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First Mennonite Church

530 Kerr Rd RR 3
Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E3
(250) 692-3259

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Capital Voices: RCMP commissioner's unforgettable case: 'The murderer sent me a Christmas card' - Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

It was good dope and people were pleased. Everything was fine until Pritchard showed up with one of Myles’s direct dealers and put it all together in his head.“Abe Wall was the direct dealer, from Burns Lake, and Abe’s brother was Bill Wall. And Bill Wall had the misfortune of being social with Pritchard. They would hunt longhorn sheep together, and in fact, if Pritchard was good at anything other than killing people and ripping off drugs, it was hunting.“Bill and Dave were tight, and they went out to visit Abe. Pot came up in conversation and they went out to Myles’s farm to meet Myles, and Dave put it all together.“So one day in 1995, Myles’s brother, who lives on Vancouver Island, died. So Myles had to go to the funeral. Now Myles’s wife, Pirkko Skolos, who was loved by all the people in the community, stayed at home when Myles went off to his brother’s funeral. And when he comes back, his wife is gone. She’s just gone.“There’d been a snowstorm and he sees tracks leading out to the woods where their stash of pot is kept, and tracks coming back to the ATV, and that’s it. So he calls the police.“So Myles gives us the whole story EXCEPT for what was out there. He says ‘I deal pot,’ but he’s not giving up who his sub-dealers were.“I tried to impress upon him, ‘Somebody knew that this pot was here and how it arrived.’ So over the next couple of days he starts to give it up, because he gets the consent of all these people and because I’m persuasive in saying I’m not interested in the pot dealing. So I meet his grower, who had a distinctive way of packaging his dope and putting it in trunks with this meticulous wrapping and bags. There were two trunks at the Skolos farm. One was gone and one was empty, with all the wrapping all thrown around the stash site. But no body and no blood.“So the only path to figure out who did it was through his sub-dealers. And that’s how we get to know Abe Wall. And Abe talked about having been to the farm in the summer with his brother Bill and this crazy guy named Dave.“So I interviewed Dave, an exploratory interview. Meanwhile, my partner interviews this other woman, Kim McCarthy, who we find out is Dave’s girlfriend.“I’m interviewing Dave in what we call a non-custodial interview. I’m being very systematic, because he’s not quite a suspect, but he’s a person of interest. So we start having a little talk, and I realize ‘Oh, I’m into something big here with this guy,’ to the point where I shift gears and I go accusatory, thinking that somehow I’m going to persuade...
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/capital-voices-the-murderer-sent-me-a-christmas-card

The Last Post: The search for the man in the cardboard box - Prince Rupert Northern View

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Story of Earl Corliss Earl Danford Corliss was born in Medina, North Dakota in 1909. In 1920, his parents, along with eight children, immigrated to Canada and ended up at Uncha Lake, Burns Lake district. According to the Canada Voters List, Earl registered in 1949 as a carpenter living in Prince Rupert, and in 1972 he registered as a labourer in Burns Lake. Earl’s brother, Clarence Mitchel lived in the Burns Lake area, and his son George still lives there with his wife Rhoda — now the closest living relatives to Earl. The genealogy club gave me a glimmer of hope — George and Rhoda’s contact details. Before I called George and Rhoda, I reached out to the Last Post Fund to find out if they would actually do something for Earl, should we ever find out where he was buried. Yes, they could. But I had to provide his death certificate. As Earl had passed more than 20 years ago, the bureaucratic hurdles were many but incredibly the death certificate came through the mail a week after my request. Earl was 85 years old when he died in Prince Rupert on Feb. 5, 1995. Concrete evidence made Earl seem more real than the memories I was jotting down on a notepad. I sent the certificate to the Last Post Fund and they opened a file on Earl. Then another piece of the puzzle fell into place, they sent his service details — he was indeed a veteran. From March 31, 1943 until Oct. 24, 1944 he was a private in the Canadian Army. Yet, decades later he ended up living on the streets in Prince Rupert. Many people in the community who called in remembered him as a heavy drinker. But how he fell through the cracks remains hazy. The Last Post needed to know where Earl was buried to arrange his military grave marker. It was time to call his closest relatives in Burns Lake. Earl’s family/st...
http://www.thenorthernview.com/news/402505935.html

Gentle and generous: Mourners remember BC mother and son killed in police standoff - CBC.ca

Friday, August 12, 2016

Two simple wooden coffins arrived at the funeral in a red pick up truck flying an American flag. A prominent union leader and local First Nations men carried the coffins inside a hillside church in Burns Lake, B.C, where several hundred mourners gathered Tuesday to say goodbye to Shirley and Jovan Williams.  They remembered the mother and son who were killed April 21 in an RCMP standoff as gentle, generous people. Jovan was a former U.S. Marine with a shy smile who loved to draw cartoons. Shirley, a southern belle from Memphis, Tennessee, nicknamed "Boots." embraced northern life after marrying a man from the Cheslatta Carrier First Nation. At the funeral, Harvey Williams described his former partner as his best friend. Minnie Peters, left, and her daughter Kris, right came to pay their last respects at the funeral for Shirley and Jovan Williams in Burns Lake. "I just don't understand why it happened." (Betsy Trumpener/CBC News) "When I heard that they both died, that they were killed by police officers, everything went black," Williams told mourners at Immaculata Catholic Church. "Like I was knocked out by a professional boxer. I didn't want to live anymore." A 'nice family' Sh...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/several-hundred-mourners-at-williams-funeral-1.3565509

J. Vincent (Vince) Burg - thesuntimesnews.com

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Chelsea to work at the Chelsea Pharmacy, and also part-time at the Mercywood Sanitarium in Ann Arbor. It was at Mercywood where Vince met his wife to be, Shirley Ann Tuckey, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. She was a registered nurse and was in charge of the pharmacy. They wed on August 18, 1956 and raised six children.During his lifetime, Vince was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3092, where he was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight, the Chelsea Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Chelsea Village Council, and the Jackson County Pharmacy Association, being name Pharmacist of the Year in 1971. Vince was also a Charter Board Member and Lifetime member of the Waterloo National History Association.Vince retired from Weatherwax Pharmacy in Jackson, MI in 1996 after 32 years of employment. He then worked as a part time pharmacist for 14 more years for Chelsea Pharmacy and Dan Murphy, who interned under Vince in the mid-1950s.Vince, with his wife Shirley, enjoyed traveling by camper and R.V. throughout the United States and Canada with his family as they were growing up, and bicycling with Shirley and friends, Jeannie and Andy Ford, through Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in retirement. Vince was a lifelong deer hunter and lover of the outdoors, relishing the days spent at the family hunting camp in Northern Michigan. He was an avid reader in later years and was a frequent participant in local history events at the Chelsea District Library. Vince also enjoyed working out weekly at the Chelsea Wellness Center. Vince was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Jane Lanning-Morey, Lou Guirey, Angeline Foster, Gretchen Spaulding, Virginia Rowe.Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Gregg (Laurie) Burg, Diane (Fernando) Nieves, David Burg, Brian Burg, Kristi (Gary) Ragland, and Rob Burg; grandchildren, Arielle and Jacob Bur...
https://thesuntimesnews.com/j-vincent-vince-burg/

Nanaimo remembers educator, activist and elder 'Auntie Ellen' - Nanaimo News Bulletin

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Auntie Ellen.' Ellen White, Kwulasulwut, died Tuesday at age 95, and her funeral was held Saturday morning at the Beban Park Social Centre. White was a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia and her obituary remembers her as an "educator, cultural knowledge keeper, author, linguist, herbalist, healer, traditional midwife, and political activist and advocate." She was one of the founders of the Tillicum Haus Aboriginal Friendship Centre and was an elder-in-residence in Vancouver Island University's First Nations studies program. "She possessed a pure, kind and radiant heart," said Les Malbon, who described himself as one of White's adopted grandchildren as he delivered her eulogy Saturday. White's name, Kwulasulwut, translates to ‘many stars' and Malbon alluded to that as he addressed the people gathered in the social centre. "I look out now and I see the many stars," he said. "I see how she impacted the community. I see how much she loved her family and I appreciated, personally, how much that love changed me and how it's changed all of us to be better people and behoove us to be kind to one another and to work towards a world of unity." Malbon said the White home was always filled with visitors, and Ellen White also travelled to meet people and sh...
https://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/nanaimo-remembers-educator-activist-and-elder-auntie-ellen/

Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel - Yahoo News Canada

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Saturday afternoon for the funeral of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang member shot to death in Mississauga earlier this month.Motorcycle club members from across Ontario and as far away as Quebec and British Columbia attended a service for Michael Deabaitua-Schulde at the Vescio Funeral Home in Woodbridge.Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, was described by police as a "well-entrenched" member of the notorious motorcycle gang's Niagara chapter. He was gunned down in the parking lot of HUF Boxing Gym on March 11, in what investigators called a targeted hit.Police have arrested four men from Montreal in connection with the daylight slaying.View photosPaul Smith/CBCMoreMany Hells Angels, along with members of allied outlaw motorcycle clubs - commonly called "support clubs" - were seen milling about outside the funeral home before the service began. There was also a heavy police presence, with officers from the OPP and York keeping a close eye on those in attendance.Funerals for club members often offer police a rare opportunity to keep tabs on the who's who of the biker underworld.The Hells Angels have hundreds of members in Canada. The gang first moved into Ontario in 2000, after they emerged victorious in a bloody biker war ...
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/dozens-bikers-attend-funeral-hells-213937721.html