First ever memorial service planned for Shelburne fishermen who have ‘lost their life to the sea’


Published on April 19, 2017

Shelburne's Fisherman Memorial

©Amy Woolvett photo

Jim Buchanan was only 44 years old when he lost his life to the sea.

Standing over six-foot-four and with a heart seemingly just as big, Buchanan was known in the community as the ‘gentle giant’ before he fell overboard while fishing in January 2017.

When he went overboard into the six degree water, it took the crew only moments to double back and bring him back on board, but it was still too late.

Buchanan’s name is the most recent in a series of people who were lost to the sea in the town and the Municipality of Shelburne.

Hundreds of names are already etched on the Fisherman’s Memorial in Shelburne, and Buchanan’s name is one of the new names that will be added to the list that dates back to the late 1800s.

Town staff are reaching out to the community to see if there are any other recent names that aren’t currently on the list in preparation for the first ever Fisherman’s Memorial ceremony.

Shelburne’s mayor, Karen Mattatall, knows the fishermen who have passed might be gone, but they are far from forgotten. She feels it’s important the community honour their memory.

“Fishing, and fishermen, have always long since been the backbone of this community,” said Mattatall.  “We have a beautiful memorial site dedicated to those who have lost their life to the sea while doing their job, so I felt that it was time that we honour them with a memorial service.”

The service will take place on June 11 at 2 p.m. The names of all the fishermen will be read aloud.  Families and friends will have the opportunity to lay a flower in the water in honour of the fisherman lost.

 “It is the first but I am hoping it will continue every year,” added Mattatall.

 

To get a name added on the memorial contact Karen Mattatall at 902-875-4348