Vigil for Paul Bellemore Held at Bandshell Draws Large Crowd

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Vigil for Paul Bellemore Held at Bandshell Draws Large Crowd

A vigil for the still missing Paul Bellemore was held at the Bandshell in Cornwall on September 11, 2022. Organized by his sister, brother, and parents, the vigil was attended by hundreds of concerned friends, family, and citizens. Paul has been missing for over six weeks now, since July 29th.

During the candlelit vigil, Bellemore’s family spoke a lot about his personality, his fondness for candy, his love for his nieces and nephews, and how unlike him it is to take off without telling anyone. They thanked the community and police for their support and spoke of the impact of having a family member missing.

“The unexplained disappearance of a loved one brings about emotional turmoil among the family members,” the family said, “When a loved one goes missing, the biggest hope is that they will be found and returned to us. When the disappearance is unexplained, unexpected, and unlike him, our fears and worries are deep.”

“As days and weeks go on, it becomes difficult to hold onto faith. Tonight, we gather to bring some faith and support to our family who wait in anguish.”

Deacon Guy Coté from St. Columban Parish was present at the vigil and led the crowd in prayer. After several of Paul’s family took time to speak to the crowd, the group walked with candles along the waterfront to symbolically help guide Paul home.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Paul Bellemore is asked to call Cornwall police dispatch at 613-933-5000 ext. 2418.

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