Even if the sanitary measures had made it possible to bring in more people, Waterloo’s Saint Joseph Church this Saturday morning would have been far too narrow to welcome all those who wanted to say goodbye to Yves Vander Cruysen for the last time. The tribute ceremony therefore took place in the presence of the family and close friends of the first alderman of Waterloot, who died of the corona virus on November 24.
The ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube from 10am and collected about 900 cumulative views, and an equal number of views 1 hour after the replay! Several family members of the Waterlootois followed each other at the stand to pay him one last respect. In particular, his sister, Nathalie Vander Cruysen, who opened her speech with singing with “Salut” by Michel Sardou, a nod to his brother who loved to sing. “Seven weeks ago, to this day, I dropped you off in the emergency room. My last words were: don’t worry, get some rest, I’ll do it. Don’t take my word for it. I was talking about management in your absence, only in your absence. Every day I came to you for a few minutes, I let you listen to messages from your friends. I told you about all the statements of support you have received. During that time we supported each other with your friends, always in optimism, with the certainty that you would make it. “
Bernard Steimes, of the choir “Les Amicroches”, had been friends with Yves Vander Cruysen for 45 years. “For many of us it’s almost 30 years of sharing and complicity – and for some even more within the Pastoureaux. We’ve always been on stage together, and we’ve always left it together. For the first time, you leave her alone and leaves behind a phenomenal legacy, but also a deep emptiness. ”
“Your achievements have left your mark on Waterloo forever. You have dedicated your life to your beloved commune, she is giving it back to you. Wherever you are, we will not forget you“, greeted, moved, the Mayor Florence Reuter.
At the end of the ceremony, there is a funeral procession led by the brass band of the Imperial Guard of Waterloo and accompanied on foot by the entire municipal council, representatives of the province of Walloon Brabant, mayors and friends, s he went to the cemetery in the center , where Yves Vander Crusyen will now rest alongside the former mayor Émile Dury and many other local personalities such as François Libert and Adolphe Schattens.