The Great War exacted a heavy human toll on the University of Saskatchewan. Of the 345 students, faculty and staff who enlisted, 69 "passed out of the sight of man by the path of duty and self-sacrifice." About 100 were wounded. 35 were awarded medals of valour.
It is with great honor that Ryan Watson, our Stone Carver at ROCCO MASONS accepted this opportunity. He was asked to design and carve a memorial bench using Indiana limestone dedicated to the men and women of the campus who served our country from 1914 to 1918.
This is his creation, from paper to stone.
Watson's gift in the art of hand carved stone has been proven time and time again. He's carved on projects in Chicago, Philadelphia, South Carolina and all over Canada, including Saskatoon's award winning King George hotel and Underhill Residence on Sask Cres West and most recently, Taverna Italian Kitchen & Bar and Calories Restaurant in the Smith Block building on Broadway Avenue. Check out our CARVING PORTFOLIO HERE for more of Watson's works.
We invite you to join us for a ceremony where the REMEMBER US bench is now installed to honor those who served.
WHEN: Thursday, November 8 at 11:00am
WHERE: on the U of S campus behind Louis in the courtyard of the Memorial Union Building
Free admission, dedication service featuring Saskatoon Chamber Singers. Everyone is welcome to the ceremony, refreshments to follow, upper MUB in Louis Loft.
With over 18 years of experience in the trade, Watson continues his dedication to the art by providing his commercial and residential clients with inspiration and an end-product unlike any other. He's keeping history alive by playing a key creative role in designing timeless stone facades on homes and buildings both inside and out. His extensive knowledge and artistic talent in old world craftsmanship offers his clients a unique Masonry Design each and every time.
Nicolene Watson - Director of Media
Nicolene Watson, Co-Owner of Rocco Masons since 2013. "Nicolene is the brains behind the scenes at Rocco Masons. She naturally knows how to run a business. When she wants something there's no stopping her", says Ryan Watson, Nicolene's husband and the companies Founder & President. Since 2013 Nicolene manages the office and directs all aspects of the business including Accounts Payable/Receivable, Human Resources, Web Design, Marketing, Advertising and Social Media. "I finally found my dream career at fourty that fits me like a glove"!