Coquitlam BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Vancouver teen killed by stray bullet remembered as 'irreplaceable pillar' at funeral - The Globe and MailThursday, April 12, 2018
Samson Wong wept Saturday as he apologized to his teenage son, saying he wishes he could have protected the young man from the stray bullet that took his life.Alfred Wong was heading home to Coquitlam with his parents on Jan. 13 when a bullet pierced their vehicle on a Vancouver street, striking the 15-year-old. He died in hospital two days later.Vancouver police have said they believe the shooting was gang related.Story continues below advertisement"Alfred, forgive Mom and Dad. We tried to protect you," Samson Wong said at his son's memorial service on Saturday. "Mom and Dad have been talking. We wish the bullet went for our heart, not yours."Sobs could be heard throughout the Coquitlam Alliance Church as Wong spoke to the crowd of about 700 mourners, saying he still can't accept or believe what has happened."Every morning when we wake up, we tell ourselves it was a dream, a bad dream," he said.His son's body lay a short distance away, dressed in a red plaid shirt and grey toque, in an open casket.Wilfred Wong told the crowd that his younger brother was his "closest companion and an irreplaceable pillar" in his life."Fifteen years was far too short a time on Earth," Wong...
Funeral visit prompts plea from Coquitlam mayor to revive Riverview Hospital - Globalnews.caThursday, April 12, 2018
Coquitlam’s mayor is making an emotional plea to the province to fast-track a centre for mental health and addictions at the city’s Riverview Hospital site.In a three-minute video posted to Facebook on Sunday, Stewart said he was renewing his call to revitalize the century-old facility after a first-hand encounter on Saturday with the deadly effects of the overdose crisis.Story continues below“I’m [at Riverview] on my way home from a funeral,” Stewart said in the video.“Another funeral. A young man who died of his mental illness and addictions. I got to offer condolences to a family that lost their young son, and I don’t want to do that again.”That funeral was yet another example of how the overdose crisis is not a Downtown Eastside problem, but a B.C. problem, Stewart told CKNW on Sunday.The Facebook post marks the second time Stewart has taken to social media to plead for action at the 244-acre site.Jan. 2017: Coquitlam mayor’s heartfelt request to reopen Riverview HospitalWork is un...
Father-son team from Vancouver and Coquitlam to compete on Amazing Race Canada's fifth season - Straight.com (blog)Wednesday, July 5, 2017
British Columbia will be in the game again for the fifth season of TheAmazing Race Canada, thanks to some local families.The team of 57-year-old hospitality director Shabbir Dhalla from Coquitlam and 27-year-old healthcare national account manager Zed Dhalla from Vancouver.They're described as a "fiercely driven father-son duo" who are stubborn but bonded by their competitive spirit. Shabbir overcame stage-3 colon cancer, which brought his family closer together.Another familial team they'll be competing against is from B.C.: 54-year-old Deb Barker and her 30-year-old son Aaron Barker run a funeral home in Grand Forks.Although they're described as "wacky", the pressure and nature of their jobs has taught them to focus on positive aspects during difficult times. Grand Forks' Aaron and Deb BarkerThose are just two out of the 10 teams that'll compete on the new season, which starts airing on July 4 at 8 p.m. on CTV and will be hosted by Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery. (All 10 teams can be viewed at the Amazing Race Canada webpage.)Canada's 150th anniversary will be a recurring theme throughout the season.They'll all be gunning for the grand prize of a Next Genera...
The Amazing Race Canada: This is how you give 'er - Toronto StarWednesday, July 5, 2017
Bridge” — which could have easily doomed them to last place.The women were counting on the rest of the teams taking hours to solve the puzzle, except Zed and his cancer survivor dad Shabbir, from Coquitlam, B.C., made fairly fast work of the phrase.Then Kenneth and Ryan from Collingwood (the season’s token hosers à la Mickey and Pete) teamed up with Sam and Paul from Toronto, and Adam and Andrea from Montreal to get the answer, which placed them among the first five teams on the first plane to B.C., giving them a big time advantage. Down to the wire: Next stop was the Capilano Suspension Bridge where a falconer handed out the next clue, sending the teams briefly to Vancouver’s Gastown and the statue of John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, and from there to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a daunting Road Block: walking 130 feet across a tightrope 12 storeys high. Gulp.Andrea (Ebonie’s partner) and Ryan were first to get across despite both falling on their initial tries (don’t worry, they were attached to a sort of bungee cord) and having to start over.There were plenty of falls and also some novel ways to cross the rope. Ivana stepped sideways and made it on her first try. Adam slid across on his butt. Rapper Bert of Edmonton — who with wife Karen fell into last place after going to the wrong Fairmont hotel — went across using his arms. “Welcome to the gun show, Canada,” he said, flexing his biceps.Deb, of Grand Forks, B.C., got so dizzy and nauseous after falling and spinning in mid-air that only a pep talk from son Aaron could get her back on the rope. But the delay put them in last place at the Detour — a choice between “pedal,” bike polo, or “paddle,” a dragon boat course — along with Megan and Courtney from St. John’s, N.L.Megan and Courtney had chosen the “paddle” Detour because, as Newfoundlanders, “boats are in our blood.” But steering a dragon boat? Not so much, so they switched to “pedal” midway through and found riding a bike while hitting a ball at the same time equally challenging.Nonetheless they finished the challenge just slightly ahead of Aaron and Deb, and won the cab and foot race to the pit stop, in the Elizabethan Hedge Maze at VanDusen Botanical Garden.Aaron and Deb had vowed to “bury the competition,” but alas, they were dead last — pun intended — and were eliminated.The entertainingly enthusiastic Kenneth and Ryan — whose full-throated query to the dragon boat racers, “Which boat wants to be the python?” gave the episode its title — won the leg and a trip to Barcelona. Korey and Ivana of Toronto arrived third but got second place because of Andrea and Ebonie’s penalty. Adam and Andrea were No. 3; Sam and Paul No. 4; Zed and Shabbir No. 5; Karen and Bert No. 6; Andrea and...
Girls killed in Coquitlam crash identified as young cousins - CTV NewsFriday, June 2, 2017
Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:54AM PDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:01PM PDT
The children who were killed in a tragic head-on collision in Coquitlam last week have been identified as two young cousins, ages nine and three.
Ella Reese Hernandez and her younger cousin Tyler Mollie Wong Hernandez were together in one of the three vehicles that crashed on the Lougheed Highway Friday evening, according to an online fundraiser set up for the family.
"Our community suffered a tragic loss, which has impacted us all ever so deeply," it reads. "[Ella and Tyler] will forever be in our hearts."
The fundraiser, which had raised more than $42,000 by Tuesday morning, was created by friends and relatives to cover funeral expenses and provide other assistance to the little girls' grieving families.
A woman from another car was also killed, and five people were taken to hospital for treatment of unconfirmed injuries.
The RCMP is still working to determine what caused the horrific crash, but said investigators have already ruled out alcohol and drugs as potential factors. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
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...
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...
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?)...