A Resting Place

Lorraine and I went to Montreal on Friday to make final arrangements for my mother’s burial.

She will rest beside my father at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Pointe-Claire. It had been 40 years since I last visited the site.

My father was a World War I veteran and the military had placed a marker for him on the gravesite. That stone, as you can see in the above photo, is clearly visible.

The family stone, however, had been completely overgrown by a large bush. From the front, only the very top of the stone was visible.

The plot holds a perpetual care agreement and I asked Lakeview to remove the bush and to lay down new sod. We will be holding the memorial service for my mother in early October and hopefully the site will be cleaned up by then.

I finalized all of the arrangements with Lakeview and paid the fees.

We spent some time at the gravesite and then we went to visit my childhood homes in Montreal: 754 40th Avenue, Lachine, 284 Brookhaven Avenue, Dorval and 56 Sunny Acres, Baie D’Urfe.

Friday was an emotionally tough day. Lots of memories.

1 reply
  1. Jacky
    Jacky says:

    Richard,I was fascinated to read this post, and recognise the family memorial, despite it being so overgrown. I am researching the lives of three of the Cleavers who lived in Lachine for so long, and I wonder if I might ask who your father was? Walter, Herbert and Charles all have military grave markers. Would be delighted to hear from you if you get chance to email. Many thanks


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