Granite Marker Installation


Golden Horseshoe Division

August 20th 2021

 

Members of the Golden Horseshoe Division attended at St. Andrews Church Cemetery at Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, on Friday, August 20, 2021, to install a granite marker on the grave of NWMP #145, John Malcolm McFarland.

McFarland was the great grandson of an original settler of Niagara-on-the-Lake in the 1700s, John McFarland.

The marker was designed by Division member Dave Miller, and was produced and donated by his business, Kada Tributes.

McFarlands unmarked grave has been visited by Miller annually as part of the Veterans Grave Inspection Program. It was during one of these visits that the church administrator advised Miller that relatives of McFarland from the United Kingdom had recently attended the cemetery to visit the grave, but were disappointed to find it unmarked.

Although McFarland’s service in the NWMP was short-lived due to a medical issue, it was deemed appropriate to arrange to have his grave marked. The family home built in 1800 still exists today and is used as the McFarland House Museum. There is a long history of the McFarland family in the area, although no known members still reside there. Local historian David Hemmings who has written a book about them, was present during the installation.

It is our hope that other members and Divisions will participate in this worthwhile endeavour. Division member Sef Ginther has donated our next granite marker for the grave of RCMP #15246 Douglas Arthur Grayling.

Dave Miller
for John Keddy, President
RCMP Veterans Association
Golden Horseshoe Division

(L-R): Bob Kempf, President John Keddy, Secretary Sef Ginther, Treasurer Dave Miller, Fred Foster, Graves Committee Director Paul Richard.

 


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