Boy holding garage sale to buy dad a headstone

KINGSTON, Ont. – A Kingston, Ont., youngster is holding a special garage sale this coming weekend, hoping to raise enough money to buy his father a gravestone.

Blake McGinness, 9, lost his father, Rick Lees, to a stomach aneurysm in March 2009.

His dad is buried in Wilmer Cemetery, where he was interred without a headstone.

Blake visits the grave regularly with his mother, Linda, and recently decided that he wanted his father to have a marker at his grave.

“My grandmother has a headstone and my grandfather has a headstone, and I want my dad to have a headstone, too,” the youngster said with great seriousness.

“I was originally thinking I’d have a yard sale and use the money to buy an iPod, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided that this was what I wanted to do for my dad.”

McGinness has ruthlessly winnowed his toys and games, filling a room of his house with the items he plans to sell Saturday morning.

“We’re going to fill the driveway,” he said with confidence.

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