Over forty people, family and friends, including members of St. John’s Church in Ida, joined in celebrations on July 31, to recognize the retirement of Allen McCamus from the Cemetery Board and as a happy coincidence, the birthday of Allen’s wife Waunita.
Allen had faithfully served this entire community for over 50 years as a member of the Cemetery Board, as a grave digger and as superintendent for over 30 years. While on the farm or in connection with the cemetery, Waunita and Allen were a team, working together, side by side.
To recognize this very significant contribution, and as a gesture of appreciation, St. John’s Cemetery Board, led by current superintendent Chad LaPerle and St. John’s Church, represented by Warden Don Winslow, organized this evening at the Church Hall. After a brief reception, and a delicious meal, there was a presentation of a brass plaque inscribed with Allen’s name, to be displayed permanently at the entrance to the cemetery.
Flowers and a birthday cake were also presented to Waunita and Allen. The evening was completed with wonderfully entertaining stories and music supplied by the Verandah Society, Megan Murphy and Kate Suhr.
It was a joyful evening and a fitting recognition for so many devoted years of service maintaining this beautiful old cemetery on the hill, which has served this entire community for over two centuries.
By Phil Winslow