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Memorial built by West Hants residents to honour four people lost in flooding

By Evan Taylor Aug 4, 2023 | 12:54 PM

A memorial tree was decorated in Windsor to honour the four West Hants residents killed in the recent flooding. Photo: Penelope Taylor.

The devastating flash flooding in July that claimed the lives of two children, a teenager, and an adult has left the community mourning. In downtown Windsor, a memorial tree for Wayne Boyd, a beloved local resident who used to enjoy sitting under its branches at a picnic table, has now become a place to remember the victims of the West Hants flood.

The tree, adorned with colorful ribbons, has seen an outpouring of support from the community. People have added dozens of stuffed toys, musical instruments, trinkets, and photos of the four individuals lost in the flood. Solar lights now illuminate the tree, creating a peaceful and poignant atmosphere.

Christina Dowe, who knew two of the victims personally, was one of the key figures behind decorating the tree. She felt compelled to ensure that the memories of those lost in the tragedy would not fade away. Many others joined in, including Joleen Brown, Tina Barry, David Ettinger, Lisa Lantz, Chrystina Purvis, and Claudette Maxwell. The community has been continuously contributing items to the memorial, which has been heartwarming for Dowe to witness.

The victims of the flood include Nicholas Holland, a 52-year-old father of two and bassist in the heavy metal band Hogtooth. Colton Sisco, aged 6, loved superheroes, farming, and the cartoon Grizzy and the Lemmings. Natalie Harnish, also 6, enjoyed dressing up as a princess, loved the color purple, and had fond memories of visiting Oaklawn Farm Zoo and cheerleading. Terri-Lynn Keddy, aged 14, who had recently fought cancer, was known for her constant smile and joyful demeanor.

Terri-Lynn was the last victim to be recovered after an extensive search effort that lasted until August 1. Dowehas also added Tinkerbell items to the tree in her memory.

For Dowe, the tree has become a significant place of solace. She visits it every morning and night, often sitting at the nearby picnic bench with a friend. Her hope is that the memorial remains in place as a reminder of the beautiful lives that were tragically cut short.

West Hants Mayor Abraham Zebian, addressing the media on August 2, emphasized that all four missing members of the community were brought home to their loved ones. He acknowledged the profound impact of their loss on the tight-knit community, and assured the families that they are not alone, stating, “The whole community has become your family.”


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