St Michael's Catholic Church Obituaries/ Death Notices
'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-StandardSaturday, March 2, 2019
House provides emergency shelter for women alongside myriad other services such as counselling. They also provide Robin's Hope, a second-stage housing apartment building for women awaiting affordable housing.Wiwchar had been living in Australia for 17 years as a dual citizen. She worked, she fell in love, she had her son, then disaster struck on either side of the world.In Ottawa, Wiwchar's mother was dying, but in Australia, the love of her life, a healthy New South Wales police officer, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of kidney cancer. After considering her agonizing choices, in 2013 she returned to Canada. Ten days after she landed, her partner died.It was the darkest time in Wiwchar's life. Unable to afford to return home to Australia for the funeral, a close friend in Kingston took her and her 11-year-old son in. It was successful for a few months, but then things turned south and she and her son were forced to move out."We moved into this hotel and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I'm homeless, with a child, and I don't know anybody,'" Wiwchar recalled.Leaning on her church for support and still grieving the loss of her son's father, Wiwchar called women's shelters in the area, but she said many told her that her situation wasn't suited for them.Interval House decided to accept the small family for her child's safety. On Aug. 28, 2013, Wiwchar and her son moved into the shelter for six weeks before an apartment at Robin's Hope opened up."I'm super grateful for Robin's Hope, because my son in the shelter was being exposed to things that he'd never been exposed to," Wiwchar said. "In the apartment he found a safer space. It literally gave us a launching pad to start over, where he was able to feel stable, to feel he had a home to come to, and to start making friends."After a brief stay at Robin's Hope, Wiwchar and her son are now living in affordable housing. She cannot work and receives disability benefits due to a spinal injury she suffered whi...
'Every time we close our eyes she's there': Autumn Prince's body found by sister, mother blocks from home - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Gardina Prince"She said, 'Good night. I love you.' And then Sunday happened," said Gardina, who was changing her baby when Prince's boyfriend banged on the apartment door that evening between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., covered in blood and intoxicated.He said he'd been jumped at a house party he and Prince were at on Ross Avenue earlier that evening."And I'm like, 'Well where's Autumn?' And he's like, 'I don't know. She left,'" Gardina said. "He said he was chasing her to bring her home but she never came home. She didn't follow him."We're known in my family to be very stubborn at times."Gardina Prince, 39, doesn't know why no one saw her daughter in the two days she was missing before she found her in the snow. (Dave Gaudet/CBC)Gardina called and messaged everyone she could think of in her daughter's circle of friends. No one had seen or heard from Prince.There was still no word about her when Monday rolled around. Prince was extremely popular and active on social media but all of her accounts had gone silent, said Gardina, who wanted to go out searching but couldn't leave her two toddlers unattended.She posted a Facebook notice on Monday about her missing daughter, then called police that same evening to report her missing."If Autumn's still partying she'll come home," Gardina told herself and her family. "I said, 'She probably went to go smoke a joint with someone, or went to go smoke some weed.' I figured she was going to come home. She never came home."Autumn Prince went to a party near Isabel Street and Ross Avenue on Sunday night. Her body was found beside a house on Ross near Sherbrook Street, not far from her home on Bannatyne Avenue. (Google Maps)Knowing her daughter wouldn't have likely gone far, Gardina called the police several times Monday night, asking them to check the Main Street Project, hospitals, back lanes and behind dumpsters."She barely ever went off Ross Avenue, so it was very, very weird for her not to be around," Gardina said.When Tuesday came and Prince still wasn't found, Gardina and her 17-year-old daughter bundled up and set out on foot with Prince's boyfriend just after 9 a.m.They planned to put up posters and search every street, alleyway, dumpster and bush in the area. "We stopped at the place where the house party was, and they didn't let us in," Gardina said.img alt src="https://i.cbc.c...
'He was old school': Saskatoon's musical community remembers cultural icon Maurice Drouin - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Maurice and learned because of Maurice." Now, musicians are busy getting ready to say goodbye."He was old school," said Griffith. "I think he sort of stopped listening to the radio in about 1965. He knew what he liked and that's what he played."Funeral arrangements are pending and will be released soon.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
'Happy to get my daughter home,' but questions linger over Winnipeg woman's death at Caribbean hotel - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
As a Winnipeg mother waits for her daughter's body to be flown back to Winnipeg this weekend, she still has questions about what led to the 26-year-old's death while on vacation in the Dominican Republic earlier this month.Holly Twoheart's daughter Danielle Twoheart died in hospital last Friday. Hotel staff told her it was believed Danielle had fallen from a third-floor balcony at the resort, Twoheart says."I'm so lost, I don't even know what to think," said Twoheart. "I'm just happy to get my daughter home."Twoheart said her daughter's body is expected to arrive in Winnipeg Sunday. She said funeral arrangements have been made for the mother of two for early next week.More than a week after her daughter's death, she's still left wondering what happened. Danielle Twoheart, left, and her mother, Holly Twoheart, left Winnipeg for a week-long vacation in the Dominican Republic on Feb. 14. (Photo courtesy of Holly Twoheart)Twoheart said the two had separated at the all-inclusive hotel and she was back in her room when security came to tell her Danielle had fallen of...
'Extremely big-hearted': Councillors remember late colleague Barry Erskine - Calgary HeraldSaturday, March 2, 2019
Erskine was known for his work as an environmentalist and horticulturist, serving as the host of the popular CHQR radio show Let's Talk Gardening for more than 25 years."He cared deeply about the environment, was extremely knowledgeable about the environment and fought to improve environmental protection for our waterways and our tree canopy," said Coun. Druh Farrell.Erskine's son James said the environment was always his father's greatest passion. He said his dad wanted people to understand why it was so important to protect it."He just always went for what he believed in," James said."He had such a full life. I think really what I'm most proud of is he cared about everybody. He cared about the betterment of life for his constituents, his family. He was a people person and he wanted everybody to have the best life possible."
Alderman Barry Erskine glances at fellow councillors after making a point in council chambers regarding the controversy over amendments to Calgary's ring road.
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But James said his dad was just as much a family man as he was a dedicated public servant."Even after his long, long days … he always made sure he got up and got my sister and I to school every morning," he said. "No matter how long the day was, no matter how late it was he always had the time to give us."Remembering her former colleague, Farrell described Erskine as "kind and generous." She recalled he always wrote with a green pen."He was a big man, with a really big heart," Farrell said. "He had his quirks, but he cared deeply about people and his city."Even if we disagreed, it was always respectful and civil. He lamented the deterioration of politics. What always struck me is he always took time to meet with citizens. Even before I got elected, I had met with him. He was always open and generous with his time and extremely big-hearted."Bob Hawkesworth, who served on council alongside Erskine, agreed with that characterization."He was, of all the colleagues I knew and worked with, relatively easygoing and kind, never malicious," Hawkesworth said...