Liverpool NS Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Today in Music History - July 15 - National PostWednesday, July 5, 2017
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014 as the disease limited her ability to travel.In 1958, Julia Lennon, John Lennon’s mother, died in a car crash in Liverpool.In 1959, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver was officially opened by the Queen. A gala concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan and Nicholas Goldschmidt, with violinist Betty-Jean Hagen and soprano Lois Marshall. The theatre was actually first used four days earlier for a Vancouver Symphony concert.In 1960, American opera singer Lawrence Tibbett died in New York at age 63.In 1972, Elton John registered his first No. 1 album when “Honky Chateau” topped the Billboard 200 Album chart.In 1973, singer Ray Davies announced during a concert in London that he was leaving “The Kinks.” He returned after a few days.In 1980, pop stars Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival in a production of “Gilbert and Sullivan’s” “The Pirates of Penzance.” The production moved to Broadway in 1981, and Ronstadt and Smith both starred in a later movie version.In 1982, musician-arranger Bill Justis, whose 1957 recording of “Raunchy” sold a million copies, died in Nashville at the age of 55. “Raunchy,” an alto-sax dominated instrumental, made both the pop and country top-10.In 1986, Columbia Records dropped country star Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash had not had a solo top-10 hit since “The Baron” in 1981. But he was a member of “The Highwaymen” quartet with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and they hit the top of the country charts in 1985. Cash signed a recording contract with Polygram later in 1986.In 1987, Lee Gaines, founder of the gospel-styled vocal group “The Delta Rhythm Boys,” died in Helsinki of cancer at age 73. Gaines wrote lyrics for many songs, including Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.” “The Delta Rhythm Boys” had a hit in 1946 with “Just a Sittin’ and A-Rockin,” and appeared on Ella Fitzgerald’s hit recordings of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons.” At Gaines’s funeral a week after his death, another member of “The Delta Rhythm Boys,” Hugh Bryant, dropped dead of a heart attack.In 1988, MTV banned the video for Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” because it ridiculed MTV sponsors.1989, more than 200,000 people crammed into Venice, a city of 83,000, for a free concert by “Pink Floyd.” The band performed on a floating stage in the Italian city’s lagoon. Residents complained about violence, drug use and littering, and 80 people were slightly hurt in a scuffle before the show began. Concert-goers also complained — about inadequate toilets and emergency facilities.In 1993, the Australian rock band “Midnight Oil” played a free concert in a field of tree stumps at Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The show was part of ...
Bruce MakosFriday, March 17, 2017
Len Bentham, and Karen’s siblings also mourn the loss of an amazing man and good friend.
A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at The Lake House, 600 Liverpool Road, Pickering, on Sunday, April 9, at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you visit kiva.org and consider a loan and/or donation.
Second World War veteran had a quirky sense of humour - Toowoomba ChronicleThursday, March 9, 2017
Ontario, flying Cornells, Harvards, Cessna Crane Twins, and instructing in Avro Ansons in Saskatchewan - all before he was 20-years-old.
In January, 1944, he sailed on the SS Normandie back to Liverpool.
Kenneth Alan Wilkinson served during the Second World War.Contributed
From there he was stationed at Harrogate, Sywell, Lincolnshire, and Scotland training in Oxfords, Blind Flying Blenheims, Beauforts, night flying in ice and snow as well as Beaufighters and Mosquitoes.
A lifelong friendship was formed with his navigator Paddy (Harold) McNabb, who was a teacher from Belfast.
With victory in Europe, the war was over but Ken and Paddy joined the No12 Ferry Unit at Melton Mowbray, where they tested aircrafts.
On July 29, 1945, Ken and Paddy left for the 20th Squadron. They travelled to Poona, India via France, Malta, Cairo, Habanyia - Barhein, Nagpur to Poona.
From March 1946, they started ferrying Mosquitoes and Sunderlands to Singapore and Penang as well as Dakotas to Changi.
They were involved with Air Sea Rescue for planes, after which Ken was in charge of the Air Sea Rescue Officers shop in Raffles Square.
Ken was demobbed in October 1946, after which he did a business course, then worked with Wallace Arnold Tours.
The little union jack flag that flew with Ken and Paddy has continued for the past 70 years to travel each Christmas, with Ken and Paddy each keeping it for a year.
In 1948 at a ball in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, Ken met Rita Smurthwaite, whom he married in Burley- in-Wharfedale's St Mary's church on April 21, 1948.
They sailed soon after with Rita's family to New Zealand, but moved to Toowoomba in April 1952.
Soon after arriving in Toowoomba, Ken joined the Repertory Society and Toowoomba Choral Society so each year the family learnt and sang the words for the musicals.
Ken kept the programs of every show he performed during the next 50 years.
Most of the portraits in these show programs were done by Ken as photography was a big part of his life with a photographic record of anything and everything he was involved in.
Rita and Ken's four children were born in Toowoomba - Christine, Peter, Wendy and Jeremy.
Ken's brother -in-law, John Dunbar starte...
Liverpool loses one of its most successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists - The AdvanceFriday, September 30, 2016
LIVERPOOL - Dr. Bill Murphy, 84, died at home on Sept. 28.
He was the co-founder and president of Mersey Seafoods for more than half a Century.
Murphy graduated with a degree in dentistry in 1956. He married Janet Roper the same year, and moved to Liverpool, where he ran a family dentistry practice.
In 1964, he co-founded Mersey Seafoods Ltd. He later gave up his dentist practice to run Mersey Seafoods. He grew the business to include plants in Moose Harbour, Guysborough County, Petit de Grat, and Souris, P.E.I. His son joined the business in the early 1980’s They oversaw the building of three pioneering freezer trawlers - Mersey Viking (1980), Mersey Venture (1987), and Mersey Phoenix (2002) - and the expansion of markets for once-underutilized species. At its peak, Mersey Seafoods employed close to 2000 people.
He was appointed to many industry panels, government advisory boards, and international trade commissions. He was particularly honoured to have served as two-term Chair of th...
Aleta Williams, trailblazing journalist with deep church connection, dies at age 94 - TheChronicleHerald.caThursday, April 12, 2018
She was also a member of the board of the United Way of Pictou County, the African United Baptist Association, AUBA Women’s Institute, Black United Front of Nova Scotia, Pictou County Council of Churches, Pictou County Seniors Festival and Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care. Her volunteerism did not go unnoticed as she was the recipient of awards from the Black Cultural Centre, United Way, Pictou County Music Festival as well as a cultural heritage award from the Town of New Glasgow to name a few.
“I have been here (in Pictou County) since 1989 and what always amazed me was her quiet gentleness and anything you asked her do, it was done excellently,” said Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson of New Glasgow.
Aleta Williams: The first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media. She worked for The Evening News in New Glasgow for 20 years and continued to write for the newspaper well into her 80s. #newglasgow#aletawilliams#violadesmondpic.twitter.com/PKj0oaH9C4 — Michael de Adder (@deAdder) April 12, 2018
Many people will remember Williams for her career accomplishment as the first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media.
But this wasn’t the job that Williams was looking for when she sat down for an interview with Harry Sutherland, owner of The Evening News, now known as The News. She had applied for a position in business administration but Sutherland was so impressed with her, he asked her to work in his editorial department. She accepted and within a few months was named women’s editor.
“Aleta is a true pillar in her community and has been a trailblazer her entire life, without even realizing it,” said Jackie Jardine, editor of the Pictou Advocate and former community editor at The News. “She went to work at a time when most women were just entering the workforce and continued to work long after retirement. In fact, she was still writing newspaper columns when she was well into her 80s.”
For 20 years, she worked as family and community editor for The Evening News and was known for putting people at ease. Widowed at a young age and while most of her children were still at home, she never missed their school, music or sports events. Nor did she cut back on her commitments to her church or her community involvement.
“As a journalist, she knew her community,” said Dave Glenen, regional editor for Nova Scotia for Saltwire Network. “As we chased the fires, the mayors, the crime, she sought out the ordinary and drew out their stories. While most hoped not to be a target of some of our stories, all celebrated being in one of Aleta’s. It was common to hear on the weekends, people talking about the latest Aleta feature.”
Throughout her career she believed passionately that everyone has a story to tell and immediately put people at ease in the telling while she ...
CP Explains: How bodies are identified by the authorities - Salmon Arm ObserverThursday, April 12, 2018
That’s often the easiest and quickest way to identify a body,” said Dr. Matt Bowes, chief medical examiner for Nova Scotia.Another option is using genetic matching. The problem is that it can take time to get the DNA comparisons done.“You want to give information to families quickly and you want to figure things out as quickly as you can, so it’s always at the moment thinking what is the best approach to take,” Huyer said.Related: Dyed hair a factor in Humboldt bus crash victim mix-upWhat difficulties did the Saskatchewan coroner face in the bus crash?The situation in Saskatchewan was complex for several reasons. One of them was the large number of victims who had suffered terrible injuries that rendered them less recognizable. Further compounding the problem was that the teammates had dyed their hair blond for the playoffs, were of similar age and similar build.“In addition to that, the coroner is probably under a tremendous amount of pressure to clear the scene for obvious reasons of compassion,” Bowes said. “Nobody likes to stand in the way of reuniting of the family and the loved one. This is certainly the kind of thing where an error could occur.”Given the frailties inherent in any identification process, errors can and do occur, Bowes said.“They’re famous in our community,” he said. “They’re one of the things we’re very mindful of.”In one case, a man in Toronto was hit by a commuter train in 2004 and a visual identification by his sister was done. The family was at the funeral, when the man himself arrived at the sister’s house to say he wasn’t dead. “That would be one of the most extraordinary examples in Canadian history,” Bouwer said.What should be done when ID mistakes do happen.The important thing is to be very upfront and honest about what happened, Bowes said. He gave authorities in Saskatchewan credit for doing just that.“We all have to remember these things do happen,” Bowes said. “Most people are tremendously forgiving when you’re humble and forthcoming with your error.”Bowes also suggested a staff meeting to re-examine standard operating procedures to see what might have been done differently to prevent a recurrence of the mix-up. Even the best written procedures can be rewritten, he said.Fortunately, the situation in Saskatchewan is an extraordinarily rare circumstance in Canada, Bowes said.“A mass-fatality event with 15 dead is almost unknown in Canada. You can practically count them on the fingers of your hands. They are rare.”Colin Perkel, The Can...
Cornwall and Area Death Notices - Cornwall Seaway NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Your ability to make a career of your passion (flying), your role at the core of a happy family and your deep love of jazz continue to shape all of our lives. Bruce Burgess was born in Amherst Nova Scotia in 1932, son of Clifford Burgess and Eva Trueman. He volunteered, at the age of 18, to join the Royal Canadian Air Force at the start of the cold war, serving from 1951 to 1987, as a jetfighter pilot. During flight training he was the recipient of the JD Siddley trophy for best performance, receiving his commission as a Pilot Officer in the RCAF in 1952. He served two tours in Germany, initially flying CF-86 sabres with 434 Squadron in Zweibrucken from 1953-54 and then returning to command 441 and 439 Squadrons flying CF-104 starfighters in Lahr and Baden-Sollingen from 1969-72. After his first tour overseas he married his high-school sweetheart and lifelong love, Faith Marie Mill, in December 1954. Returning to Canada from Europe in 1954 he served in the Overseas Ferry Unit, flying small single-engined fighters across the Atlantic to Europe from Longeueil, Quebec. Postings through the late 50s and early 60s saw him training the RCAF’s (and NATO’s) growing cadre of pilots in Portage la Prairie, Saskatoon and Gimli. His experience with accident investigation within the Flight Safety Directorate in Ottawa from 1965-68 helped initiate safety procedures that dramatically brought down the accident rate amongst new jet pilots. After a year’s study in Staff College in Kingston and operational training in Chatham and Cold Lake, Bruce Burgess returned to Europe, commanding 441 and 439 reconnaissance squadrons flying CF-104s in Germany and studying with the Royal Air Force Warfare College at RAF Manby in 1...