Woodstock NB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Jason Geerts remembered as dedicated police officer, family man - The London Free PressWednesday, March 27, 2019
A former Woodstock police officer who recently died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is being remembered as a friendly, optimistic and passionate man who enjoyed playing sports and loved, above all else, his family and was proud of being a police officer.
A former Woodstock police officer who recently died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is being remembered as a friendly, optimistic and passionate man who enjoyed playing sports and loved, above all else, his family and was proud of being a police officer.Jason Geerts, 35, died on Friday, following a two-year battle with the neurological disorder, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He is survived by his wife of nine years, Brandie, and two sons, Ethan and Brody, seven and six respectively."He was a great family man, a great father," Brandie said. "He would always put the kids' needs and my needs above himself."The kid...
Funeral today for Fredericton woman police say was victim of homicide - CBC.caWednesday, March 27, 2019
I wish I could have saved her the way she saved me."'Excellent' mom'We all want to know what happened,' said Stevens's friend Ashley Denny, who lives in Woodstock. 'We want to know why it happened.' (Ed Hunter / CBC)Ashley Denny met Stevens in 2006 in Woodstock. She said Stevens spent several years living with a friend on Woodstock First Nation, a small Wolastoqey community.Denny was "shocked" when her sister, Chrissy Denny, and another friend drove from Fredericton to break the news of Stevens's death in person.Stevens was "there for me a lot," Denny said, adding the two bonded over their kids.Stevens was known for having a "strong attitude, that's for sure," Denny said."She would definitely let you know what was on her mind when she felt a certain way. But she was a great person: if you didn't have something, and she had it, she would definitely give it to you."'We want to know why'Candace Stevens, left, with friend Chrissy Denny. Denny and her sister Ashley are remembering Stevens as a loyal friend and a loving mother. (Submitted by Chrissy Denny)While Stevens "sometimes didn't make the best choices," Denny said, "No one deserves to have something like that happen to them."With hashtag #JusticeForCandace circulating on social media, Denny said that for her, "justice" means allowing police and RCMP to complete a thorough investigation."We all want to know what happened," she said. "We want to know why it happened."It doesn't deserve to happen to anybody. Even with the statistics stating how many Aboriginal women are missing and murdered, I never thought that one would be my friend."Police seeking informationStevens is survived by her daughter, Alexa L. Stevens, brother and sister-in-law Richard Stevens and Samantha Stevens of Fredericton, brother Alexander Stevens-Abigosis of Toronto, cousin Crystal MacPherson, and several nieces and nephews.Visitation will take place at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church on Friday at 75 Main St. in Fredericton from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Galbraith and Rev. Paul Ranson officiating.A memorial service for Candace Stevens will be held Friday at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Fredericton. (Submitted)Remembrances can be made to Autism Connections Fredericton Inc., and personal condolences may be offered through York Funeral Home's website.On Wednesday, Fredericton police said the investigation into Stevens's death is continuing and further updates will be provided as they become available.Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Fredericton police at 506-460-2300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimenb.ca.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Dr. Barrie deVeber, founder of bioethics institute, dies at 90 - The Catholic RegisterWednesday, March 27, 2019
It's how the Schadenberg family came to know Dr. deVeber. Schadenberg's mother heard him speak in their hometown of Woodstock, Ont., and the experience led to the establishment of Woodstock Right to Life, he said.
It's something that is lost on many younger members of the pro-life movement who, because of the age difference, don't really know the story of Dr. deVeber.
Schadenberg relates how he brought Dr. deVeber out to speak to the youth in the movement to hear exactly what it was like in the early days and what Dr. deVeber was up against.
"The next generation, they somehow think all this happened in Canada, we lost politically. They thought, ‘We didn't do the right things,' " said Schadenberg.
"I thought, they ought to hear from guys like deVeber and what they were up against because in fact it had nothing to do with whether the early pro-life movement was wonderful or not … it had to do with the changing times and people did the best they could."
It was not lost on Marie-Claire Bissonnette, Campaign Life's youth co-ordinator. In a blog post, she recalls his passion for the cause and how his work saved thousands of unborn children.
"His is not a story of defeat. Thousands of pro-life victories are attributable to his legacy," said Bissonnette. "His was a vital chapter in a story of perseverance and victory in the fight for the good of humanity."
That story is told in Barrie: The Memoirs of Dr. L.L. deVeber, published by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in 2015.
Dr. deVeber was married for more than 60 years to Iola, who died in 2015. They had six children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral Mass for Dr. deVeber was held March 5 at St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica in London, Ont.
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CLEO GRIFFIN JACKSON - Sumter ItemSaturday, March 02, 2019
McLeod's Chapel Methodist Church in Rembert.
Mrs. Jackson is survived by her daughter, Kathryn J. Somers of Marietta; grandsons, Julian Laval Jackson III of Florida, Eric W. Somers (Ann Margaret) of Woodstock, Georgia, and Shawn Somers (Regina) of Villa Rica, Georgia; seven great-grandchildren, J.J and Charles Jackson, Foster and Jackson Somers and Connor (Ashley), Corey and Kayla Somers of Georgia; and one great-great-grandson, Brendan Somers. She is also survived by one brother, Bernard Griffin (Shirley) of the Bethel community; a number of nieces and nephews; and one former granddaughter-in-law, Stacey Jackson of Georgia.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her son, Julian Laval Jackson Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Helen Jackson Mood (Jimmy); two sisters, Mary Lou Truluck and Florence Jackson; and five brothers, James, Carroll, Charlton, Robert and William Griffin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with James W. Kendall Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Bethesda Methodist Church located on S.C. 261 near Dinkins Mill.
Pallbearers will be William Barnes, Ladson DuBose, Charles Jackson, David LeNoir Sr., David LeNoir Jr., Steve LeNoir, Walter LeNoir Jr. and Donnie Shirer.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethesda Church Cemetery Fund, care of Lo...
Death Notices - February 2019 - Port Dover Maple LeafSaturday, March 02, 2019
After graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College, John worked for over 25 years at the Equipment Centre in Simcoe and Woodstock. He spent the last 10 years of his career as the Lift Bridge Foreman in Port Dover, before retiring in 2013. During his retirement he and Ellen enjoyed travelling, hiking and spending time at their cherished cottage that he built on Manitoulin Island. Friends are invited to share their memories of John with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe for visitation on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. John's funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Private interment of ashes at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of John are asked to consider the Canadian Sepsis Foundation. Personal online condolences at www.smithfuneralchapel.com 519-426-0199.Alan GilbertGILBERT, Alan Richard – passed away February 19, 2019 in his 85th year due to stroke. Survived by sons Randy, Ricky and brother Ronald, all of Brantford. Alan was a long-term resident of Dover Cliffs in Port Dover. He was employed by Tri-Lad Industries of Brantford. A member of Sydenham Church, Brantford and a member of South Brant Legion, Oakland. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation to honour Alan's memory are appreciated.
Published February 20, 2019Wesley "Keith" RiddleRIDDLE, Wesley "Keith" passed away peacefully with family by his side at Stedman Community Hospice on Friday, February 15, 2019 in his 89th year. Loving husband of Jean, dear father of Gale (Eric) McRae of Port Dover, Paul (Pauline) of Brantford, David (Shirley) of Balgonie, SK and Thomas (Jo Ann) of Port Dover. Proud grandfather of Rachel (Erik), Duncan, Alec, Nigel (Alisa), Aubry (Hannah), Hannah Jean, Lexie (Alex), Sammy, Arden, Brennan, James (Carly), Isaac, proud great-grandfather of Miley and Avraham. Predeceased by his parents Wesley and Dortha and great-grandson Dougie. Sadly missed by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and his Boy's Club buddies. Keith was a long-time resident of Wilsonville before retiring to Port Dover. He enjoyed travelling, watching the Toronto Blue Jays and Leafs, making and drinking Caesars and most of all being in company with his grandkids. Friends are invited to meet with family on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, February 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Keith's name on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church corners of Chapman and St. George Sts., Port Dover. Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. The family wishes to thank everyone at Norfolk General Hospital, Victoria Eldercare and especially to the staff and volunteers at Stedman Community Hospice – Hankinson House. For those wishing, donations to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or the Stedman Community Hospice – Hankinson House would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca
Ron KiehlWith profound sadness the family of Ron Kiehl announce his unexpected passing at Norfolk General Hospital on February 11, 2019 just five days after his 81st birthday. Lover and constant companion of Katie -his irritable wife- a.k.a. Kathy, since 1963. Proud father of Susan (John) and Ray (Yadan). Predeceased by his parents, Harold (1974) and Mildred (2013). Ron bids a fond farewell to his friends, neighbours, bluegrass and exercise buddies and sends thanks to all the healthcare people from Hamilton, Simcoe and Port Dover who shared in his care over the years. He hopes to be remembered as a good guy who could elicit a laugh or at least a smile. He asked that there be no funeral. In accordance to Ron's wish, his body has been donated to human anatomy education at the University of Guelph. He told us not to cry. We cannot do that. Our hearts are broken.
Published February 13, 2019Terry HagenHAGEN, Terrence Ashton – Passed away peacefully...
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....