The Giles Blvd entrance to Windsor Grove Cemetery
Dax Melmer / Windsor Star
Historic Windsor Grove Cemetery is non-profit, non-denominational and established in 1866. So many forgotten gravestones have been vandalized, or are leaning precariously, just forgotten over time.It has a war memorial honouring those soldiers from the First and Second World Wars interred there, a memorial honouring firefighters who have passed and are buried there, while the Chinese community recently built a memorial honouring Chinese who were buried there so very long ago, pioneers to the Windsor area.Notable persons buried at Windsor Grove Cemetery include Windsor’s first mayor in 1858, Samuel Smith MacDonell, Gordon McGregor, who in 1904 helped establish Ford of Canada, and Frederick Scott Seagrave, a fire truck manufacturer.It’s a disgrace that such a historic cemetery would be suffering from so many gravestone appearance failures.So many gravestones fallen, so many gravesites forgotten. Possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars will have to be spent to bring Windsor Grove Cemetery’s gravestones back to a respectable condition.This community has an inherent responsibility to not only protect, but preserve the appearance of this cemetery, while ensuring the cemetery is protected from the ravages of time.This historic cemetery, that is 153 years old, is a Windsor jewell, located in the heart of Windsor. It encompasses Windsor’s history. However, being non-profit, and due to its age, costly maintenance projects have become an ongoing challenge for its trustees and general manager. Funds are limited, causing a backlog of needed maintenance.They could use some help!Peter J. Middlemore Sr., WindsorShare Your ViewsSend letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t send them as attachments; put them in the body of the emails.) Letters must include your full name, address and phone number. (We will only publish your name and the municipality where you live.) Letters must be fewer than 300 words. The Star reserves the right to edit, condense and reject letters.