Colborne ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Business Buzz: April 10 - The London Free PressThursday, April 12, 2018
Cassandra DeMelo has opened a law office on Colborne Street, just south of Horton St. in London. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)ShareAdjustCommentPrintLawyer makes a case for revitalized SoHoCassandra DeMelo has big hopes for SoHo.Last year, she bought an old home at 239 Colborne St. and after some renovations, it became the office for her law practice (www.demelolaw.com) in November.That’s a common practice in Old North and other neighborhoods, but an innovation for SoHo.As a criminal lawyer DeMelo is aware the neighbourhood has struggled with social issues, but she said property prices are a bargain.“We wanted to be close to downtown given how often we are at the courthouse and there’s a lot of value there,” she said,But she also has roots in the area. Her family, emigrants from Portugal, lived in a home just two blocks south of her office for a number of years.Although DeMelo is still under 30, she is going into her fifth year of law practice.DeMelo is currently pursuing a Masters of Law degree at Western University with...
Funeral to be held for fire victims | St. Catharines Standard - St. Catharines StandardFriday, June 2, 2017
Tammy Burd and her children Samantha and Joshua Zuvic will be laid to rest Friday as the community continues to mourn the tragic loss of four lives in a recent Port Colborne fire.The blaze that tore through a Nickel Street home early on Dec. 14 claimed the lives of Tammy, 37, Samantha, 15, and Joshua, 2, as well as Tammy’s grandmother Eva Burd, 83.Eva’s funeral was held Monday.“Everyone is affected by this and we’re pulling together as best you can,” Ryan Torkos, owner of Armstrong Funeral Home and Chapel, said of the community’s emotional state following the devastating event.The funeral home is overseeing the services held in honour of the victims.Their grieving family has declined to comment.The tragedy has had a swift impact on the city, leaving even its first responders shaken.“The community here in Port Colborne, they’ve been very supportive,” Torkos said, crediting people for stepping up to offer assistance in any way they can.He called it fortunate that the Burd-Zuvic family is “tight-knit,” with its members able to act as a support system for one another during such a difficult time.Tammy’s husband Joe Zuvic, 37, and a family uncle Gary B...
Sargant inducted into Hall of Fame - Collingwood Enterprise BulletinThursday, March 9, 2017
OHL with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as well as Jr. B teams in Collingwood, Barrie and Orillia.He became an event planner and worked in his early days in Port Colborne where he transformed Canal Days from a small festival to a signature event in the province.“He completely renovated the festival and made it an enormous three-day event. He brought in bands, and comedians and jugglers and rib-fest stuff and converted the event so it became a focal point in the Niagara region for people to to go to Port Colborne and have a great time,” Measures said.Sargant organized the community funeral for Wiarton Willy when the groundhog died two weeks before Groundhog Day.“Then the next year, they had Wiarton Willy’s cousin, a new ground hog,” said Measures.He also worked in Niagara Falls and for a short time in Collingwood before coming to Clearview.Before Sargant’s arrival in Clearview former Mayor Ken Ferguson and council decided not to sell the community halls across the large township that were not being used often and which had fallen into disrepair.The halls where brought into the township’s parks and recreation department which began overseeing the halls and their volunteers.“Then Shane came in and said, You’ve got all these beautiful halls, why don’t we throw a festival with all these halls. Get them all together on big weekend.“Council said ‘yes’ and we put $50,000 behind it,” said Measures.It would be the first time holding a festival for the entire township. It came at a time when the township had also decided on a new logo and a Small Halls logo.“So we created this Small Halls Festival and it was a huge success,” said Measures, who was the festival chair in year firstname.lastname@example.org/GiseleSarvis Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Family, friends gather to remember three killed in Brampton fire - Globalnews.caWednesday, March 1, 2017
The incident was the latest in a string of deadly house fires in Ontario over the last few months.Four family members died in a fire in Port Colborne in mid-December. About 12 hours later, a fire ripped through a home on Oneida Nation of the Thames, killing four children and their father.READ MORE: Human remains found at scene of house fire northwest of TorontoOn Christmas Eve, a mother, father and their two sons died in a blaze in a cottage near Peterborough, Ont. Two others died in a fire near Chatham-Kent in late January.With files from the Canadian Press.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
The Suicide Bomber Next Door - Toronto LifeThursday, January 19, 2017
Instead, he worked a succession of contract jobs. The Drivers moved around constantly, jumping across Canada from Regina to Kitchener to Port Colborne. On Sundays, they would go to church, then pack a picnic lunch and head to a nearby beach on Lake Erie.
Everything changed when Aaron was seven. Doctors discovered an inoperable tumour in his mom’s brain. Aaron didn’t understand how sick she was until his dad brought him to the hospital to see her undergo radiation. That’s when it sunk in: she wasn’t going to be okay. Aaron grew quiet and withdrawn, spending entire days in the hospital room with his mom.
A few months after Linda was diagnosed, she fell into a coma and never woke up. Aaron was inconsolable. He and his father were suddenly on their own—his older siblings had already moved out—and Aaron found the loneliness unbearable. In the following months, he often refused to get out of bed to go to school. He stopped eating his lunches, telling Wayne that, if he starved himself to death, he could be with his mom in heaven.
When Aaron was nine, his dad met a woman named Monica on a Christian dating site. Aaron seemed to like her at first, but that changed when, several months later, she and Wayne announced they were getting married. Aaron snapped. He raged and screamed, telling his dad nobody would ever replace his mom—and that he wished Wayne had died instead. Wayne took Aaron to a Christian bereavement counsellor, but his son refused to participate. He tried again with a psychiatrist and had to drag Aaron into the office; he sat through the entire appointment in silence. When Wayne brought a family counsellor in for home sessions, Aaron would storm out of the room. Eventually, Wayne stopped trying altogether.
After Wayne and Monica got married, Aaron spent most of his time alone in his room. He never watched TV because he didn’t want to sit with the r...
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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'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...