Julie Evans

West Shore condolences collected for slain reservist’s family

Sands Funeral Chapel gathering messages for Nathan Cirillo's family

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Ottawa that shook the sense of security that all Canadians take for granted, Sands Funeral Chapel is encouraging the community to come in and sign their book of condolences for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s family.

“This small gesture will have a ripple effect in our small communities,” said Julie Evans, manager of the Langford Sands location. “Each of us is impacted by the death of this soldier.”

The book, with its pages already filling up with messages of gratitude and sympathy, is available to the public at Langford City Hall today (Oct. 29), and Colwood City Hall tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. From Friday until Nov. 10, the book will be available at Sands Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Ave., Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sands has also put together a travelling book of condolences, and will be taking it throughout the West Shore to people who may not have the mobility to come in and sign.

Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 will find the book at the Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave., and afterwards it will be mailed to Cirillo’s family in Nova Scotia, sending a small sliver of the support and sorrow the entire country is pouring out to them.

“As the world around us changes, we see more than ever the importance of taking a moment and paying tribute to those who have served, and those who continue to serve to protect our rights and freedoms,” Evans said. “(This) gives us an opportunity to unite as one with our grief.”

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