North Vancouver BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Heavy police presence at funeral for slain gangster - Mission City RecordThursday, April 12, 2018
A heavy police presence was on hand this afternoon (Tuesday) in Abbotsford for the funeral of Gavinder (Gavin) Grewal, who was killed in a targeted hit in North Vancouver on Dec. 22.Grewal, 30, was previously identified as Police Chief Bob Rich as the leader of one of two gangs embroiled in the Townline Hill conflict in Abbotsford. That battle has since merged into the bigger Lower Mainland gang conflict.Grewal’s funeral was held at the Fraser River Funeral Home on Riverside Road. Numerous police officers were stationed around the site, including snipers on the roof.This is a precautionary measure that is typical at the funerals of gang members.The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is still investigating Grewal’s death, and have said it is believed to be linked to other gang violence in the Lower Mainland.Grewal was found dead in an apartment in the 1500 block of Fern Street.In addition to his gang links, Grewal was one of two men charged in June 2016 with the 2010 shooting death of Mandy Johnson of Langley.Johnson, 22, was shot and killed while sitting in the passenger seat of a Chevy Tahoe on July 28, 2010 at about 3 a.m. in the 3...
The Way it Was - Kimberley BulletinThursday, April 12, 2018
The garage caught fire, but Mr. Radelja’s late-model automobile was safely removed.Insurance was carried on the building.“North Vancouver Man Becomes New Owner Of Marysville Motors”Robert D. Morton will assume ownership of Marysville Motors on March 16. He will replace C.F. (Charley) Rooney, who is retiring at the age of 57 after 40 years in the garage business.Mr. Rooney established his Volkswagon dealership at Marysville Motors in 1947 and in his words has “made a lot of friends and done very well” in that time.He began his career in the automotive business in 1919 at Saskatoon, went from there to Watrous, Sask., then joined General Motors Corporation as a field representative for a five year period. In 1942, he set himself into business at Calgary and moved to Marysville five years later.Mr. Rooney, who said he first considered retirement last summer, was born in Regina.His successor, Mr. Morton, leaves North Vancouver at the age of 37 after eight successful years in partnership there.Mr. Morton has been in the area for a short while trying to get his bearings before his predecessor leaves. Mr. Rooney, however, will remain to help his successor get established. Mr. Rooney, known throughout the district as Charlie, said Saturday morning that he and Mrs. Rooney would either move to Vancouver or Calgary in the near future.Mrs. Morton and the couple’s three children – Nancy, one, Raymond, three and Stephen, five – will come to Kimberley as soon as Bob locates a house.Now 37, Mr. Morton has been married seven years.He sold his share in the partnership to come to Kimberley. He was born in Calgary, spent 3 ½ years in the armed forces a...
BC student killed in New York was victim in murder-suicide: police - The Globe and MailFriday, October 28, 2016
He just made people smile, he made people happy.”Hutchinson also played on the university’s hockey team. He planned to one day become a firefighter, Douglas said, adding the North Vancouver native was a leader on and off the ice.“He was very, very well respected by his teammates and by everybody who came across his path.“I remember Matt’s parents as well. Just great people, great family. I just feel so, so sad for them.”Jeff Szczesniak, a spokesman for the Geneseo Police Department, said Monday that 21-year-old Kelsey Annese was killed along with Hutchinson in a large house near the university where both rented rooms.He said Colin Kingston, a former student at the same school, called his father early Sunday morning to say he’d gone to the house and killed his ex-girlfriend and would also end his own life.“There was an altercation that occurred and it was during that altercation that we believe that Miss Annese and Mr. Hutchinson did sustain some fatal stab wounds.”Szczesniak said Kingston was distraught over the recent breakup of a three-year relationship with Annese and had talked about suicide to several people though he had not made any threats.“We are confident that the perpetrator in this situation was Mr. Kingston and that there were no co-conspirators or anybody else that we’re looking for so therefore there would be no charges.”Police are not aware of any relationship between Hutchinson and Annese, who, along with several members of the university basketball team, also rented a room at the house, he said.He said about half the people in the town of 8,000 people are students.“There’s a lot of close-knit interaction between the SUNY campus and the village,” he said, adding Kingston was from a prominent farming family involved in a lot of civic duties.“Some of the officers responding yesterday knew Mr. Kingston personally.”Denise Battle, president of the university, said counsellors have been provided for Hutchinson and Annese’s teammates and for all students and faculty at the university that is abo...
Properties to die for: Resales of burial plots in Vancouver spike with gravesite owners haggling for deals - National PostFriday, September 9, 2016
People who bought them for a song 60 years ago are now seeing them go up.”
The decision to sell her two sites was a no-brainer for Waite, who was raised in North Vancouver but now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she expects will be her final resting place. “I’m dying and (the plot) was willed to me by my mother,” Waite said. “My family up there doesn’t want it. They’re living in their own towns and want to be buried there.”
Del Rosario said the resale of plots varies on the location. Most of the sites in her cemetery, particularly in its older gardens, have been sold out for decades, she said, meaning the only time a spot opens up is when someone decides to dispose of it.
Debra McIvor’s father bought three sites at Surrey’s Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery from a door-knocking salesman for $125 each. However, when her mother died and was cremated, her father gave McIvor the burial plots.
She put them up for sale a year ago, but didn’t get any bites. She decided to try again this week, offering the three sites for $7,500 each, $20,000 for the trio or best offer. “I’ve had them for years,” McIvor, 59, said. “We don’t need them anymore because we want to be cremated.”
People who bought them for a song 60 years ago are now seeing them go up
Cemeteries can only buy sites from owners for what they paid for them, Del Rosario said. But there’s nothing stopping people like Waite and McIvor from seeking the true value of their properties. And, just like in the real estate market, there is always someone hoping to make a quick buck, even if it involves flipping gravesites.
Patrick Downey, regional director for Valley View Funeral Home, said the situation has resulted in a secondary market for gravesite brokers, who are setting up shop around the region.
On Craigslist, for instance, there are 44 sites for sale. Some, such as one for $19,999, feature a single or double plot, while others involve multiple gravesites akin to a real estate land assembly deal.
He urges owners to first consult with the funeral home to get the assessed value of their plots, as well as any conditions for re-sale. “It’s a piece of property after all.”
Waite was contacted by a broker shortly after advertising her two plots for sale this week. “I had a burial graves salesman call me who tried to buy them cheap and make money on them,” she said. “They’re supposed to be valued at $20,000 and he offered me $7,000.”
Waite refused. But she said she wasn’t surprised to get the call. “It’s all part of life.”
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Cole Marsh, 17, dies after plunging into waters of North Vancouver's Lynn Canyon - CBC.caFriday, September 9, 2016
Friends are remembering Cole Marsh, the teenage boy who died at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver Monday, as a kind peacemaker, a hard-working athlete and an "adrenaline junkie."
Marsh, 17, was a promising lacrosse player who would have graduated this spring from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Witnesses said they saw him jump from a cliff into the cold and fast-flowing waters near Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge — a common, but dangerous place for thrill-seekers to leap from the rocks.
Marsh's best friend, Jeremy Diffner, 18, said they often jumped there together, but not yesterday.
"We both pushed each other to try bigger and bigger things, but I always told him, don't go alone."
His parents were brought to the scene today by RCMP Victim Services, and stood on the suspension bridge to look at the water where their son died.
As of Tuesday afternoon, his body was still there. The water was running too high and fast to safely search the river, said North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Doug Brecknell.
North Vancouver fire and police crews search for Marsh Monday after...
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?)...