Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Vanasse

Thomas Vanasse gravemarker.

Thomas was a first cousin of my paternal grandmother Julie (Vanasse) Belair. He was born on 22 December 1905 in Chichester, near Chapeau, Quebec as the 13th child and youngest son of Michel and Célestine (Ranger) Vanasse. (Note that Thomas' year of birth is incorrectly shown on his gravemarker.)

Thomas died on 5 December 1983 at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C. took charge of the funeral and burial arrangements. (His patient file didn’t indicate any next of kin, and his death registration wasn’t registered by a family member.) Thomas was buried in Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery, which has scenic views of the North Shore Mountains.

It’s too bad that my family never met Thomas and that my father Maurice never knew he had a cousin living nearby in the city. This past August, my husband Michael and I were in Vancouver and we took the opportunity to visit Mountain View Cemetery. We located Thomas' grave situated in a pathway that lies between the plots running north to south. I was glad to see that the granite marker was in good condition. We took a few photos, said a prayer, and then continued with the rest of our day. 

Copyright © 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.

1 comment:

  1. Someone made a grave error on the headstone :)