Tom Chu’s Lonely Grave

Yesterday afternoon, after a golf tournament at eQuinelle Golf Course, I drove about 5 minutes south to visit Tom Chu’s lonely grave.
It was very easy to find the tomb which was located right behind the Dairy Barn. There were pretty artificial flowers in a basket and a broken pot in font of the tomb stone. I took some pictures and measured the distance between Tom’s grave and the edge of whole cemetery by steps, 44 in total. I remember when first person told me the story the distance was about 100 meters. I noticed that there were many new tombs in the cemetery. The gap was getting smaller and smaller over 67 years after Tom died.
Mary, the owner of Dairy Barn, happened to walk out of the door with a broomstick. I greeted her and had a brief talk. It was her that put flowers to Tom. Unfortunately, she didn’t know anything more about Tom’s background and anybody who might have known of. She’s so kind to take care of Tom’s tomb. I asked if she agreed to have a photo in my book. She said that she didn’t want to have her photo taken for public.
The words above the pointing hands were not easy to identify. I tried my best. leeniedevinity may figure them out.

4 thoughts on “Tom Chu’s Lonely Grave

    1. Thank you very much for your kind attention. I’ve finished my writing on Ottawa Chinese History in Chinese. But I haven’t written anything on this in English until I gave a speech at the Event to Mark the 70th Anniversary of the Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act on May 9, 2017. I’ve posted the speech online. Merci!

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  1. I know this is from a few years ago but I live near by and wanted to see if I could find any more information about this grave. While I was searching this popped up. I also did some more searching and I think the grave may say ” Their the weary be at rest’. It seems to fit although I realize it is not the correct form of there.

    A search says that’s Job 3.17 :”There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.”

    Some found some interesting commentary about what the verse may mean:

    There the wicked cease – In the grave the oppressors of men cease from irritating, harassing, and distressing their fellow creatures and dependents.

    And there the weary be at rest – Those who were worn out with the cruelties and tyrannies of the above. The troubles and the troubled, the restless and the submissive, the toils of the great and the labors of the slave, are here put in opposition.

    Maybe I’m wrong but I couldn’t really find anything else that would fit. I would really like to find more information about this man’s life. It’s very fascinating.

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