Missing tribute medal returned to gravesite
A Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletic Association championship medal won by Courtney Gilbert and left at the grave site of former teacher Dave Lane that had gone missing was returned on Tuesday. (JACOB ROBINSON Simcoe Reformer)
A missing medal paying tribute to former Norfolk teacher Dave Lane has been returned.
Last week, Delhi Raiders senior Courtney Gilbert won the Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletic Association (NSSAA) girls singles badminton title at Holy Trinity in Simcoe. The 17-year-old then went to nearby Oakwood Cemetery and placed her medal at the grave site of Lane, a beloved teacher who died from esophageal cancer at the age of 44 in February.
Less than a day later, Lane's wife Sally discovered the prize was missing. On Tuesday, however, the medal was found hanging beneath a bouquet of flowers atop the tombstone.
“Somebody had called my mom and said they had been to the grave site and it was back,” Sally said.
“I was driving anyways so I decided to swing back around and there it was, front and centre ... I just couldn't believe it. I'm amazed, A, that it happened so quickly, and B, that it's actually back. I'm thrilled.”
Sally went on to say her two children, Sydney, 4, and especially Stephen, 6, would be excited about the return of the medal, a memento they will add to a memory book of their father.
“His reaction is going to be over the top, no doubt,” she said of Stephen. “He's just going to be so thrilled.”
After being diagnosed in August, Lane travelled to the U.S. to receive treatment unavailable north of the boarder. Residents of Norfolk and beyond rallied to raise over $100,000 to help fund the trip.
Sally thanked the person(s) that returned the medal, and all those responsible for the outpouring of support for the Lane family in the past year.
“I want to thank the community,” she added. “Again and again I just cannot believe how wonderful everybody is in this community.”
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