Family remembers “Cannonball Granny” in Dundas Valley
Vera Campbell, known affectionately as Mumsy to her family and friends, passed away on December 2, 2011. The Dundas Valley Conservation Area was always close to Mumsy’s heart, and several donations were made in her honour by friends and family members. She and her daughter, Shelley loved to explore the Valley’s scenic beauty, visiting the area with regularity and developing close friendships with park staff. It was only fitting then for Shelley and her sisters to honour their mother’s memory with a bench at her favourite spot near the park’s main parking lot.
Shelley and her mother had developed a strong friendship with Dundas Valley staffers Pat and Karen, checking in with them during each visit to the Valley. Pat and Karen were saddened to hear of Mumsy’s passing, and knew just what the Valley had meant to her. It was no surprise to them then, when they learned of Shelley and her sisters’ plans to honour their mother’s memory at her favourite spot.
In late July, Shelley, along with her sisters Cherie and Shawn, celebrated their mother’s birthday with a visit to the bench they had placed in her honour. They reminisced about their mother, shared stories and a picnic and capped off their afternoon by singing their mother’s favourite song “Charlie Went Down in the Bucket” at full volume. It was a fitting tribute to a woman whose love of the natural world is now recognized with the following inscription on a bench in the Dundas Valley:
Dedicated to Cannonball Granny
Thank you Mumsy