Dawson Creek BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
No compensation for family of teen killed in crash - Prince George CitizenFriday, February 17, 2017
Logan Power was a young man with his life ahead of him.A Grade-12 honours student at Dawson Creek secondary school, Power was finishing his school career and getting ready for the rest of his life. He was well-liked by his classmates, had a number of college credits under his belt and was preparing for a career in power engineering in the oilfield.Then, last Sept. 9, 2016 Power was killed by an alleged drunk driver."That was the first day of the rest of his life, and then that happened," said Terry Power, his father. "We were totally robbed. He was my only son."Nearly six months later, Power's grief has turned to anger over what he says are unjust wrongful death laws in British Columbia.Shortly after his son's death, a lawyer told Power that because Logan was a dependent, the family is not entitled to pain and suffering costs.That left the family with nearly $20,000 in funeral costs and little help from the government or ICBC, the Crown insurance provider.A legal advocate says the Power family is not alone in being blind-sided by B.C.'s wrongful death laws.Don Renaud,...
Potpourri: Per Gradus Ad Maius - Alberta Daily Herald TribuneFriday, September 30, 2016
Budd Dayliner in an effort to stem persistent financial losses as rail travel continued to decline, averaging fewer than 20 people per 15-hour trip between Dawson Creek and Edmonton.
The “meagre patronage” had earlier led to the railway applying to discontinue passenger service.
IN LIVING COLOUR!
It didn’t matter that the CBC could only promise a “somewhat imperfect” signal: GP residents began trading in their black-and-white television sets with the arrival of colour TV 50 years ago.
The CBC’s butterfly logo heralded, for example, even more addictive Sunday-night programming with the Wonderful World of Disney, Ed Sullivan and Bonanza in rainbow hues!
Grande Prairians, who’d only started getting CBC-TV in October 1962 (CTV didn’t arrive until 1970), had to shell out hefty bucks to upgrade. A 25-inch console cost up to $2,500, although Midwest Electric downtown offered lightweight 11-inch GE Portacolour sets for $399.95.
• Weather-plagued fastball playoffs finally ended. Bezanson Tigers, the regular-season champs, captured the Inland Ladies Fastball League crown three straight over the GP Ventures. Wanda Johnston got the deciding win, Shirley Chateau took the loss.
• The Wheatbelt Baseball League final, delayed two weeks by rain, came down to a one-game sudden-death match between the GP Eskimos and league champion Fairview Outlaws for the D...
Counsellors head to Dawson Creek Secondary after two deaths - CBC.caThursday, September 15, 2016
Spencer Gourley died suddenly on Sept 1, 2016. (Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium)
The deaths of two teens — both students from the same high school — in the span of two weeks has rocked Dawson Creek.
On Friday a grade 12 student was killed in a single vehicle rollover on the Dangerous Goods Route, while Spencer Gourley — a recent graduate of Dawson Creek Secondary— died suddenly on Sept. 1, according to an obituary posted by Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium.
On Facebook Dawson Creek's Mayor Dale Bumstead wrote, "there are times in life where it seems events occur that are simply unimaginable."
"Our community has endured too many of these in the last few weeks. My heart is absolutely broken for all the families touched by these life-changing tragedies."
Meanwhile on Monday, counsellors at the city's high school will try to help students grapple with what happened.
"Well it's always difficult when any event like this occurs," said Candace Clouthier, assistant superintendent for School District 59.
"I think it's hard for everybody in the community and in the school."
A third death
Gourley graduated from the school in June, while he and the other...
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?)...
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...