Grand Falls NB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Grand Falls-Windsor Pays Tribute to Man Known for Keeping Town Clean - VOCMWednesday, March 27, 2019
The Mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor is paying tribute to a man who became a fixture in and around the central Newfoundland town.Billy Ballard was a familiar sight, traveling around town with his bike and cart picking up garbage and recycling items.
(Photo by Glen Fewer on Facebook.)
Ballard passed away on Sunday, September 2 at the age of 75.
Mayor Barry Manuel says Ballard made a “significant contribution” to the community. By keeping the town clean and beautiful.
The funeral mass will take place tomorrow morning at 11:00 from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Grand Falls-Windsor.
View the obituary at this link.
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2 N.L. funeral homes with suspended licences still offer prepaid services to new clients - CBC.caSaturday, March 02, 2019
An undercover CBC News investigation has found that Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Grand Falls-Windsor said it would take money in trust for prepaid services, while Gordon Woolfrey Funeral Home in Lewisporte said it would accept money in trust or through insurance.A Sunset Memorial employee explained how it works over the phone."What happens is obviously a person would come in and select the funeral of their choice, the services and things like that," the employee said."And what happens is then, basically you have a couple of different options in regards with the payments, that sort of thing. What happens is the funeral is paid in full, that price is obviously locked in and money goes into a trust account, and obviously there would be no further payments then."Employees for Botwood, Sunset Memorial and Gordon Woolfrey funeral homes, which are all owned by Terry Green, said they either accept money through an insurance agent, in trust, or a combination of the two, respectively. (Facebook)A Gordon Woolfrey Funeral Home employee described the process there."Usually how a pre-arrangement works is somebody pays their funeral -...
Grand Falls-Windsor woman disgusted by online death database - The TelegramThursday, April 12, 2018
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – It was easy to hear the pain in Cynthia Downton’s voice as she described her family’s experience finding her sister Anne Gardner’s obituary listed on the website Afterlife. Afterlife is self-described as “Canada’s largest database of deceased people.” The website sells virtual candles and flower delivery services through links next to each obituary on its website. The site has recently come under fire for copying obituaries posted on funeral home and newspaper websites without permission. Downton told the Advertiser it broke her heart when she saw someone had used her sister’s obituary for personal gain. “We were raised in an honest household and I can’t even wrap my mind around how sick a person has got to be … to try and take advantage of people.” She said the website is taking advantage of not only the families of the deceased, but people wishing to send condolences. Families do not receive notification of candles lit or flowers purchased through Afterli...
John SweeneyWednesday, August 02, 2017
Jack) Francis Sweeney
1935 - 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of the late John (Jack) Francis Sweeney announce his passing at the Central Newfoundland Regional Healthcare Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor on July 3, 2017 at the age of 81. Jack was retired from Abitibi and is predeceased by his parents; Patrick and Mary Sweeney and brother Gord. Jack leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Joan; daughter Diane of Grand Falls-Windsor; sons; Rick (Sandra) of Trenton, ON, Terry (Carol Ann) of Porters Lake, NS, Sean (Nancy) of Grand Prairie, AB. Also leaving to mourn sister; Marlene Andrews; 7 grandchildren; Jennifer, Jeff, Mike, Jasmine, Sierra, Brett, Abigail and Faith; 3 great grandchildren; Sofia, Grace, and Benjamin, along with a large number of nieces and nephews as well as a large circle of relatives and many friends. Funeral Mass will be at the Immaculate Conception on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Interment will be at the Interfaith Cemetery.
Leslie RoweWednesday, August 02, 2017
Leslie F. Rowe
June 24, 1931 – July 25, 2017
The family of Leslie Rowe is sad to announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on July 25, 2017 in Grand Falls-Windsor at the age of 86 years. Pre-deceased by his parents Basil and Beatrice (Coish) Ivany, and Robert Leslie and Jessie Rowe, and his brother Reginald Ivany. Leslie will be forever missed by his wife, Ida (Andrews) Rowe, sons, David (Shelly), Dale (Cathy), daughters, Karen, Sheila (Nick), Brenda, and Judy (Bob). Grandchildren, David Jr, Hillary, Lauren, Terry (Amy), Greg (Caitlin), Richard (Andrea), Mark, Andrew, and Jeffrey. Great-grandchildren, Claire and Chloe. Also, left to mourn are sisters-in-law Kitty (Art) Haggett, Kay (Gerald) Marsh, Sandra Andrews and brother-in-law Reg Andrews, and many other relatives and friends. Leslie retired from Abitibi-Price in 1989 after being employed for over 40 years. He was a good co-worker and friend to many people in the Accounting Department and throughout the mill and a highly-respected supervisor in his final years before retirement. He will be remembered as a real gentleman, his quiet personality, kindness towards ot...
Sanaz Shirshekar Envisions Saint John As 'Playground For Architects To Experiment' - Huddle TodayWednesday, March 27, 2019
It allowed me to do both."
It also allowed her to work at two renowned firms in Canada and the United States and has now brought the Toronto-born architect to New Brunswick to start a business of her own.
After graduating from architecture school at McGill in 2006, Shirshekar started working for Toronto-based KPMB as a project architect. There, she got to work on projects such as the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, the UBC Alumni Centre, The Globe & Mail's new interior offices and the Fort York Branch Library.
"We were aiming for it to be the 100th public library in Toronto, and it turned out to be the 101st," says Shirshekar, "which is still cool."
Fort York Branch Library (Image: torontopubliclibrary.ca)
From there she went to work in New York with Yabu Pushelberg as a senior designer. She was in the heart of Soho, working on projects that were more private and high-end, including a resort for Hyatt in Los Cabos, Mexico, and a project for a residential client in Bejing. For Shirshekar, it helped make her architecture experience more versatile.
"I took that opportunity on because at KPMB I was getting a lot of those community, public space building projects. But I also wanted to be a little bit more seasoned as an architect and get some architectural interior experience," she says. "Yabu Pushelberg is really the expert for that. They are world renowned. They're really good at what they do and they're internationally known for their interior design excellence, so I really wanted to bring the architecture and the interior design together."
Shirshekar recently moved to New Brunswick to be with her husband, Jamie Irving, the vice-president of Brunswick News. At that point, she was ready to start her own practice, Studio Shirshekar.
"I feel all architects at some point, you feel like you've gotten enough experience and you want to give yourself an opportunity to try it out," she says. "Maybe it's not for everyone, but for me, I think i...
Saskatchewan police officers attend regimental funeral - Global News ReginaWednesday, March 27, 2019
Saskatoon Police Service, two from Moose Jaw, and one from Weyburn are representing the south of the province.Three Regina Police Service members who attended are originally from New Brunswick, including one from Fredericton.
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Surviving the death care business - CBC.caWednesday, March 27, 2019
MacDonald said."Some of it is burnout. You have to make sure with all the stress you deal with on a daily basis you know how to relax yourself, how to unwind."The New Brunswick Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association doesn't keep statistics on retention rates, however, funeral homes are "constantly looking for licensed funeral directors," said executive director Marc Melanson.While the pay can be appealing - $47,319 annually according to the Department of Post Secondary Education Training and Labour - compassion fatigue is a reality, along with unconventional work hours."It's not a Monday to Friday nine-to-five job," said Melanson. "It's evenings, weekends and holidays."People who get into the funeral profession genuinely want to help people. But a funeral home is never closed."Viewing rooms are often rearranged, making physicality a key component of the job. (Sarah Trainor/CBC News)The workday can be fluid and intense. It might start with MacDonald doing prep work on an infant that would afford parents more time with their child, then a full shift in gears to oversee a 103-year-old's celebration of life service in a space filled with laughter."You wear a lot of different hats and it changes so quickly," she said."I could be making funeral arrangements with a family, I could be directing a funeral, I could be painting - like literally building maintenance."We get dirty in our suits. We garden, mow the lawns, wash the cars, we do it all."The job requires a good deal of physicality. Viewing rooms are frequently rearranged to make space for what families want to bring to a visitation. Personal touches have been as dainty as jewelry and as grand as a motorcycle.Some scenes hard to processNot everyone is in a bed when they die, and moving a body can take some physical and mental effort."Some things you see you don't ever forget, and you wish you could. Especially when you walk into a scene where you can imagine their last moments."MacDonald said those moments can be difficult to process."It's hard to think of them as being a person in the way that you're protecting your mental state," she said."You say, 'I have to move them from one place to another,' and after, you reflect on that and think, 'OK, that was a human being and I feel terrible for them. And I'm going to probably have bad dreams for a while....