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After over one century in an unmarked grave, North Bay man gets his due

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Bob Sears, president of the Canadian Canal Society, paid a visit to Discovery North Bay Museum to present a funeral marker for James West to the City of North Bay.

West was one of 137 workers killed while building the Welland Ship Canal. He died in 1915, and like 52 other fallen workers, his grave is unmarked.

Mayor Al McDonald gratefully acknowledged the gesture to mark West’s grave on behalf of the City. McDonald says that West’s grave is located at Terrace Lawn Cemetery and that a ceremony will be held in the spring with the marker.

Welland Canal Memorial
Photo credit: supplied

The City of St. Catharines, Ont., has constructed a memorial to honour the 137 fallen workers which will be unveiled November 12.  With a budget of $1.2 million, the memorial has been made possible with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Niagara Region, historical societies, the City of St. Catharines and significant donations from the marine industry, local businesses, and the labour community.

In addition to the construction of the memorial, individual grave markers have been made by Kirkpatrick Monuments of Fonthill, Ont., for the fallen workers who lie in unmarked graves.

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