The Bells of Peace
On Nov. 11 The Rimbey Legion Branch 36 will partner with the Rimbey Anglican Church to take part in a special ceremony to mark the hundred-year anniversary of the end of World War 1.
To recognize this significant anniversary bells will start ringing on the east coast of our nation and, as the sun sets, bells will ring one hundred times in participating communities including Rimbey.
The bell at the Anglican Church, which will be rung as part of the ceremony, was donated in 1981 by Yvonne and Fred Zouboules, the daughter and son-in-law of a World War 1 veteran, Thorpe Braithwaite.
Thorpe was born in England in 1899 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service in January 1918 where he served in the Balloon Corps until February 1919. In 1920 he came to Canada to explore the west and in the fall of 1924 settled in Rimbey.
He later married Jean Connors. The couple had three daughters.
Braithwaite was an active member of the community and a charter member of the Rimbey Legion. He passed away in September of 1977 but many of his family still reside in Rimbey and area.
The bell rang for the first time at the church in October, 1981 to announce the wedding of Nancy Zouboules (Fred and Yvonne’s daughter) to Brian LaBrecque.
On Nov. 11 the bell will ring again, this time in remembrance of all those men and women who served in World War 1.
Members of the Rimbey Legion along with descendents of Thorp Braithwaite including granddaughters, sisters Wendy Huff and Linda Zouboules, and Linda’s daughters Alicia and Jamie Poffenroth, will ring the bell as part of an evening prayer service to be held at the church.
The service, which is open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the bells will be rung at sundown as part of the service.