Ruins plaque remembers ‘godly people’
The sounds of the pipes were calling this weekend as families and clans gathered at the St. Raphael’s Ruins to honour the memory of their loved ones.
The Memoriam Plaque unveiling took place Sunday, opening with the heart-warming sounds of Robbie Moffat on the bagpipes as families wandered the ruins and caught up with friends and neighbours.
Friends of the Ruins Treasurer Ed Allinott, emcee for the event, welcomed guests with his witty banter and charm before Chairperson Diana Sturkenboom and Secretary Wanda MacDonell unveiled the plaque.
“They were godly people, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten,” read Vice Chairperson Glenda McDonell from the book of the prophet Sirach.
A thoughtful choice to honour the likes of Joan P. (Barton) MacDonald who helped spearhead the restoration and preservation of the historic “Her loss to the St. Raphael’s Ruins committee, we lost the backbone of our committee for awhile,” said Ms. McDonell. “She was instrumental in being behind the many grant applications that we made and they were probably by the hundreds. Her integrity and commitment to the ruins were wellknown in the community and she served the Friends of the Ruins committee well. She’s sorely missed to this day and it was a privilege to honour her today.”
Others honoured at the event included former Charlottenburgh Reeve Gérard Brunet and his wife Noëlla (née Massie) Brunet; Norvan Grant and his parents Ivan and Nora (née Routhier) Grant; Henry and Isabelle (née Routhier) Duggan; Ernest and Dorina (née Gaucher) Johnson; Allan L. and Anna MacDonell; Bernard, Theresa, George and Roy McDonell; Alexander “Sandy John Allan” McDonell and Janet Ann “Jenny Christopher McRae” McDonell; Garry Moffat; and Bertha (née Renaud) Russell.
“The plaque is to remember our former parishioners and friends and to honour them,” said Ms. Sturkenboom.
“It’s also a fundraiser for the Friends of the Ruins to help cover the costs of the plaques and the protection and preservation of the ruins.”
More than 150 people were in attendance for the ceremony which was followed by a light lunch and social at the Parish Centre where family members were encouraged to share their memories of those who meant so much to the parish and to the community of St. Raphael’s.
For more information, contact the Friends of the Ruins at 613347-2352.
IN MEMORIAM: Diana Sturkenboom, President of the Friends of the Ruins, and Secretary Wanda MacDonell unveil the new memoriam plaque on the north side of the St. Raphael’s Ruins.