Grave theft angers family

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Esther Deville is trying not to take it personally, but its been difficult.

The Parrsboro woman was given four small solar-powered lights as a gift from a friend, in memory of her parents, the late Basil and Betty Winters.

Grave theft angers family

Esther Deville is trying not to take it personally, but its been difficult.

The Parrsboro woman was given four small solar-powered lights as a gift from a friend, in memory of her parents, the late Basil and Betty Winters. She placed two of them at the gravesite during the holiday weekend on May 21.

I chose just to put two there, so I could see how it would look, she said. I thought it was OK, and then came back a week later to have another look. It was then that I noticed they were gone.

It appeared that thieves had made off with, of all things, the two lights she had used to decorate her parents graves.

Deville had no viable explanation as to why someone would take the lights. Her initial thought was that possibly a drunk person had wandered over one night from the nearby Glooscap lounge and grabbed the lights and threw them somewhere on a lark or moved them to another grave. But she scoured the cemetery and its surrounding property and failed to come across the lights.

Another explanation she considered was that possibly a groundskeeper had moved the lights prior to mowing and failed to put them back. But a conversation with the mowers proved that to not be the case, she said.

I think this is just another episode of the general vandalism happening in this town, and its just unnecessary, she said. We had the cenotaph, Campbells store, the school, the legion This is just one small part but its an important part because its disrespectful.

It angers me that someone would disrespect a cemetery, she added.

Deville has another pair of the stainless steel lights and has yet to decide whether to put them at the grave or not. She has also discussed the theft with local RCMP,

The member she spoke with, Const. Dwayne Penney, could not be reached for comment.

But Deville is not necessarily expecting any criminal charges to come out of this.

What I would like to see happen is for the person to just put them back, she said. Shame on you. Have some respect.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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