Burnaby BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
'I feel numb': Marrisa Shen's brother speaks about her death - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
When Marrisa Shen left her Burnaby, B.C., home on July 18, it was nothing out of the ordinary.According to her family, on sunny days the 13-year-old liked to go for walks in Burnaby's Central Park and listen to music."She was one of those people who has earphones in, loud music while she's walking," said her older brother, who asked not to be named as the investigation into Marrisa's death continues."Usually, we don't think much of it because she does go out around five or six [p.m.] and then she comes back every time around seven or eight-ish.""This time, she didn't come back."Dozens of people attended Marrisa's funeral on Friday. (Cliff Shim/CBC)'I feel numb'Marrisa's family reported her missing that night. Hours later, the RCMP found her body in the park. Police have released few details about her death since, including whether she was killed in the park, but the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team considers her death to have been from a random attack."I feel numb. Even after...
Police seeking video from Marrisa Shen vigil and funeral - CTV NewsThursday, December 14, 2017
Foster said. "This case has drawn attention nationwide and because of the attention it's drawn [the videos are] something we'd be remiss not to ask for."
The vigil was held in Burnaby's Central Park on July 22 and the funeral was held at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver on July 28. Police have urged anyone with video or even pictures to share them.
After weeks of investigation, IHIT has made some progress; Foster said the homicide team is in the process of following up on nearly 200 tips related to Shen’s murder, and has identified more than 90 persons of interest.
Persons of interest are not suspects, Foster noted, only individuals who might have information relevant to the case. The 90 or so who have been identified know who they are.
IHIT has also managed to narrow the timeline for Shen's killing; surveillance video has been obtained showing the teenager walking on the south side of Central Boulevard and crossing McKaye Avenue at 7:38 p.m. on July 18, around five hours before her body was discovered in Central Park.
Previously, the last known sighting was at 6 p.m., when Shen was seen leaving her family's apartment in dark shorts and a dark T-shirt.
On Wednesday, Foster also confirmed for the first time that Shen was likely killed in the park, and not slain elsewhere and transported.
"It should be noted that this does not change our belief that Ms. Shen's homicide was random," Foster added.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Marrisa Shen update from @HomicideTeam : spotted near Metrotown at 7:38p, murdered in Central Park, 90 persons of interest! (1/2) pic.twitter.com/4R2WqOlHOk
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Vigil in Surrey this week for man killed in double Langley murder - Surrey Now-LeaderThursday, September 14, 2017
A vigil is planned this week for a Surrey man who was killed in a double Langley murder.Avery Levely-Flescher was 20 when he was shot and killed, along with 34-year-old Burnaby resident Brandy Petrie, on a rural road in Langley in the early morning hours of Sept. 1.Charged in their killings is 21-year-old Travis MacPhail of Langley.Levely-Flescher’s mother Leah Larocque told the Now-Leader a celebration of life will take place this Thursday (Sept. 14) at 7 p.m. at Hjorth Park for her son, where he spent much of his childhood.“We will be doing a balloon release where friends and family can first write a few words to Avery, put the note inside the blue balloon in which we will fill with helium and then all the balloons will be released at once,” she said via email. “As well we will have a microphone and speaker for anyone who would like to say a prayer, read a poem or simply share a story about Avery.“At dusk we will light a 100 candles wrapped in a blue ribbon and share a moment of silence.”Larocque acknowledged that her son got into some trouble with the law.“Avery got himself involved with some of the wrong people which is why we made the decision to...
IHIT seeks footage of Marrisa Shen's vigil and funeral as timeline of homicide narrows - CBC.caThursday, September 14, 2017
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is seeking footage from the media and public from Marrisa Shen's funeral and vigil as it continues to investigate the murder of the 13-year-old Burnaby girl five weeks ago.Shen was seen on surveillance footage leaving her home near Central Park in Burnaby, B.C. on July 18 at around 6 p.m. PT. Her body was found in the park early the next morning at around 1 a.m.Investigators had previously asked anyone who may have seen Shen on July 18 between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. to contact them. They have now narrowed that timeline, having established Shen's last whereabouts at 7:38 p.m., when she was seen walking westbound on the south side of Central Boulevard and crossing McKay Avenue. "This is a massive investigation and there's many avenues that are being pursued right now," said Cpl. Meghan Foster.In addition to narrowing the timeline of her disappearance, IHIT and Burnaby RCMP say they have identified more than 90 persons of interest and are following up on nearly 200 tips.Foster clarified that "person of interest" means anyone with information that might help further the investigation — not "suspect."Police are also reviewing thousands...
Remembering Terry Ryan, a champion of Inuit art - Toronto StarThursday, September 14, 2017
The exhibition, Picturing Arctic Modernity, is now on view at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit until Oct. 8 and will open at the Canadian Museum of History Feb. 16 before travelling to Burnaby, B.C., in November 2018 and Woodstock, Ont., in February 2019.Ryan was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1983 and given the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2010. But to those closest to Ryan, it’s the quiet details of an unassuming man that stood the test of time. Sandra Barz, who befriended Ryan in 1976, explained how her husband, who died 23 years ago, used to poach eggs for her, a fact Ryan never forgot. “Terry, every time I’d see him — whether it was at his house in Toronto or his place in Cape Dorset — he would always make poached eggs for me,” she recalled. Though Ryan was, to her, one of the biggest names in their shared field of Inuit art, he kept a distinct warmth about him. When he travelled, he never wanted to stay in a hotel. He preferred to stay with his friends, she said, even if it meant sleeping on a cot. Ryan loved the Inuit and he loved his family, she added. He leaves behind four children, four grandchildren, four siblings and many close friends. “I’m going to miss him very, very much,” Barz said. Vorano remembers the first time he saw Ryan: at an airport in Cape Dorset, on Vorano’s first trip north.“I recognized him, but I was way too shy to say anything,” Vorano said, chuckling at the memory. “I kind of said hello to him.“And then I thought, ‘Oh my god, that’s Terry Ryan.’” A funeral mass for Ryan will be held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd., at 10 a.m., Saturday, with a reception to follow at Feheley Fine Arts, 65 George St. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...
Community mourns doctor who put focus on health care in the north - CBC.caThursday, April 12, 2018
A doctor who spent decades working to improve health care in northern British Columbia is being mourned after he died Tuesday night.Dr. Bert Kelly was a "tireless champion for health care" said Prince George city councillor Susan Scott, who announced his passing via Facebook.Kelly was a key architect of the Northern Medical Program, in which students in UBC's medical program are trained in northern B.C. in an effort to help recruit and retain future medical professionals in a region that historically has been underserved.Faced with chronic doctor shortages in Prince George and the surrounding area, Kelly helped lead a local group of physicians and specialists in what was effectively a strike in 2000, withdrawing non-essential services until the province agreed to commit more funding and efforts to recruitment and retention of doctors in the north. By 2004 the Northern Medical Program was opened, with Kelly serving the role of Executive Director of the Northern Medical Society.Truly sad this morning at the loss of Dr. Bert Kelly! He wa...
Audrey Ann 'Penny' Cline - The Altamont EnterpriseThursday, April 12, 2018
Utica; by their four daughters, Mrs. Wendy J. Hotaling of Northville, Mrs. Laurel A. St. Onge of Northville, Mrs. Erika L. Troxell of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Amy E. Cline of Kamloops, British Columbia; by her two brothers, Paul T. Burnett of Donna, Texas and Clark W. Burnett of Citrus Springs, Florida; and by her 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.A graveside service will be held at a time to be announced in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Northville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.Memorial contributions may be made to local hospice agencies.Let's block ads! (Why?)...