Evidently, ‘only in Canada’ could a prime minister drop dead in the Queen’s house and nary a Canadian is aware of this event.
On Dec. 12 we celebrated the 118th year since Sir John Thompson kicked the bucket in Windsor Castle in front of Queen Victoria and all her guests.
He died from a massive heart attack putting a real damper on the Queen’s lunch party that day.
After a huge funeral in London the Queen had him shipped home in a battleship she ordered all decked out in black.
This was a very royal regal gesture on her behalf.
He is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Halifax.
This event is not celebrated because it is unknown and thus unheralded.
This is one of 99 short stories in my book Stories from the Heart of Canada.
Lane Roberts, Vernon