Mason Begins Repairing Vandalized Headstones

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Fixing hundred year old head stones isn't exactly an easy task.

Just ask mason Matt Williams.

"You're dealing with small pieces. You know, you never had a picture of what it looked like in the first place, so you're kind of trying to get it together as best you can," he said.

Earlier this month, vandals broke 16 headstones at Evergreen Cemetery in Felts Mills. Some of the stones were almost 200 years old and a few were for veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. 

And when Williams, the owner of North Country Masonry, heard about that, he decided to donate his time to fix the stones. He started work at the cemetery Monday.

Williams is from Norwood and had never heard of Felts Mills before the incident, so why is he doing this? 

He says its not just about righting a wrong, its personal.

"My 19-year-old daughter was killed in October and cemeteries took on a different meaning to me," he reflected.

William's daughter Amber died in a car crash and fixing these stones is a way to heal.

"Here, I'm getting something rewarding out of it. I feel like I'm doing something, I'm giving something back," Williams explained.

"Normally I'm just in a cemetery mourning and not feeling too good, where here, I feel like something's actually getting done," he said.

Williams fixed half of the stones on Monday and expects to finish the rest by the end of the week. 
 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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