The family demands the return of the memorial statue stolen from the cemetery


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A former Brant County executive pleads for the return of a stolen memorial statue from her late husband’s grave.

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Mabel Dougherty visited her late husband Graeme’s grave in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at 9.30am on July 12 to mark his 87th birthday.

She pruned some faded flowers, loosened the soil and watered the plants. The memorial statue of a boy driving a tractor stood in the flower bed where it has sat for five years. Her husband died in April 2017.

“Graeme started plowing at age 13, so this tractor and boy was a fitting tribute to his life. He was a champion plowman as well as a farmer,” Dougherty explained in a note sent to The Expositor. “This statue means a lot to me and my family.”

Dougherty left the cemetery at 78 Painter Road in Onondaga but later returned because something was bothering her. When she returned, the tractor was gone.

“Can you imagine how sick I was,” Dougherty said in his note. “It would have been devastating any day but his birthday. Shame, shame, shame.

The statue weighs 32 pounds and measures 10 inches long and 15 inches high.

It is not something that could be carried away by children. It’s something that should have been loaded into a vehicle, Dougherty said.

Dougherty asks anyone who received a cement boy on a tractor as a lawn/patio ornament to verify where it was purchased.

She also calls on people who see a new statue in a local yard that is a boy on a tractor to notify the owner of an item as if it had been stolen from a grave.

“Let’s hope the person responsible has a conscience and puts the statue back in its rightful place,” Dougherty said.

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Dougherty notified the Brant County Cemetery Office as well as the Brant OPP.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or tip online at

Brant OPP says there have been no further reports of thefts from cemeteries in the past month.

Dougherty served as Warden of the former Onondaga Township for nearly three decades and served three terms as Warden of Brant County prior to amalgamation.

The former townships of Brant County were amalgamated into a one-tier government headed by a mayor in 1999. Prior to the amalgamation, Brant had a two-tier municipal government and each township had an elected council and a reeve who also sat on the county scale. advice.

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