Great kind­ness at sad time

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

I have chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease and am on oxy­gen 24/7. I was at­tend­ing a dear friend’s grave­side ser­vice on Aug. 23 at Kil­do­nan United Ceme­tery on Main Street. It was an ex­tremely hot and hu­mid day, which is not good for my breath­ing or en­ergy level.

I was not able to walk from the park­ing lot to the grave­side, a fair dis­tance. My daugh­ter talked to the groundskeeper, and the next thing I knew, he was in the park­ing lot with his small trac­tor. He had put old jack­ets and a blan­ket on the box be­hind the seat for us to sit on.

He helped me on and drove me to the grave­side for the ser­vice. We were lead­ing ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance to the grave. He then waited un­til the ser­vice was over and came back to pick me up and take me back to my sis­ter’s car.

Un­for­tu­nately, I do not re­mem­ber his name, but I hope he reads this and knows how grate­ful I am. It was prob­a­bly a first for a funeral ser­vice. He will never be for­got­ten for go­ing above and be­yond the mean­ing of kind­ness. I will surely pay it for­ward in some way.

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