Burin NL Obituaries and Funeral Related News
2 N.L. funeral homes with suspended licences still offer prepaid services to new clients - CBC.caSaturday, March 02, 2019
In total, there are five businesses on the island whose prepaid funeral licences have been suspended. The others are Botwood Funeral Home (which is also owned by Green), Serenity Funeral Home in Burin Bay Arm, and Oram's Funeral Home in Glovertown.These five funeral homes had their licences for prepaid funerals suspended in 2016. (CBC)Documents obtained through access to information show that the provincial government suspended the licences in April 2016 because the businesses failed to provide audits for multiple years. One later provided those documents, but the auditor could not say whether the home complied with the act after examining them.While the businesses are not licensed to provide prepaid funeral services to new clients, the documents note they are allowed to honour previous prepaid agreements.There is no indication in the government documents that clients have complained about not getting services that they had paid for.Sherry Gambin-Walsh is the minister of Service NL, which oversees the funeral home industry. (CBC)The department also said it continues to work with funeral homes to help them become compliant with the legislation, so that their suspensions can be lifted."Currently, there are two funeral home owners that are actively working toward having their licences reinstated," the email reads, but doesn't name the businesses.Service NL told CBC News it monitors how funeral homes conduct their business, and said it will investigate any potential violations of the Prepaid Funeral Services Act or regulations.Using insurance agentsDuring CBC's undercover investigation, employees for the other businesses said customers can make "pre-arrangements" or "pre-plan" their funeral services, and pay for it now through policies purchased from an insurance agent."They put your money in, and that way … your money's guaranteed for the rate of inflation and everything," said a worker for Serenity Funeral Home.An employee for Serenity Funeral Home in Burin Bay Arm said paying ahead with an insurance agent for funeral services means your money is guaranteed for the rate of inflation. (Google Maps)Owner Rex Blundon was not available for an interview, but his wife, Lorraine Blundon, said they sell pre-planned funerals, and use agents with Purple Shield insurance to handle the financial aspect."Really, it's the client's choice … And to pre-arrange, you don't have to financially exchange any money," she said.Lorraine Blundon later clarified through email: "Our clients are contacted by a licensed agent who sells them insurance, not any employee of the funeral home."Rex Blundon, pictured with his wife Lorraine Blundon, owns Serenity Funeral Home in Burin Bay Arm. (Rex Blundon/Facebook)Meanwhile, during the undercover investigation, a worker for Oram's Funeral Hom...
Funeral details announced for Jiffy owner Tom Hollett - Grand Falls-Windsor AdvertiserFriday, October 28, 2016
Funeral details have been announced for taxi driver Tom Hollett, who was just 60 when he died in a motorcycle accident Saturday on the Burin Peninsula.
Hollett was on his way to a fund-raising event for autism.
"Tom was a dreamer, creator and a believer in people and it showed. His love of his family, both his children and the taxi industry knew no bounds," the funeral notice for Hollett released this evening said. "He often talked of the people of the Burin Peninsula as his extended family and that truly showed in his interest in his ongoing projects that has made the community what it is today."
Hollett's funeral service will take place 2 p.m. Friday, at Zion United Church, Collin’s Cove,
In the obituary, the family thanked all those who have sent a message of condolence and support in recent days.
Family wants to hear more Tom Hollett stories
Funeral service details for Jiffy cab owner Tom Hollett are coming soon, says taxi driver George Murphy, who has been asked by Hollett’s family to speak for them.
In a note to media, Murphy said the bright spot for the family in the wa...
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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Deer Lake council follows through on appealed decision and formally rejects crematorium application - The Western StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
The opponents protested outside the town hall during several subsequent council meetings.
The decision of council was appealed by residents Kayla Critch and Stephen Brent. In February, the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board conducted a hearing of the appeal and eventually decided to reverse council's decision.
That set the stage for council to revisit the application, which finally made its way to the council agenda this week.
The vote to reject the application was unanimous. Coun. Dave Parsons, who was absent from the public meeting, would not have been permitted to vote if he had been there due to his conflict of interest.
Coun. Myra Spence, whose husband's company could have been considered for work on the crematorium project, was deemed to not be in a conflict of interest and was allowed to vote Monday.
The appeal board had based its decision on the fact a crematorium is not listed as a permitted or a discretionary use within the Town Centre zone in the town's municipal plan.
Mayor Dean Ball said there are likely several undertakings within Town Centre that the municipality has actually approved in the past, but which are not specifically mentioned in the town's plan.
He gave the example of the cannabis outlet that recently opened in the area. It was not listed as a specific discretionary use when it was approved since the sale of cannabis has only recently become legal.
"This is the first time this has happened to us that I'm aware of," said Ball. "There are lots of things not listed as itemized as discretionary use that we've done in the past.
"I guess with this being a bigger issue with a higher profile and closer to people's hearts, the appeal board decided the decision should be reversed."
Ball said the original decision was based on information provided by staff and this discretionary use issue was not foreseen. He said Parsons could always apply again, but the mayor doesn't believe that will happen.
Parsons could not be reached for comment as of deadline Tuesday to see if he still plans to pursue the crematorium. He has said in the past that, despite the rising demand for a crematorium service in the Deer Lake area, it would not be feasible for his business to build one somewhere other than at the funeral home's location on Main Street.
A new municipal plan the town is awaiting approval by the provincial government does specifica...
Convicted sex offender Donnie Snook allowed escorted absence from prison - CBC NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Police say Snook, who is serving an 18-year prison sentence for abusing boys in two provinces, will be in St. John's, N.L., until Saturday.Correctional Service Canada notified the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary of Snook's arrival in St. John's earlier this week, according to Const. James Cadigan."He's only permitted to attend particular locations in the accompaniment of correctional officers and he'll be returned," Cadigan said.Snook's father died Feb. 24. The funeral will be held in St. John's on Friday, according to an obituary.Snook will be held at Her Majesty's Penitentiary, a provincial jail, overnight during his time in St. John's, Cadigan said.In 2013, Snook admitted to 46 sex crimes against children, including sexual assault, making and distributing child pornography, and extortion.'He hurt a whole community'Snook's crimes sparked outrage and shock in Saint John, where he was a popular youth pastor in the south end.For years, Snook ran a hot lunch program for underprivileged children, "deliberately" placing himself "in the positions to abuse young boys and seriously harm the community which supported him," Judge Alfred Brien wrote in Snook's sentencing decision.Snook was paraded through Saint John City Hall by RCMP following his ...