New Waterford NS Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Joseph Kepiro - LancasterOnlineThursday, April 12, 2018
Ephrata, PA, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Lancaster General Hospital.He was the beloved husband of Harriet Steffy Kepiro with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Stephen and Mary Bihary Kepiro.Joe was owner and operator of Keystone Kennels of Parkesburg and later he was the owner and operator of Lincoln Lodge Motel of Lancaster. Always the inventor, he held many patents throughout his lifetime.He is survived, in addition to his wife, by three children: Suzanne K. Yoder and husband Leslie, of Gap, Joseph L. Kepiro and wife Connie, of Lititz, and James M. Kepiro and wife Deborah, of Strasburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and three brothers, Stephen Kepiro of Coatesville, Alex Kepiro of Lancaster and Tebor Kepiro of Parkesburg.He was predeceased by his sister, Pearl Verses.Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11 AM from the Parkesburg Mennonite Church, 6 E. 2nd Ave, Parkesburg, PA 19365 followed by interment at the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery, Gap, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the viewing on Thursday evening from 6 to 8:00 PM at the Wilde Fune...
EDITORIAL: Paul MacEwan stood long and proud for Cape Breton - TheChronicleHerald.caFriday, June 2, 2017
MacEwan was no shrinking violet.
In one memorable incident at the legislature more than 40 years ago, Mr. MacEwan was punched in the face by fellow Cape Breton MLA Mike Laffin after an argument over New Waterford water problems.
He was expelled from the NDP in 1980 for taking a party executive member to task.
Gordie Goose, his political successor, knew he had to try to fill an awfully large pair of shoes.
Mr. Gosse, who left the seat in 2015, gives us a picture of Mr. MacEwan at work as a political champion who met and assisted people in their homes. “He went and sat at all of those kitchen tables, you could never count how many kitchen tables he sat at,” said Mr. Gosse.
Mr. MacEwan began his working life as a teacher at Ashby School, Central School and Whitney Pier Junior High between 1963 and 1970. He was also an accomplished pianist, having studied music with his parents. And he wrote three books: Miners and Steel Workers: Labour in Cape Breton (1976), Confederation and the Maritimes (1976), and The Akerman Years: Jeremy Akerman and the Nova Scotia NDP, 1965-1980 (1980).
A funeral service is scheduled for today at Whitney Pier’s Holy Redeemer Church.
Mr. MacEwan stood long and proud for his Cape Breton constituents and will be rightly remembered for his down-to-earth touch with the people and province he loved dearly.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Unbreakable Joan Jessome - The Coast Halifax (blog)Friday, June 2, 2017
So who is this polarizing person? And what makes her tick?———Joan Jessome was born in 1958 in New Waterford, the Cape Breton heart of Nova Scotia's trade union movement, but she didn't know—or care—about that then. Her father was a union coal miner and occasional moonshiner; her mother baked molasses cookies to hide the smell in case the police came by. Jessome was the oldest of their six children. "I was supposed to be the caregiver, and there were great expectations." She didn't meet them.She recalls being bullied in school. "I don't remember one good day." She dropped out in Grade 11 at age 17. She was, by her own admission, "wild," when she fell in love with a married man four years her senior named Terry. After she became pregnant, "there was hell to pay." She sought help from a local parish priest who molested her. She ran away to British Columbia, fell into a depression, overdosed on pills and got sent to a hospital psych ward.Bargaining powerJoan Jessome played a key role in getting home-care support workers organized. Together they were able to join NSGEU, where Jessome’s tough negotiating earned major wage increases—and might just have inspired premier Stephen McNeil to name them an essential service with Bill 30, weakening their right to strike. Here’s the hourly wage for a fully trained and certified home support worker over the past 17 years, compared to the provincial minimum wage for experienced workers.YearHome-care workers' hourly wageNS minimum wage1999$10.50$5.602000$11.95$5.702001$11.95$5.802002$12.18$6.002003$12.67$6.252004$12.93$6.502005$14.04$6.802006$14.75$7.152007$14.75$7.602008$14.75$8.102009$16.07$8.602010$16.34$9.652011$16.50$10.002012$17.00$10.152013$17.42$10.302014$17.95$10.402015$17.95$10.60She returned to Cape Breton in time to give birth to her daughter, Shauna, on June 28, 1976. But Jessome's parents refused to let her return home with the baby, so she says she agreed to hand her daughter over to her local church for one month so she could travel to Halifax, land a job, get an apartment and then return to pick up her daughter. Instead, church officials called the police, who issued a warrant for her arrest for desertion.She arrived in court with no lawyer. Luckily, "the judge took pity on me. He criticized the church for what they'd done." He asked how much time she needed. "He gave me six weeks."She got her child back, but her parents still refused to have anything to do with either of them. "When I went to the funeral of my grandfather," Jessome remembers, "I heard my mother say, 'I don't have a daughter named Joan.' My siblings weren't allowed to have anything to do with me."Suddenly, she was pregnant again. She shrugs. "I was still in love with the guy." When Terra was born in March 1978, Jessome called her mother to let her know she had another granddaughter. Her mother's response: "You'll be happy to know your mother has MS."Their estrangement finally ended 10 months later when Jessome's parents asked her sisters what they wanted for Christmas. They wanted Joan back home.Incredibly, "we became very tight as a family after that," she says today. "The kids loved their grandparents; their grandparents loved them." Jessome's mother even moved in with her and her children in Halifax after Jessome's father died in 1985. But, she admits, "we never talked about what happened." She only finally worked up the courage to t...
Hundreds gather in New Waterford to push for a drug treatment centre - CBC.caFriday, June 2, 2017
More than 300 people gathered at the New Waterford fire hall last night to lobby the provincial government for a treatment centre in the community for those dealing with drug or mental health issues.The public meeting was organized by people who have lost family members to drug overdoses.They've formed a new citizen's group they're calling A Town That Cares.Tom Blanchard is executive director of Talbot House, an addiction treatment and recovery centre in Frenchvale, N.S.He said drug addiction is at a crisis level in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality."I'm telling you we are in crisis and this isn't an opioid crisis because we deal with all drugs. In the last month and a half, I've been at six funerals and I'm tired of burying young people in this community," said Blanchard.He told the gathering he's having trouble accessing services."The police force is carrying the weight of the lack of psychiatrists and counsellors in this area."Tom Blanchard is the executive director of Talbot House an addiction treatment and recove...
Mentally ill inmates don't belong in prison, coroner's inquest hears - CBC.caTuesday, December 27, 2016
Thursday that mentally ill people should not be in a federal penitentiary.
John Lutz was testifying at the inquest into the 2010 death of Glen Edward Wareham, 28, of New Waterford, N.S., who died as a result of complications from extensive self-harm.
"A mental health psychiatric facility is where he should be, but the justice system was responsible for putting him there," said Lutz.
The Shepody Healing Centre is the Correctional Service of Canada's facility in Atlantic Canada for inmates with mental health issues.
Lutz said a mental health psychiatric facility would be a more appropriate setting for inmates like Wareham.
"The Shepody Healing Centre, key people are correctional officers," said Lutz. "At a psychiatric facility there are no officers to egg patients on."
Lutz said some correctional officers came off as "indifferent" in their dealings with Wareham, who was routinely restrained in an effort to prevent him from harming himself.
"I came under the impression that they were just there to collect a paycheque," said Lutz.
"They were also not fond of his family visiting because it was four people and there was some attitude there and you would not find that in a psychiatric facility."
The inquest headed by chief coroner Gregory Fores...
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...
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 ...