Prince Rupert BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Obituary — Raymond “Ray” Grant - Nation Valley News (blog)Thursday, December 14, 2017
C. Deni Rushton (David) Oxford Nova Scotia. as well as many nieces and nephew’s. Predeceased by his parents Alfred and Lois Grant. Brother Ronald and sister Susan(Palmer). Ray was born in Prince Rupert moved many times during his early years as his father was in the arm forces. At age 17 he became a professional athlete. Ray went to Olympics trials in 1964 for gymnastics in the province of BC. He became a professional firefighter 1967 to 1976 Dartmouth NS. Ray continued to help when he moved to Iroquois became a volunteer firefighter for the Iroquois Fire Dept. for twenty-five years. He was a self-employed sign painter for over 25 years, did many outstanding signs from Kingston to Cornwall for many local businesses. Retiring from sign business 1998 he moved forward and started his own janitorial business from 1998-2017 for Royal Bank and Ross Video. Ray loved camping, fishing, curling, traveling , gardening, bird watching, and of course his favourite sports teams were the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays. He also loved NASCAR. Ray’s love for his family and friends and his home was extremely important to him. Ray chose not to have a funeral but left the following message. “I want to express my thanks to all my friends, family and extended family who have enriched my life by their loving friendship, wisdom, humour and especially our grandson Buddy (Tyler) who brought such joy into our family. Don’t cry for me we will be back together.”Cremation has taken place. A private family interment service will be held at Oxford Pine Grove, NS. at a later date. Donations to Winchester and District Memorial Hospital and Canadian Cancer society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family...
The Last Post: The search for the man in the cardboard box - Prince Rupert Northern ViewWednesday, November 23, 2016
Very few knew that this seeming dredge of society had once scribbled his name down to join the militia in Prince Rupert after Pearl Harbor was bombed.
Only one person seemed to remember that this man, who spent the last portion of his life living in a cardboard box, had sworn to defend his country.
Former RCMP officer, Wendel Ottmann, had many encounters with this homeless man who was barely surviving in that burnt-out hotel.
Ottmann later learned that this man, who caused trouble to escape the cold and rain, was in fact once a decorated soldier.
Despite only being stationed in Prince Rupert for a short time during the early ‘80s, the encounters stayed with Ottmann — he couldn’t shake the memory of that WWII veteran in his seventies who had been living in a cardboard box.
“It had always bothered me that he was going to die and at no time was it mentioned in our records that he had a family. It bothered me that he would be buried very close to a pauper’s grave and there would be almost no markings of him,” Ottmann said to me over the phone.
The near 40-year-old memory stayed with him, and in January 2016, it prompted him to call the funeral home in Prince Rupert to find out if the homeless veteran he remembered had been buried.
But no one returned his call.
Ottmann didn’t leave it there. He was still disturbed that there seemed to be no trace of this veteran. He had to know whether or not the man had receiv...
Fawn delivered by C-section finds friend, future at BC refuge - CBC.caFriday, August 12, 2016
B.C. highway is now recovering nicely at a wildlife refuge near Smithers, B.C.
The baby deer named Friday was delivered by Sean Steele, who was travelling from his family home in Barrhead, Alta. to Prince Rupert, B.C. when a pickup ahead of him struck a deer on the B.C. highway.
Steele jumped out to help move the doe's body to the ditch. That's when he noticed some movement. Acting quickly, he freed and resuscitated the newborn deer.
Alberta tourist cuddles the fawn he delivered by C-section in B.C.0:28
Following the advice of conservation officials, Steele's family took the newborn fawn to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society refuge, about 110 km away. Manager Angelika Langen said fawns come into the shelter's care often due to train or vehicle accidents — but she said Friday's birth story is singular.
"This is the first one we've ever gotten as a cesarean," she said. "It was kind of unusual to have somebody attempting that."
Langen credits Steele's previous experience working with cattle for giving him the courage to attempt the roadside surgery.
"But I'm sure glad he did. He couldn't do anything wrong, because the fawn would have died one way or the other."
'This is just the beginning'
One week after her unusual birt...
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?)...