A salute to Don­nie

Friends cre­ate me­mo­rial for RCMP of­fi­cer who lost cancer bat­tle in Fe­bru­ary

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY CARL ROSE

Un­doubt­edly, the late Ret. Cpl. Don­nie De­veau made a last­ing im­pres­sion on the community he loved in his ca­pac­ity as a po­lice of­fi­cer and as a friend to many.

A large crowd of his friends and some fam­ily mem­bers as- sem­bled on the Grand Bank na­ture trail Aug. 15 as the ‘Friends of Don­nie held a cer­e­mony ded­i­cat­ing a me­mo­rial site in his hon­our.

De­veau’s sis­ter Lynda McEwen trav­elled from Nova Sco­tia to be part of the cer­e­mony hon­our­ing her brother, who passed away on Feb. 11 of this year.

The site con­sist­ing of a bench bear­ing the RCMP crest, a sign and a small flowerbed is lo­cated on the trail just be­low the salmon lad­der – a place where Don­nie and his dog Daisy of­ten stopped to rest, where he gave his dog a treat and maybe a drink in the brook and where both en­joyed the beauty of the area.

Af­ter cancer side­lined De­veau from his po­lice du­ties, he and his dog walked the na­ture trail daily as a form of ex­er­cise and ther­apy. His many friends he met on the trail ad­mired him for his courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion as he bat­tled his ill­ness.

CARL ROSE PHOTO

Der­rick Dunne pre­sented a pic­ture of the site to Sharon De­veau. Robin Smith (be­tween Dunne and De­veau) and Ge­orge J.B. Rose (far right) joined Dunne for the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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