Colborne crowd marks Remembrance Day ceremonies in Victoria Square Park

COLBORNE — They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
Sat the going down of the dun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The weather held. Despite hail and sleet through the night Nov. 10, the wind, rain and cold weather held off for the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Colborne Cenotaph in Victoria Square Park.

Parade Marshall Jim White ordered the parade participants for the march westward along King St. to Victoria Square Park Cenotaph. The pipes of the No. 413 Trenton Pipe Band skirled, the drums beating the march for the members of Br. 187, the Colborne Legion, and  a strong contingent from 429 Squadron, (Globemaster) out of Trenton which is liaised with the Colborne Legion.

This year, all the kids, Grades K through 8, from Colborne Public School were attendance, a tremendous boost to the parade. They kids were well-behaved, respectful and watchful.

There was no CD player to render Taps or the Reveille, but  Padre Barbara Anne Ramer led the service with dignity and meaning.

Poppy campaign co-chairs Carol and Gord McDonald also organized the wreath-laying at the cenotaph.

This year, the honour roll for Br. 187 members who have passed on include: Stan Todd, Albert Edwards, Clare Haynes, George Baitley  and Jim Montgomery,

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The wreaths laid were offered as follows:

Dominion of Canada, Kathy Galt; Province of Ontario, Kailyn Kelly;
Township of Cramahe  Mayor Marc Coombs;
Canadian Armed Forces, Capt. Moreau and Sgt. Lee;
Ontario Provincial Police, Inspector Doug Borton;
in memory of Capt Charles S. Rutherford, VC, MC, MM, Walter Rutherford;
Royal Canadian Legion Br. 187, President Patti May;
in memory of fallen comrades, Don Prentice;
Br. 187 Ladies , LA President Tracey Loveless;
Cramahe Twp. Fire Dept., Chief Brandon Northup;
Rotary Club of Colborne, President Al Brisco;
Lions Club of Colborne, Brenda Dohia;
Order of Masonic Lodge Colborne, Gord McArthur;
Orange Lodge, Carl Wilce;
in memory of Samuel Bachellier, Bill and Buddy Bachellier;
in memory of Wilfred Hockney, great0granddaughter Masson;
in memory of Keith Clark, Gord McDonald;
in memory of Major P.R. Jack, Taylor Ainsworth;
in memory of Frank Cochrane, Marlene Harnden;
in memory of Frank, Percy, Bill and Frank Ball, Judy Sabins;
in memory of Art and Maisie Bachellier, Bill and Budy Bachellier;
in memory of Sam Cochrane, Marlene Harnden;
Optimist Club of Colborne, Lyle Honey;
Probus Club of Colborne, Martin Noakes and Judy Eakins;
Order of the Eastern Star Colborne, Barbara Chapman and Ruth Chapman;
Salem United Church, Jim Peters;
in memory of Maj. Jack Armstrong, Jane Whaley;
in memory of Argyle, Roy and Winston Packard, Mary Learmonth;
in memory of Roy LaSalle, Ida Hartford;
in memory of Gordon “Ab” Ellis, Marilyn Babcock;
in memory of Richard Dekeyser, Lee Dekeyser;
in memory of Lt. E.V. “Buff” Jack, Taylor Ainsworth;
in memory of John Dunk, Ernie Dunk;
in memory of Dennis O’Gorman, Gord McDonald;


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2 Responses to Colborne crowd marks Remembrance Day ceremonies in Victoria Square Park

  1. Joan Leigh says:

    My father, Walter Leigh was a long time Legion member who passed away Jan 1st 2010. As I laid a wreath in his honour on November 11th it would have been nice to see his name mentioned in the list above.

    • MandyM says:

      Hello, Joan. The name of your father and the wreath to be laid in his memory were not on the official program of the ceremonies at the Colborne cenotaph, hence when the list was transcribed, the name was omitted. However, a photo was taken of you with the wreath at the ceremonies and it will be forwarded to you.