A Lusitania Memorial Appeal


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At long last an update on this worthy project begun two years ago. After much red tape and fund raising, the memorial stone to Barbara's dear mother and baby brother is in place in Darlington. Heartfelt thanks to all who sent money, donations for the auctions, support and encouragement both in the U.K. and America. We received donations both big and humble from school children, Titanic societies and admirers of Barbara McDermott everywhere. This upcoming week, flowers will be placed for the first time at a memorial stone to these tragic victims of the Lusitania story, from Barbara and her family, by Cliff Barry, whose tireless efforts in procuring permission and cooperation in Darlington have brought this project at last to fruition. Barbara, who has had a difficult year following a fall and two eye surgeries, is so happy, as is her family about this permanent tribute to their lost family so far way. Barbara remains cheerful and positive in spirit, and an inspiration to all who meet her. Photos will be posted soon of the finished memorial, with my gratitude for all those at ET and elsewhere who paused in their busy lives to remember this wonderful lady with generosity and good wishes.
 
May 12, 2005
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Thanks for the update, Shelley. Cliff Barry has indeed done an incredible job and his devotion to Barbara is to be commended. I look forward to hearing more about the memorial and to seeing the pictures. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I hope Barbara is feeling better now and that she knows she is loved by many people.
 
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Sorry for the delay in posting a picture of the memorial stone, here it finally is, on a recent visit to see Barbara and her family at the begining of October this year Shelley, Mike Findlay and myself gave Barbara and her family the news of the appeal success and the photo's, the family also now own the rights to the grave in Darlington, as shelley has said previously, a big thank you to everyone who contributed and made this projecy such a success

[This and subsequent posts have been edited/deleted as the images failed to upload - Paul Rogers]
 
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Yes, it looks like you’ve finally got it, Cliff! In the meantime, here’s a larger version of the photo you sent me. Sorry I didn’t check my email in time to help earlier. My congratulations to you, Shelley, Mike and others who have worked so hard to help Barbara. I’m sure she and her family are very pleased. The grave stone is beautiful! Great work Cliff!

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You’re welcome, Cliff.

You know, after the initial excitement over the project succeeding, I’m feeling a little sad now about the poor mother and baby who’ve slept unremembered for so long. This was really a great thing that was done. I hope everybody will take a moment and pay their respects to Emily and little Frank.

Randy
 
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Although Purser Wiliam Harkness,has been covered in another thread, i dont think it has been posted as to what happened to Barbara's saviour, born on 18th June 1885 Harkness spent 34 years at sea and travelled over 2,000,000 miles during that time, In early 1938 he retired from the Cunard Line due to ill health and unfortunately passed away 13th July 1938 from a weakness of the heart, he was buried in the Liverpool/Birkenhead area, it is such a shame that Barbara never had the opportunity to meet him

Cliff
 
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I received your email to help post the photo- but it seems it worked just fine all along, Cliff- and it looks wonderful! This could never have happened without you, for the red tape, and necessity of having to be British, not to mention numerous trips to Darlington were beyond my scope! Thanks to all at TIS, BTS, and the many people who sent in cash in envelopes, items for auction, and support from all corners. It was good to witness you present the grave paperwork and transfer officially to Barbara and her family last month, and I know how much it meant to all of them to know that Emily and the little one will be always remembered. Another wonderful thing has happened over the last week, for which we are all so grateful, the vision loss in Barbara's bad eye, which had so diminished her quality of life, returned inexplicably and once again she will be able to enjoy going to church, crochet and cooking. It's been a month full of good news for the family. And- the pink roses were so lovely on the day of dedication in Darlington. Job well done- it's a good feeling.
 

Mike Poirier

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Cliff,
I am glad that NYT article regarding Harkness's later career that I sent you (courtesy Paul Latimer) was of use to you.
 
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Mike, Paul Latimer please forgive for not acknowledging the NYT article, as i have said privately it was pivitol in locating the the information and where abouts of William Harkness

thanks again

Cliff
 

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