Monday, 25 June 2012

new plaque

for the Willises 

a newer plaque has been installed on this weatherworn gravestone marker for George Willis who was born 18 December, 1856 and emigrated to Canada in 1871. The census records list him as a miller (1881) and a farmer (1891, 1901 and 1911).  George and Margaret would have two children, Minnie Dorcas (1881) and a son Guy Burlington (1879), possibly named after the area in which he was born.

at Waterdown Union Cemetery for a Taphophile Tragics

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Monday, 11 June 2012

Van Elswyck

from our family farm
where you helped us work the land
to the greatest farm of all
guided now by God's own hand

the Van Elswyck name is well known in the local farmer's markets

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Monday, 4 June 2012


Chris Skinner was a youth with dreams. And a binge drinking problem. He died of acute alcohol poisoning while at a house party. It was a sad story, that ended the life of this young man where the adults in the house were ineffectual in putting any stop to the underage drinking that went on, or in getting help for Chris when it appeared he was most in need of it. This past winter an inquest was held, with many recommendations made, though few preventative measures were suggested. Chris was buried in a suit, because he 'liked to dress up' and a few years previously, in an essay on funerals he wrote that he thought mourners should wear bright colours "as a symbol of the happiness the deceased had impressed upon them".
for a Taphophile Tragics at Waterdown Union Cemetery