Cambridge ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Region's first privately run crematorium to open in Kitchener - TheRecord.comSaturday, March 2, 2019
Bhardwaj is confident there is room for three crematoria in the region.
"We haven't been open yet, but we're already getting multiple calls a week" from families in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, he said. Many families from the region travel to Etobicoke, where he owns the Lotus Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, which also has a large Asian clientele.
In Ontario, cremations rates have steadily risen over the past couple of decades. In 2017, the cremation rate in Ontario was between 60 and 70 per cent, according to the Cremation Association of North America.
People are choosing cremations for a number of reasons, Bradshaw said. First, it's less expensive than a traditional funeral and burial.
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Eric Bunnell's People: Always room for the miniature - St. Thomas Times-JournalSaturday, March 2, 2019
Drayton Entertainment's coming production, Rocky: The Musical.Since Broadway and the national U.S. tour of Kinky Boots, Aaron pretty much is a regular on the Drayton stage. Saw him in fall in Cambridge as Sancho, sidekick to Drayton boss Alex Mustakas as Don Quixote. Solid.Joining what Drayton promises is a "knockout cast" for Rocky, Aaron is to play underdog boxer Rocky Balboa's best friend, Paulie.On the boards March 6-31 at Drayton's 500-seat home Hamilton Family Theatre, Cambridge, and returning July 18-Aug. 3, with a remount at Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend. Ringside seats by clicking thru draytonentertainment.com Did I say a good week for our Elgin native?How about a great one.Two days later, Aaron posts news of the birth of a second boy for Stefanie and him.Congrats!With its seven theatres, Drayton since its founding in 1991 in tiny Drayton, Ont., has become the little summer festival that not only could, it has.Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the company now is the third largest theatre festival in Ontario, after Stratford and Shaw.And currently working hard behind scenes in Cambridge is StT native Dariusz Korbiel, who is designing 150+ costumes - that's a lot! - for Drayton's coming production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.It's the first professional Canadian regional theatre production of the musical about three Australian drag queens who board a "budget Barbie camper van" named Priscilla to find their fabulous selves in the Outback.Dariusz's credits incl. 2017 design assistant at Shaw Festival, and studying set and costume design at National Theatre School The show is up March 13-April 7 at Drayton's 398-seat St. Jacob's Country Playhouse, opening the season for the venue.Nominated for his work preserving the London region's past, Elgin County Museum curator Mike Baker, who was London Museum's regional history curator for 17 years before we snatched the Sparta resident for our own.He is one of six persons nominated for a 2019 London Heritage Awards advocacy award.Announcing candidates for the 12th annual tribute, the awards' sponsoring Architectural Conservancy of Ontario London and Heritage London Foundation, nod to Mike as a historian, author, speaker, heritage advocate, and former president of both ACO London and HLF.Nominated for recognition for heritage property conservation and reuse are Adam Carapella and Ian Campbell, in part for their "creative reuse" of the former London Street Railway's 1894 power plant building which now is shared by StT headquartered Braam's Custom Cabinets as th...
Deadly house fire in Cambridge ruled accidental - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
A house fire in Cambridge that left one man dead may have started when food was left unattended while cooking in the home’s kitchen.
The cause of last week’s fire on Queen Street East has not been officially determined, but the Office of the Fire Marshal says it is considered accidental and unattended cooking is the leading theory.
Rob Briere, 32, was killed in the fire. He lived in the home’s basement apartment, according to people who knew him, and was good friends with homeowner John Orth.
Orth was able to get himself, his wife and their daughter out of the house unharmed. After that, sister-in-law Darlene Keating says, Orth’s thoughts immediately turned to his friend in the basement.
“From what I understood, the windows exploded (and) he was unable to get his friend out,” Keating said Tuesday.
“He’s sad and upset, and wishes he could have done more.”
In the five days since the fire, there has been a significant amount of community support for Briere and the Orth family.
Two fundraisers have...
Richard E. Paré, 81, of Marlborough - Community AdvocateThursday, April 12, 2018
Janette Paré of Beverly Hills, Fla., and his brother, Roger Paré, also of Hyannis. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert Paré and Kenneth Paré.Dick was born in Southbridge and grew up in Cambridge with his parents, Rose and Harold Norton. He attended the Cambridge Schools, graduating as an accomplished cabinetmaker from Cambridge Rindge Tech. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he was educated in hydraulics working on the ship engines. Upon his honorable discharge, he married his childhood sweetheart Joy and began his life of family.Dick was educated at Wentworth Institute in Boston, where he continued his education in hydraulics. He worked his entire life as an Industrial Sales Representative, utilizing his extensive knowledge in mechanical and hydraulic engineering for large water treatment and electrical plants throughout the Northeast.During his leisure time, camping, catch and release fishing, and boating were his passions that he passed on to his son and grandsons. Upon retirement, Dick and Joy took their love of camping on the road with Dick’s beloved Allegro Motorhome, traveling to visit friends and family in Arizona, Texas, and Florida, and when not on the road they spent every summer in Weare, N.H. camping with lifelong friends and family.Dick’s family meant the world to him and he cherished his friends. He had the gift of being able to talk to anyone about anything and made friends every place he went. Dick was the “go-to guy” for anything to be fixed, repaired or resurrected. He was the guy with all the tools, the latest gadgets and the knowledge that went along with them. His children and grandchildren inherited this trait along with the need to know how everything works.In the span of 28 years, Dick adopted two of his best friends from Buddy Dog Humane Society, Sudbury.To honor Dick’s love for dogs, in lieu of flowers, please visit www.buddydoghs.com/donate.Visitation will take place Tu...
Former Credit Valley golf pro Jerry Anderson dies at 62 - mississauga.comThursday, April 12, 2018
A gathering of remembrance will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the T. Little Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, located at 223 Main Street in Cambridge.The PGA of Canada is deeply saddened by the passing of revered PGA of Canada member Jerry Anderson.
Anderson won the 1987 PGA Championship of Canada and was inducted into the PGA of Canada Hall of Fame in 2016.
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'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-StandardSaturday, March 2, 2019
Australia.She described their life Down Under as "very comfortable," and admitted their new one in Kingston was a significant transition. She wants to work, but she's found that Ontario's social assistance has made it next to impossible. She said the problem is that if you earn more than $500 a month, the province starts taxing it dollar-for-dollar up to 50 per cent. After 50 per cent, a person loses social assistance and any benefits, she said."It makes it frightening. I know why people don't want to get off of it," Wiwchar said."I went to an employment agency and was told basically I'm unemployable to them … I went home and I cried. How am I unemployable? I worked as a medic, as a makeup artist, I managed retail, and I have office training."Kerry is also on disability due to severe arthritis and is diagnosed bipolar. Her life has not been an easy one. In the winter of 2016 she says police recommended she reach out to Interval House because her ex-boyfriend, who constantly assaulted and stole from Kerry, had been released on parole and hadn't attended his halfway house."He just came and went as he pleased," Kerry said of her relationship with the man. "His whole family for six years just totally took over my life … he would inject me [with hydromorphone] while I was sleeping."At one point, she said, he kept her overdosed for three days so that he could steal her medications. Her 10-year-old son and dog at the time waited for her to wake."My son just laid with me," Kerry said. "He should have called an ambulance but he was afraid he'd be taken away."Taking her medications left her mentally unstable and unable to fully care for herself. Eventually it hospitalized her for five months, forcing Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington to take her preteen son away.Kerry was once a successful medical secretary. She says she was good at her job, but she was addicted to crack cocaine. She was introduced to the drug by another former partner who was also abusive.When she learned that her former partner was being released and was on the run, she was scared that he'd kill her. She called Interval House, stayed in the shelter for six months, and then lived in one of Robin's Hope's accessible units for nearly a year and a half.Kerry has been clean for three and a half years and gives back to Interval House by running painting classes at Robin's Hope. Kerry has also done her best to separate herself from destructive people, and while her sister has custody of her son, she said that relationship is becoming stronger every visit.Kerry explains you have to want to get better."I wanted to do the programs. You don't realize about how naive you are about red flags [in relationships] and boundaries," Kerry said. "I didn't realize how much of a sucker I felt I was, but also how mentally unhealthy I felt that I was to let someone control my mind like that. Call you stupid, make you feel less than."Making Claire feel she was "less than" was her former spouse's strategy to control her. A highly educated woman with a doctorate, Claire was often invited to speak at conferences around the wo...
11-year-old Riya Rajkumar remembered as a dreamer - CTV News WindsorSaturday, March 2, 2019
Last Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:05PM EST
BRAMPTON, Ont. -- An 11-year-old girl allegedly killed by her father in southern Ontario was a dreamer, a dancer and a singer who "always saw the good in every situation."
It was standing room only at an Etobicoke funeral home as friends and family of Rajkumar gathered on Wednesday.
In a eulogy delivered during the Hindu service, which was held at the Lotus Funeral and Cremation Centre on Wednesday morning, Riya was described as a "positive child" who loved life and "saw the good in every situation."
On Tuesday night, about 100 mourners gathered to listen to speeches, poems and songs as the community remembered Riya Rajkumar in Brampton, Ont.
"My daughter Riya was taken from me too early," Priya Ramdin, who did not attend the vigil, said in a statement read by Peel police Deputy Chief Chris McCord.
"She never liked to be negative and always saw the good in every situation. If I'm ever upset, she would say 'Mama, don't be sad, look at the positives."'
The day Riya died -- Valentine's Day -- was also her and her mother's birthdays.
"Early that day, we went to do our nails and her choice of colour was red," Ramdin said.
"She was so excited for her birthday, looking forward to having dinner later that evening. Never did I think that my daughter woul...
Albert Frank Czapski - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteSaturday, March 2, 2019
He was preceded in death by a twin sister, Alberta Dorsey.
Albert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed remote fly-fishing trips to Ontario, Canada, and golfing. He was a graduate of Westville High School, where he played football. He owned and operated Flip's Tavern for 35 years. He worked at Allied Chemical for 35 years and Thirion Glass for five years. He was on the Westville Fire Department and was former president of Westville-Belgium Sanitary District.
Private services and entombment were held at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Danville, with Fr. Robert Hoffmann officiating.
Memorials may be made to Westville Public Library.
Rortvedt Funeral Services, Tilton, assisted the family. Online condolences at rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
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