|Have you been to old Kildonan
Seen the Red with gentle sweep
Guard the little rude, God's Acre
Where the Selkirk settlers sleep
- John Mackay
Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery manager Reverend Richard Gillanders had no idea about the background of the MacDonald Mausoleum until a few weeks ago.
The only mausoleum in the Cemetery was a mystery to former
manager Bob Kennedy, who oversaw operations for over 20 years, as well.
“He didn’t seem to know very much about it,”
says Gillanders remembering discussions they had about the prominent
grey stone structure.
But that all changed in June. After an article in the Winnipeg
Sun about the Cemetery, an elderly woman living on Grant Avenue
contacted Gillanders. The woman’s parents, with the last name
Smith, are interred in the Cemetery – and were involved in the
grocery business in Winnipeg. The woman says they bought all their
supplies from MacDonald’s Consolidated, a former Winnipeg grocery
supply business that was eventually bought out by Safeway. She told
Gillanders that the MacDonald Mausoleum is from that family. So is the
mystery solved? Gillanders believes so but hopes to make contact with
the woman in the future to find out more.
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