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COVID-19 memorial unveiled in Vancouver’s West End

COVID-19 memorial unveiled in Vancouver’s West End
Vancouver's West End has a new memorial to honour the lives lost to COVID-19.

A new memorial to honour the lives of community members lost to COVID-19 has been unveiled in Vancouver’s West End.

The memorial, located at a bus stop near the intersection of Davie and Thurlow streets, includes a photo of Samantha Monckton and her father, who died in April after contracting the novel coronavirus.

B.C. health officials report 97 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths
B.C. health officials report 97 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths

Garry Monckton, who was blind and also suffered from dementia, lived at Haro Park Centre and was a longtime resident of the West End.

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Samantha says she played “Blue Moon” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the trumpet for her 77-year-old father outside his long-term-care facility because she couldn’t visit him during his final days.

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“My dad would have been really pleased to have been honoured like this,” she said Tuesday.

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She said the poster is a reminder of the precautions people should take to stop the spread of the virus.

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“Let’s just wear a mask and get this over with so we don’t have any more casualties like my dad,” she said.

British Columbia has lost more than 200 people to COVID-19. Nearly 20 of those deaths have been in the West End, according to the West End Seniors’ Network.

— With files from The Canadian Press