Wanting to give thanks
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.
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.”