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Veteran s headstone can stay where it was discovered in Etobicoke home, son says

Veteran s headstone can stay where it was discovered in Etobicoke home, son says
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TORONTO -- The only surviving son of the Canadian military veteran whose headstone was found in the backyard of an Etobicoke familys newly purchased home says hes happy with the familys offer to keep it there.

Clarence Robichaud says he was impressed at how the family, Sanam Mughal and Usman Farooqui, talked about his father, Fabian Robichaud, and believes that even though his fathers headstone may not be in a cemetery, its a proud memorial nonetheless.

I told her to keep it, if thats what you want, said Robichaud, 79, at his familys home in southern Alberta. I think thats the best place to honour him.

Mughals family discovered the headstone while playing tag with their son Azlan about a week ago, after the snow melted. They had purchased the home only months before.

At first they were shocked, but eventually came to realize that the stone referred to a Canadian who served in the First World War.

Its history. Its amazing. The history comes from more than 100 years old, from a hero who served this country, Mughal told CTV News Toronto last week.

Clarence Robichaud said he learned about the story from a nephew. Hes the last surviving child of Robichaud, and knew his father had been buried at Mount Peace Cemetery in Mississauga with his wife Albina.

Property records associated with the home dont show any names that Robichaud recognized and news of another headstone was a mystery, he said.

Everybody died but me. Im the last one, he said. Nobody that knows anything about this is around. Its a puzzle to me.

Robichaud said his father didnt talk about his service much. He kept his dads helmet, and says his dad moved on to civilian life by the time he was born.

My dad used to teach me. He did carpentry work. He tried to show me how to do things right and how to make things, Robichaud said.
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