Port Moody BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Coquitlam teen's heroin, fentanyl overdose ruled 'accidental' - The Tri-City NewsTuesday, April 04, 2017
B.C. coroner's report released this month.
The body of Gwynevere Kenny-Staddon was found on Aug. 7, 2016 in a bathroom at a Port Moody Starbucks after she bought the drugs from a friend and ingested the drug cocktail.
Although a drug user, she had not taken heroin and fentanyl regularly for three weeks before she died.
Coroner Adele Lambert ruled her death as accidental.
The 16-year-old girl's overdose death due to illicit drugs was among 914 last year in B.C. Among those who died was her boyfriend's brother, Brandon Jansen, who OD'd while undergoing treatment at a Sunshine Coast rehabilitation centre.
On March 8, Lambert wrote in her recommendation to Alex Scheiber, B.C.'s deputy director of child welfare, to "consider conducting a comprehensive review of the services provided to Gwynevere Joan Kenny-Staddon with a view to improving services and outcomes for children in the province of British Columbia."
Lambert described Kenny-Staddon as a gifted athlete with friends. But in the spring of 2012, her behaviour changed and school staff alerted the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). Then 12, Kenny-Staddon had begun experimenting with drugs a...
'King of Kensington' now in hospice - Burnaby NowFriday, January 06, 2017
September after going to the hospital for shortness of breath. He was given the OK to move home and have a nurse drop in.
He moved to Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice in Port Moody on Dec. 8.
“At first, I was really depressed because I’m thinking this means he’s going to be gone shortly, but he’s lasted a couple weeks now,” said Hatch. “It’s such a peaceful, loving place.”
To ease the financial burden on the Ryans, Hatch has started a GoFundMe page.
“We want to try to help him with the costs because he has to pay hospice and rent for their basement suite, and (Lou’s) going to have the funeral expense coming up,” she said.
Hatch noted Ryan plans to be cremated and have his ashes stored in a Nabob coffee can.
“That has been his thing. I said, ‘It’s going to take more than one coffee can.’ He goes ‘OK, I got three of them reserved for that,’” she said with a laugh. “They drink Nabob coffee, and he just felt that he didn’t need an urn.”
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'It's going to take you,' warns BC man who lost brother and girlfriend to fentanyl overdoses - CBC.caFriday, October 28, 2016
We tried calling a number of places and the only place that would take her was a detox facilty," said Jansen.
A barista found her, unresponsive, in a Starbucks bathroom in Port Moody. Paramedics were unable to revive her. Several of Staddon's family and friends say she told them her body could handle fentanyl and she would never overdose.
Jansen urges others to never touch the drug.
Nick Jansen says he never thought he'd be suffering a second loss in B.C.'s fentanyl crisis. His girlfriend died five months after his brother. (Michelle Jansen)
"You're not invincible to it, it's going to affect you, like it does everyone else, and there's no getting around it," he said.
Dealers use deaths to boost sales
What's worse, he suspects dealers who sell the potent opioid treat the death of a client as a marketing opportunity.
"Other people who are so far into addiction think, oh my god, that is some strong stuff. It's better than all the other stuff I'm getting, so they go and buy that," said Jansen, who says he's seen deep addiction up close.
'You're self-sabotaging, you're killing yourself.' - Nick Jansen
"It's the nature of the addiction, you're self-destructing, you're self-sabotaging, you're killing yourself."
He is now working with his mother to raise awareness and lobby for more treatment beds.
They created the Brandon Jansen Foundation and have become vocal advocates for young people suffering from addiction.
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Teen who died in Starbucks washroom needed rehab but mom says she couldn't afford it - CBC.caFriday, September 30, 2016
Gwynevere Staddon, who would have entered Grade 12 this fall, was found Sunday evening by a Starbucks employee in the coffee shop's washroom at 221 Ioco Rd. in Port Moody.
She was unresponsive and couldn't be revived by emergency responders, according to Port Moody police. They found a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia with her.
"My best friend, my daughter, my sweetheart baby ... I will never stop missing you ... my heart won't stop breaking," her mother Veronica wrote on Facebook.
The B.C. Coroners Service has not determined the cause of the girl's death, but her mother said she "completely suspects" it's an overdose involving fentanyl.
Veronica Staddon is mourning her daughter's death of a suspected overdose.0:59
'I'm OK now, Mum'
Veronica Staddon says Gwynevere had struggled with substance abuse for some time, but had told her mom she stopped using over the past three weeks.
"I've quit, so I'm OK now, Mum," Veronica recalled her daughter saying. "It was calling out her name, and so she thought, 'One more time.' The one more time was the very last time."
Gwynevere had told her mom that dealers were selling fentanyl, but she didn't think an overdose could happen to her, her mother said.
Veronica said she looked into getting her daughter into rehab, but publicly funded treatment requires months of waiting, and private clinics are too expensive.
"If I don't...
Gwynevere Staddon's death, likely from fentanyl overdose, could have been prevented, mourners say - CBC.caFriday, September 09, 2016
Grade 12 this week, said mourners who gathered Tuesday evening to remember the teenager.
Staddon died of a suspected fentanyl overdose three weeks ago in the washroom of a Port Moody, B.C., Starbucks.
Instead, Staddon's friends and family filed into a Coquitlam church to attend her funeral.
"She knew the dangers, but she was 16 and felt invincible and didn't think things through," said family friend Shelly Herron, who read aloud the eulogy written by Gwynevere's mother, Veronica Staddon.
Gwynevere Staddon, 16, pictured here with her mother, Veronica Staddon. Staddon tried to find a youth addiction treatment bed for her daughter. (Veronica Staddon)
"We cuddled almost every night of her life, including the night before this horrible tragedy," Herron told mourners at Coquitlam Alliance Church.
More than 250 people gathered to share their sorrow and frustration.
People close to Gwynevere say there is little doubt illicit fentanyl took her life.
"How do we say goodbye to such a young girl … who do we blame?" asked Barb Fraser, Staddon's former gymnastics coach.
"We have a crazy cruel world our children are growing up in," Fraser said, her voice shaking.
Teens were asked to 'think d...
J. Vincent (Vince) Burg - thesuntimesnews.comWednesday, 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...
Nanaimo remembers educator, activist and elder 'Auntie Ellen' - Nanaimo News BulletinWednesday, March 27, 2019
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...
Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel - Yahoo News CanadaWednesday, 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 ...