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Dying anonymous donor repays Dubuque for mishap from 20 years ago

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An anonymous donor dying from cancer sent Dubuque's Leisure Services Department a check for $300, to make amends for a mistake they say dates back 20 years.

According to minutes from the Parks and Recreation Commission's May 13 meeting, Dubuque's Leisure Services Department manager Marie Ware told commission members she had received an anonymous letter and check for $300.

According to Ware, the anonymous individual identified himself or herself as a former tour bus driver, who had driven through one of Dubuque's parks some 20 years ago.

The donor claimed that, while on a narrow road in the park, the driver moved to the side, allowing an oncoming car as much room as possible. While moving aside, the driver sideswiped and damaged a retaining wall in the park.

Ware said the person noted there was considerable damage to the bus, but not much to the retaining wall.

Now dying of cancer, the individual said thoughts of that incident are coming back and he or she wanted to make amends. The anonymous donor estimated repairs to the wall would have cost $200 two decades ago, so he or she wrote out the check for $300.

Ware told commission members she thought it was a very nice gesture and suggested the money be used to plant a tree in that park.

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