On the day Brandon Klyn wed his new bride, Laura, the sight of his grandmother Kathryn smiling in the front row of pews was enough to bring a tear to several eyes.
Everyone who walked into the church that bright Saturday had some understanding that her health had declined in recent months, but as Brandon’s father Randy says, that was far from people’s minds when they saw her. “She just looked phenomenal,” he says.
‘I would never have imagined,’ Brandon said to his father at one point. ‘I’m stunned.’
The family’s gratitude to the team in the Oldcastle neighbourhood in the Village at St. Clair pours through him as Randy speaks, for they are the reason his mother’s presence was so special that day.
In the lead-up to the wedding, he explains, he had one small request of the team: could someone possibly escort his her to the church around the corner from The Village so she could be part of the ceremony?
There was no question at all; the team would do all it could to make sure she was part of such an important event. Every day in the weeks leading up to the wedding, they kept reminding Kathryn of the big upcoming day, building her anticipation so she’d be familiar with the event when the time came; when it did her outfit was perfect and her hair and nails were done just so, befitting such a momentous occasion for the family.
Her escort was Anthony Bochinni, a part-time practical nurse on Oldcastle who saw the opportunity to accompany Kathryn to the ceremony as an honour, and the care he put into it was “over and above,” says Randy. Anthony’s dark suit was pressed perfectly, and he arrived with a lovely corsage in hand to accentuate Kathryn’s beauty – he was, in a word, ideal.
“It was Anthony’s day off and he’s got a wife and family, I believe,” Randy says. “It was just outstanding that he would do this as an extra; to us it’s phenomenal. All we asked was if somebody could escort her to the church and back, that’s it, and then they went all those steps further.
“Some people just go to their eight-to-four job and be done with it,” Randy adds, “but these people just keep going with it and going with it.”
He watched his son marry the love of his life that day and it was all the more special because his mother was a part of it. For that, he will be forever grateful.
“She was all smiles and so well taken care of because of that team,” Randy says. “It brought tears to our eyes.”