Mississippi Mills honours one of their own with community fountain installation

Mrs. Catherine Cameron, wife of the late Bernard Cameron looks out at her serene patio view including a new in-water fountain. Photo credit: Stacey Roy
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Stacey Roy

This Sunday, June 10 family, friends and the Mississippi Mills community will gather behind the Old Town Hall in Almonte to remember the late Bernard Cameron with a dedication of a new Riverwalk water fountain.

The official dedication will take place June 10, 1 p.m. in the garden behind the Old Town Hall (14 Bridge Street) in Almonte. It will be held rain or shine.

“It’s a fitting memorial,” Mississippi Mills Mayor Shaun McLaughlin later added in an interview with Hometown News. “It’s something he always thought the town would need.”

Mrs. Catherine Cameron, the late councillor’s wife, couldn’t agree with the mayor more. She recalls just how connected her husband was to nature, loving to walk their property every day and remarking on its changes.

“The outdoors was his church,” Cameron said.

Mr. Cameron had frequently spoke to his wife about the desire to see a water fountain near the Barley Mow restaurant in Almonte, seeing it as a tourist attraction and beautification project for his community. The fountain’s current location was selected after discovering the current near the Barley Mow was too fast to accommodate the new water feature. It is situated at the mouth of the Riverwalk entrance, just one your left as you cross the pedestrian bridge, which is a touching location for Mrs. Cameron who can see her husband’s fountain from her home.

The idea to install the fountain in honour of Mr. Cameron came into being after a discussion between the mayor and Mrs. Cameron last year when her husband’s dream to have such a fountain in Almonte was made known.

Not long after this discussion Arbrux Manufacturing was given the contract to construct the fountain following a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. A local company, Munroe Electrical, was contracted to wire it up. Cameron said it was installed and tested just last week, which was the first time she saw the water flowing up high into the air. Witnessing the fountain officially turned on this Sunday is something she is most excited about. She hopes to see many community residents stop by for the celebratory event, saying the fountain isn’t just to remember her husband and his achievements.

“It’s a fountain for all of us,” Cameron said.

Cameron will be joined at Sunday’s dedication by her family including several siblings and her 95-year old mother.

The June 1 dedication will begin the operation of the Bernard Cameron Memorial Fountain that will continue to rain down on the waterfront day and night, as McLaughlin explains the new addition comes with lighting. Passers by can see the fountain to the left just as you step onto the Riverwalk pedestrian bridge behind the Old Town Hall.

The new water feature will certainly be a welcome addition for the community who still recalls the terrible day on February 11, 2016 when Cameron was shot and killed.

“He’s missed,” McLaughlin said.

According to his obituary, Bernard Cameron was 66 years old when he was killed. He was in his second term as town councillor in Mississippi Mills and was a strong community volunteer having served with Boy Scouts for 25 years and as a board member of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for 17 years. He was also a retired teacher.