Want­ing to give thanks

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self, but stated, “I called about the ceme­tery head­stone.”

Ac­cord­ing to Eleanor, the caller stated:“ We want to re­main anony­mous. We don’t want to be known who put (the head­stone) there.”

The caller de­scribed Wal­ter’s late mother, Blanche Smith, as a “dear friend,” and ex­plained the de­ci­sion to place a head­stone on her grave was a ges­ture of kind­ness that sym­bol­ized the bond be­tween the two women. Blanche Smith passed away in 1992 at the age of 92.

The caller made no men­tion of Wal­ter Smith’s fa­ther, John, who died in 1946.

Puz­zle solved?

When Wal­ter learned about the phone call, he was re­lieved to hear that a part of the puz­zle had been solved, but a lit­tle cha­grined that the Good Sa­mar­i­tan would not iden­tify her­self.

“I would like to know who you are, but what can I do?” he told The Com­pass last week.

Wal­ter said his only in­ten­tion is to say a big thank-you to whomever in­vested so much money into a head­stone.

The caller used the word “we” dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, in­di­cat­ing a sec­ond per­son, per­haps a hus­band, was in­volved.

Eleanor said the caller, think­ing Wal­ter was up­set about the head­stone, of­fered her bless­ing for him to re­move it en­tirely, but that won’t hap­pen.

“Oh, my good­ness, no, my dear! He’s quite pleased with it and wants it left like it is,” Eleanor told the caller.

“In that case,” the caller replied, “there’s no need for any­thing else to be said about it.”

Will hon­our re­quest

The Smiths’ daugh­ter-in-law, Denise, who en­cour­aged Wal­ter and Eleanor to go pub­lic with their story, said she’s just as cu­ri­ous as ever.

“ We’d like to be able to say thankyou by way of a card and a per­sonal note from us. Wal­ter did this pub­licly and Eleanor did it over the phone. It’s too bad Keith and I weren’t there so we could have our turn.”

Wal­ter is grudg­ingly rec­on­ciled to honouring the donors’ re­quest for anonymity.

“ There’s noth­ing I can do to bring that lady for­ward, and I don’t wish to press it any fur­ther. I def­i­nitely and whole­heart­edly re­spect their wish. It’s still a mys­tery that prob­a­bly will never be solved. But who­ever you are, thank-you very much. And may the good Lord take a lik­ing to you.”

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