Pitt Meadows BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Son of Abbotsford deputy police chief killed in car crash - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
Aiden Serr was alone in the vehicle when it flipped after skidding off the road in Maple Ridge.The 19-year-old was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.Dan Ruimy, the MP for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, called Serr "an inspiring young man" in a tweet on Tuesday.It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to @aidenserr. He was such an inspiring young man and I am grateful to have called him a friend. He had a passion for politics and for making this country a better place. Rest in peace Aiden.—
@DanRuimyMPAbbotsford officer killed last weekSerr's death comes a week after Abbotsford Const. John Davidson was killed while responding to a theft and shots-fired call on Nov. 6.Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil for Davidson Monday night and a full regimental service will be held for the officer on Nov. 19, with representatives from police departments as far away as the United Kingdom expected to attend.In an email, Walker said members of the Abbotsford Police Department remain strong and are supporting each other and the Davidson and Serr families."We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community,'' Walker wrote.Alberta's Oscar Arfmann, 65, is accused of first-degree murder in Davidson's death and remains in custody.Walker says the Maple Ridge RCMP detachment is investigating the crash that killed Serr.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Everyone was dead: When Europeans first came to BC, they stepped into the aftermath of a holocaust - National PostThursday, March 9, 2017
Old Pierre, a member of what is now the Katzie First Nation in Pitt Meadows, B.C.After an emergency meeting, the doomed forebears of the Katzie decided to face the coming catastrophe with as much grace as they could muster: Every adult returned to the home of their parents to wait for the end.“Then the wind carried the smallpox sickness among them. Some crawled away into the woods to die; many died in their homes,” Old Pierre told the anthropologist Diamond Jenness in 1936.The tragedy played out very near to what is now the site of Golden Ears Provincial Park. And it all happened so quickly that when Old Pierre’s great-grandfather returned to the village from the bush, he found nothing but houses stacked with corpses.“Only in one house did there survive a baby boy, who was vainly sucking at its dead mother’s breast,” he told Jenness.The people of the Pacific Northwest had just been hit with the tail end of one of the most devastating plagues in human history.Just as the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, smallpox began sweeping through Patriot strongholds and encampments.An American attempt to invade Quebec broke apart largely because the colonist soldiers were too ridden with smallpox to continue the attack.The epidemic soon broke out of the war-torn coastal areas and began penetrating inland, surging across indigenous trading networks and passing between warring enemies.Before the Revolutionary War was over, its epidemiological offshoot had surged as far as Mexico and was scything its way through the Canadian Prairies.“Boy and Girl arrived from the Swampy River, having left one man behind, these is all that is alive out (of) 10 tents,” reads the journals of Hudson’s Bay Company traders in what is now Cumberland House, Sask.For months, the largely Scottish-born traders were visited by wave after wave of doomed refugees bearing reports of whole villages wiped off the map.The natives “chiefly Die within the third or fourth Night, and those that survive after that time are left to be devoured by the wild beasts,” they wrote.In 1782, smallpox finally surged into the region surrounding what is now Vancouver Island.When the explorer David Thompson travelled overland to the West Coast in the early 19th century, he traversed whole regions ravaged by the 1782 epidemic. He met locals who had seen their villages die around them, and now lived in whatever post-apocalyptic societal structure survivors had been able to cobble together.“Is it true that th...
Blood drive organized in longtime donor Tom Cameron's name - Vancouver SunThursday, March 9, 2017
Tom Cameron, whose slogan was Git-R-Done, has a blood drive in his name coming up. The longtime volunteer died Dec. 17, a day after he guided the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society through its 2016 campaign to make the holiday happier for hundreds of needy families. — Lorraine Bates filesLorraine Bates / PNGTom Cameron got it done, always.The longtime Maple Ridge volunteer, receiving two blood transfusions a week, held on to make sure every family in need had a little merrier Christmas than they otherwise would have before succumbing to acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, on Dec. 17, one day after the Christmas Hamper Society drive he shepherded ended.And because Cameron always put others ahead of himself, especially children, he felt horribly guilty about getting blood he felt others might need more than he did, his friend, Lorraine Bates, said.So Bates has organized a provincewide blood drive in Cameron’s name.“He had goals, not for himself, but for people to not be unhappy at Christmas,” Bates said. “But he started feeling guilty about taking blood. He asked himself, ‘Should I be taking blood? Am...
Fall concert reflects the beauty of BC - Maple Ridge NewsThursday, March 9, 2017
What’s onThe 20th Fall Piano Concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club, 16651 Rannie Road in Pitt Meadows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Tickets must be pre-ordered in advance through Dan Wardrope as the event has sold out every year.To order tickets, call 604 818 8853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Fall concert reflects the beauty of B.C. - Maple Ridge NewsFriday, November 4, 2016
The 20th Fall Piano Concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club, 16651 Rannie Road in Pitt Meadows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Tickets must be pre-ordered in advance through Dan Wardrope as the event has sold out every year.
To order tickets, call 604 818 8853 or email email@example.com.
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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...