by John Cardiff
Last updated: 05 Apr 2007
If your ancestors are buried in Delhi
Cemetery, I hope you
photographed and transcribed their stone(s) last year. If not, it
may be too late.
toppled in Delhi" was the headline of last Friday's Simcoe
Reformer, reporting "one of the worst cases of cemetery
vandalism ever in Norfolk."
"It's just disgusting,
desecreting graves," Bert Hoofman, president of the Delhi
Cemetery told the Reformer. "One section looks like a
plane went down on it."
Damage was estimated at
about $5,000. The Reformer reported a truck with a
crane will be needed to put the stones back up while others are
cracked or had their foundations damaged and will require repairs.
Delhi Cemetery is not an
isolated instance. In recent years the Reformer has also had the sad
duty to report vandalism in other Norfolk cemeteries. Oakwood
Cemetery and Hazen Cemetery come immediately to mind.
reported that two youthful offenders have been charged with damage to
Delhi Cemetery stones. Police are asking the others involved to turn
reported Jack Bradfield and the staff of Bradfield
Monuments in Simcoe and Peter Mauthe and staff of J&M
Memorial in Simcoe had come to the rescue. They closed their
businesses, brought their staffs, rolled up their sleeves and made
short work of most of the damage.
"They were so disgusted
by what happened they came forward and offered to fix the headstones
free of charge," cemetery president Bert Hoofman told the Simcoe
Reformer. "This as a godsend to us."