Remembering Camille Cools

MARCH 5, 2014  

As many of you may be aware, this year we mark the 100th anniversary of the Gazette van Detroit (first edition published August 13, 1914). It is also the 98th anniversary of the death of the Founder of the Gazette van Detroit: Camille Cools. When Cools died on September 27, 1916 he was a 43-year-old man. He left behind a young wife and two young daughters.

Whether through indigence, neglect, or time, today no marker covers the plot at Section 44, Tier 17, Space 498 in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where he was buried on September 30, 1916. We hope to correct that.

 

Camille Cools gravesite at Mt Olivet

On a Saturday in March this was the view of his plot.

To that end we are collecting monies to commemorate this man whose penultimate gift to those of Flemish ancestry was to leave us a visual link with our ancestral homeland. If you are interested please contact us.

On August 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the afternoon, we intend to mark his grave with a new stone and his passing with a modest ceremony. We hope to have a Flemish priest present and several of Camille Cools’ closest relatives. If you are able to join us we would be grateful to have you there as we pay our respects to the man who kept alive the link between the Flemings of North America and their ancestral homes in Flanders.