St. Stephen NB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Obituary — Raymond “Ray” Grant - Nation Valley News (blog)Thursday, December 14, 2017
Grant) Mackenzie of Kingston, Ontario. Proud grandfather of Tyler Beckstead Iroquois and grandchildren and great grandchildren of Kingston Ontario. Survived by sister in laws Joan Clark, (Gordon) St Stephens NB. Lois Coleman (Gary Courtenay B.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 m...
Two infants killed in 1903 train wreck near Ponsonby - Wellington AdvertiserTuesday, January 24, 2017
Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015
The following is a re-print of a past column by former Advertiser columnist Stephen Thorning, who passed away on Feb. 23, 2015.
Some text has been updated to reflect changes since the original publication and any images used may not be the same as those that accompanied the original publication.
Wellington County has experienced a couple dozen serious pileups since 1856, when trains began running through the area, so they were by no means common.
Only a few of them resulted in loss of life, an enviable record when compared with the devastation on modern highways.
A cluster of accidents occurred on the Grand Trunk in the short interval between 1900 and 1910. Inept management plagued this line for years, and after the turn of the century the inescapable consequences of demoralized employees, deferred maintenance and obsolescent equipment caught up with the company.
Between 1900 and 1909, the Grand Trunk suffered six wrecks on its line from Guelph to Elora and Fergus.
Most tragic of these was a derailment on March 18, 1903, about one mile south of Ponsonby in ...
Brothers in arms: Ron and Ryan Anderson both survived tours in Afghanistan — but not PTSD - CBC.caThursday, April 12, 2018
Maureen and Peter Anderson)Ron and Ryan Anderson were built for war.The brothers grew up in a military family, moving around the globe before settling near New Brunswick's Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. Their father, Peter, was a sergeant major.There was never any doubt that Ron and Ryan would follow in their father's footsteps. They grew up playing "army" and following their dad to work.Both enlisted as soon as they finished Grade 10. Their parents couldn't have been more proud."I figured it was a good life," Maureen said.Ron and Ryan quickly racked up tours in conflict zones: places like Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Eritrea and, finally, Afghanistan. Ryan Anderson, in the middle, is pictured during his tour to Afghanistan. Years later, he'd spend hours telling his mother stories about his time fighting in the war.(Maureen and Peter Anderson)They were well-trained, reliable soldiers and the medals piled up. During his first tour in Afghanistan, Ron, the eldest, received a commendation for treating an injured Afghan child in the middle of a hostile crowd.Ron didn't hesitate when he was asked to deploy to Afghanistan a second time, his fifth tour in a combat zone.It was what he was trained to do.A mother's intuitionMaureen didn't want Ron to go back. He wasn't the same after coming home from the country the first time. Didn't he have enough tours under his belt?"I really didn't want him to go," she said. "I just had a bad feeling."The Andersons — Ron, Ryan, Peter and Maureen — smile on Ryan's wedding day. Maureen worried about her sons going to Afghanistan.(Maria Jose Burgos/CBC)But she didn't say anything. Ron was looking forward to being deployed.And it would be Ryan's first tour in Afghanistan. Ron was going to keep an eye on his younger brother.They didn't know the carnage that awaited them.On Easter Sunday in 2007, six Canadian soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing west of Kandahar City.Five of the six men were from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment at tight-knit CFB Gagetown, where the Anderson brothers were posted. They included Sgt. Donnie Lucas, one of Ron's close friends."It was the first men to be killed in our unit in a very long time," said Blair Williams, who was also in Afghanistan at the time.After the blast, Ryan was dispatched to the site, a job that may have seen him picking up his friends' remains.Days later, Ryan travelled in the light armoured vehicle carrying Lucas's casket in the ramp ceremony, held before a soldier's body is sent home.Soldiers carry a casket during a ramp ceremony for six soldiers killed in a blast on Easter Sunday in 2007. Many of the victims were Ron and Ryan Anderson's friends.(CBC)The scenes from that ceremony stuck with Ryan, according to Williams."It touched his heart. Another friend that's not going to get to go home."A harrowing weekTwo months later, on June 13, 2007, Ron was in the Afghan desert when his heart started pounding. He was sweating heavily and his body was vibrating.Ron went to the medic, and the doctor knew exactly what was happening. It was the soldier's first panic attack, and the first sign that something was very wrong."It was just after my buddies got blown up," a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-b...
Do-it-yourself casket kit adds life to New Brunswick woodworker's business - Globalnews.caThursday, April 12, 2018
A New Brunswick woodworker has designed a “do-it-yourself” casket kit to alleviate funeral costs.Woodworker Jeremy Burrill of Fredericton says he is a no-nonsense kind of guy, which is likely why his business mantra sounds like it was taken straight from an old-fashioned country song. “Just bury me in a pine box,” said Burrill, who owns the Fiddlehead Casket Co.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Woman pulls casket for miles for mental health awarenessBurrill said he wanted to give people a simpler, cheaper and more environmentally friendly option for their end of life send offs. He started handcrafting old-fashioned pine box coffins from his workshop in Fredericton, kind of like the ones used in the old west.“They are fastened with wooden dowels so there are no screws and no metal or anything in it,” Burrill said.The caskets sell for roughly $700 and even the bed lining is made of wood shavings. So so every part of the coffin is biodegradable. Over time,...
Oscar Maillet - Hartford CourantThursday, April 12, 2018
Oscar Maillet 91 of Avon and Bouctouche New Brunswick Canada died at home with his loving family by his side on Saturday March 31 2018. He was born December 9 1926 and raised in St. Maurice N.B. Canada. He was the son of the late Firmin and Elise (Cormier) Maillet. Oscar married the former Ida Poirier on September 14 1948 in Dieppe N.B. Canada and relocated to Hartford in 1949. They moved to Avon in 1955. Oscar was a builder and developed Birch Ridge and Maillet Lane in New Hartford and built homes in the Avon Canton and Simsbury area until 1982 when an accident ended his career. Oscar was a communicant of St. Ann Church in Avon. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Pius XII Council 4376 and past Grand Knight. Oscar attended many retreats at the lmmaculata Retreat House in Willimantic and the Holy Family Retreat House in Farmington. He was a member of LaRencontre belonged to the Avon Senior Center and was a member of the United Ostomy Association. Oscar enjoyed spending his summers in Bouctouche N.B. Canada and fishing...