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Soldier, sailor, tinker, tailor, the famous and the infamous -- youll find them all, and more, in Cowichans cemeteries!All have stories to tell.Tag along with well-known historian and storyteller T.W. Paterson as he guides you to some of theMoreSoldier, sailor, tinker, tailor, the famous and the infamous -- youll find them all, and more, in Cowichans cemeteries!All have stories to tell.Tag along with well-known historian and storyteller T.W. Paterson as he guides you to some of the outstanding graves and monuments in the Valleys thirteen public cemeteries.Remember theres nothing morbid about burial grounds -- theyre more like parks with their natural and landscaped greenery and quitetude. Several Cowichan churches, in fact, now invite respectful visitors to wander among the headstones, many of which are sculpted works of art, to learn more about the men and women, and sometimes thier children, who pioneered this land.Headstones, after all, are for the living. Theyre meant to be read! How many times have you wanted to know more about the persons whose final resting places are so briefly, even teasingly, identified in granite, marble or bronze?In Tales the Tombsones Tell, Paterson draws upon more than 30 years of research to tell you of some of the most colourful, most intriguing and most tragic of the several thousands who take their eternal rest from Shawnigan to Chemainus.Most, happily, achieved old age and died of natural causes. But it was a hard and dangerous life on the Vancouver Island frontier and logging, hunting and farming accidents claimed many. Some fell victim to illnesses and other medical issues that, today are treatable even preventable- some chose to end their own lives, and some succumbed to their own or others negligence or malevolence.Easy-to-follow directions % diagrams with historic and current photographs.