Yesterday I received a beautiful thank you letter from a lovely lady named Shirley Pilz (see letter at bottom of this post). Shirley had contacted CAFM before Christmas to inquire about getting a Heritage Stone for her beloved nephew, Keyvan, who passed away from cancer last November. She wished the Stone to be placed next to that of her father Alfred (Scotty) Jenkins whose Stone is often visited by Keyvan’s mother Wendy Chandonnet (Shirley’s sister). By having the Stones together her sister can sit in our beautiful park and remember them both. Captain Barley, Jon Ambler, WO Mike Barnucz, Allison Hetman, and the Comox Valley Air Force Association worked with the family to make it happen, and Keyvan’s Heritage Stone will be placed next to his grandfather’s at CAFM’s Heritage Stone Dedication ceremony in September, 2014.
In the course of this process an email from Shirley got lost but fortunately Keyvan’s parents Albert and Wendy Chandonnet came into the museum to drop off the paperwork for the Stone and had the email with them. In it, Shirley shared a little of her father’s story and asked if we would like to have a copy of a picture of her father playing the Last Post for one of the first pilots to return home to Trenton, ON.
I’m so grateful to Shirley and her sister for trusting me with the stories of their loved ones. One of the best things about volunteering at CAFM is that I get to play a small role in remembering the individuals who gave so much of their lives to the defence of our country and to meet the wonderful families they left behind.
As Jon Ambler always says,”History is not in the things, it’s in the people.”
If you are interested in a Heritage Stone for your loved one, please check out our Heritage Stone page.