First-Annual Rougemont Ancestors Day

On behalf of the Ancestors Day Committee, I want to thank everyone who participated in today’s celebration of the inaugural Rougemont Ancestors Day. The event was a great success! We all know Rougemont is a special place, but I feel the level of participation today was a testament to just how deeply its citizens, and those of us who keep a piece of Rougemont in our hearts, care about their families and neighbours.

In the years ahead, I truly hope this event becomes an annual tradition. It’s a time for us to pause and celebrate the memories of all those who’ve gone before us. And an opportunity to reconnect and celebrate each other.

I wish to offer a special thank you to all those who donated their time or money to help make today possible and, in particular, to our father, John Standish, who had the vision for Ancestors Day.

This section of the website will be devoted to discussion and memories. Please use the comments function below to talk about today’s event and share your recollections of relatives and friends.

Rougemont has a rich history going back more than 200 years. It’s my hope that we all take part and record even just one part of our collective story. That way, our children and their children and their children’s children will always know where they came from.

Matthew Standish

5 Responses to “Comments”

  1. Nancy Standish-Page October 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm # Reply

    I just wanted to send a note to say thank you and congratulations to all of the organizers and contributors of the first Ancestors Day.
    As the pamphlet said, Family, Respect and Love. I think all of us felt the importance of all three.
    It was a perfect fall day, the colored leaves, the beautiful blue sky and the peaceful quiet setting of the church and cemetary made it so special.
    Although physically the congregation celebrating inside the church was separate from the “congregation” in the cemetary I felt we were one, celebrating those who have gone before and those that are here now. I am sure the cemetary congregation was looking down, smiling proudly and happy that they were being honoured and remembered. We may be physically separated, but spiritually we are still together,.
    It was obvious the organizers put a lot of time,thought and effort into the celebration. From the special vases, Rev. Blizzard’s service, the music, the delicious food at the luncheon (hat’s off to the pie bakers), the little touches of the tableclothes and flowers on the tables, it was all wonderful.
    Thank you again. It was truly a day to celebrate our ancestors.
    Yes, Family, Respect and Love
    Well done.
    Nancy Standish-Page.

  2. Audrey Eastwood October 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm # Reply

    Congratulations on a most wonderful First Annual Ancestors Day. Everything was perfect, including the weather. The vases and flowers, the church and the service, the lunch and the official welcome – all so carefully and meaningfully planned. I know how much effort and work was involved. Kudos to the crews that mowed and cleaned and polished and decorated and made apple pies, and to the cleanup crew. It was a happy day.

    It occurred to me today that in my lifetime, I have known five generations of our family – from John and Priscilla to their great great grandchildren.

    I’m glad that this is to be an annual happening.

    Thank you so much.


  3. Kim (Eastwood) Dandridge October 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm # Reply

    Thanks for the great day and especially for the apple pies! My grandmother (Daisy) always made delicious apple pies, served, of course, with cheese. Instead of getting odd looks, I felt quite at home enjoying my cheese with my pie. Mmm.


  4. Jean Jones September 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm # Reply

    A wonderful review Matthew! We were thinking of you all today.

    Wes and Jean Jones.

    • Dave Jones September 30, 2013 at 1:48 am # Reply

      Well done Matt and hopefully I have attached a photo of the sugar shack your Dad “Donated” for the 1st Otterburn Scouting Group back in the 1970’s

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