our association does not have the funds to correct the problems. We ask family members to visit the historic family plots (and should attention be needed) to contact Jim Wharry
Some of us know about the historic HillTop Cemetery that is located off Taplin Road. This cemetery was abandoned generations ago. It needs to be cleaned up. We have talked about it at many meetings, but our time is continually absorbed with other pressing issues. There are plans on the books to clean up the Hill Top Cemetery and to take action to at least treat this historic burial ground with the respect people deserve.
While Brookside Cemetery is an active burial ground, there are too few burials annually to cover the maintenance costs. We depend on donations and being remembered in your will. We are grateful for the several families who have made generous donations this year and for the bequests we occasionally receive. Should you wish to make a donation, please mail it to Gertrude Ketcham, treasurer, 3 Park, Stanstead, Qc J0B 3E0. Gertrude will issue a tax deductible receipt.
The Revs Deane and Doreen (Keet) Moffat are in the process of preparing a cemetery worship service celebrating the life of people laid to rest in Brookside Cemetery. It will be an outdoor service, held in the cemetery on Sunday, August 19 at 2:30 PM. Deane Moffat will interview local historian Steve Moore who will give an account of various persons of interest who are interred in Bookside Cemetery. Everyone is welcome