KAWARTHA LAKES-A memorial stone in honour of the Pinecrest Nursing Home residents who died during the COVID-19 pandemic was installed in Bobcaygeon.
The Pinecrest Memorial Stone is along the trail in the newly refurbished Bobcaygeon Beach Park on Park Street. 30 memorial trees were also planted in honour of the 30 residents of Pinecrest who lost their lives. In March of 2020, Pinecrest Nursing Home experienced one of the first significant COVID outbreaks in Canada. The memorial stone is to honour the residents as well as the healthcare staff and the community for their “unfailing support exhibited during the pandemic”
The trees and the stone were installed by the Bobcaygeon & Area Covid-19 relief fund working with the City of Kawartha Lakes for the installation. There will be a garden installed around the base in the spring – the bed around the rock was completed by the city. Rural Roots in Dunsford is donating the plants.
“I knew many of these people personally and it was so sad and shocking,” Councillor Pat Warren told Kawartha 411 News. “I think it has to be recognized that we lost those community members and they need to be honoured.”
To find out more about some of the residents and their families click here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2021/01/31/daughter-shares-heartbreak-after-losing-parents-to-coronavirus/