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Community Museum donation remembers the Clementi family

Last week Christ Church Community Museum received a significant donation from Edward and Marion Clementi in memory of their grand nephew, Zachary “Zak” Powell.

It is significant because the Clementi name occupies an important place in the history of the Village of Lakefield and Christ Church.

In 1853, a young man named Mutius Clementi travelled from England and arrived in North Douro to enrol in Samuel Strickland’s agricultural school for young English gentlemen who wished to learn how to homestead and farm in Canada West.

Two years later his father, the Reverend Vincent Clementi B.A. (Cambridge), a friend of the Stricklands, emigrated to Canada, and after spending eight active years in Peterborough, became the second incumbent of Christ Church, North Douro.

Reverend Clementi, faced with a rapidly growing congregation, spearheaded the planning and building of larger church across the street from Christ Church, St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, in 1866.

Zachary Powell is the great x4 grandson of Mutius Clementi and the great x5 grandson of the Reverend Vincent Clementi. He is a sixth generation Clementi.

Zak Powell was a remarkable young man who died suddenly of a heart attack at 29 years of age year on March 13, 2014 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the grandson of Mary Ellen Clementi Powell and the son of Mark and Ruth Powell.

He was born with low-to-non-functioning kidneys and endured numerous operations and procedures. On separate occasions, both of his parents donated a kidney to their son.

Zak’s many friends and neighbours in Hamilton mourn his loss. Over 200 people attended his funeral. Despite his severe medical problems, he will be forever remembered for his positive, cheerful attitude to life.

Christ Church Community Museum is honoured to acknowledge this link with our ancestral past and receive this donation in his memory.

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