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Canso remembers lost fishermen and fisherwoman

Participants in the 42nd annual Seamen’s’ Memorial Service in Canso included Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) councillor Fin Armsworthy (left), Municipality of the District of St Mary’s Warden Mike Mosher, MODG Deputy Warden Sheila Pelly, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, Canso Lions King Lion Janet DeLorey and Lion Ray White. Judy White photo
Participants in the 42nd annual Seamen’s’ Memorial Service in Canso included Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) councillor Fin Armsworthy (left), Municipality of the District of St Mary’s Warden Mike Mosher, MODG Deputy Warden Sheila Pelly, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, Canso Lions King Lion Janet DeLorey and Lion Ray White. Judy White photo - Contributed

CANSO, N.S. - A large crowd gathered Aug. 12 at the Seamen’s Memorial in Canso for the 42nd annual Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service.

Lion Ray White and King Lion Janet Delorey welcomed area clergy, politicians and visitors from around the province.

Area churches participated in the service with Rev. Heather Manuel, from Saint Paul’s United Church, reading the opening prayer, and Elsie David, from the Canso Christian Centre, the first reading followed by a song from the Canso Ecumenical Choir.

The second reading was done by Pastor Marsha Allen from Beacon of Light Ministry, and it was followed by a second song by the Canso Christian Centre. The meditation prayers were read by Father Jonathan Nnajiofor from Star of the Sea Church, followed by the Prayer of the People by Rev. Betty Wheeler from United Baptist Church. This was followed by a song by the All Saints Anglican Church.

After the readings and prayers, members of the honour guard from the 5th Canso Scouts and Hazel Hill/Canso Volunteer Fire Department lowered the Canadian flag, which was followed by a moment of silence for lost fishermen and women. Piper Sandra MacIsaac and Arid MacIsaac played a piper’s lament as the flag was raised as a special salute.

Remarks from special guests included Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, the provincial Minister of Fisheries and Aquiculture. Hines spoke about the importance of the fishery in Nova Scotia and the significance of the annual memorial service.

Municipality of the District of Guysborough councillor Fin Armsworthy also reflected on the importance of the fishery, and the personal connection his family had with the fishery.

Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s Warden Mike Mosher brought greeting and, as a new fisherman, he provided first-hand knowledge of the challenges associated with the fishing industry for the many fishing communities in the municipality.

Gertie Grant sang a song for the Star of the Sea Church.

Guysborough County Inshore Fisherman’s Association member Juanita Dort and Lion Janet Delorey read the names from the memorial and ‘in memory list,’ as wreaths were laid by the special guests, family members and area businesses and organizations.

Tribute was paid to the Fredericton police officers, Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns, as well as Reid Patterson from Seaforth, N.S. and Captain Roger Stoddard from the Fisherman’s Market Provider II.

White indicated the public support was strong with the number of donations and wreaths, as well as with attendance at this years’ service.

The closing benediction by Rev. Susan Slater All Saints Anglican Church was followed by a closing poem from the United Baptist Church.

Wreaths placed at the Seamen’s Memorial will be on display until Aug. 19. At 1 p.m., area boats will meet at Whitman’s Wharf to pick up the wreaths.

Captain Garth Meade of the Sea Thunder will lead the flotilla of boats. The boats will circle the harbour before taking the wreaths out to Chedabucto Bay for a final blessing by Rev. David Wheeler United Baptist Church and laid on the sea as a tribute to lost fishermen from area communities.

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