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3970 Hamilton Rd
Dorchester, ON N0L 1G0
(519) 268-7672

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A mother speaks out about workplace safety - Sarnia Observer

Friday, April 21, 2017

London's Western University.“I got out of the car and I said, 'I'll see you tonight bud.'”Jeremy BowleyJeremy was playing in a baseball game that evening in Dorchester where Kilbourne's aunt lives and they were planning to get together at the ballpark.“I took a second look at the vehicle as it was driving off,” she said.It was a normal day at work, although she remembers everyone was looking forward to the long weekend coming up.Jeremy was working that summer to help pay for what would have been his fourth year in the criminology program at King's University College in London.Kilbourne said he wanted to work in law enforcement and she thought he might up with the Ministry of Natural Resources because he loved being outdoors and camping, fishing and hunting.He also loved sports, including pitching with the London Nationals baseball team.“He was just a gentle soul” and “kind of a quiet guy, until he got to know you,” she said.Jeremy embraced the friendships he had with a group of buddies.One of their traditions was playing a football game each New Year's Day.“Rain, snow, sleet, it didn't matter, they always got together,” Kilbourne said.“They loved doing that.”Most of the players on the ball team were also Jeremy's friends from when he went to Jack Chambers Public School and A.B. Lucas Secondary School in London's north end.That night's ball game came up in a message Jeremy sent Kilbourne later in the day, that said: “Mum, there's no way we're going to done this project, so I've already let the coach know I won't be able to make it to the game.”Kilbourne said that after she returned home that evening they heard on the evening news about a fatal accident involving a crew putting up a wedding tent near Watford.Just the night before, Jeremy had sat on the counter at home and talked about how rough a day he'd had at work, and how they were being sent out the next day to set up for the wedding in the country.He told her he had thought about quitting, but they talked about how the summer was nearly over, and how the money would help with school.“Everyone has bad days at work, that is a part of life,” Kilbourne said.“He was like, 'Well mum, I wouldn't quit today becau...

Francis W. Pirtle, 76, of Hudson - Community Advocate

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ind., the son of Frank Jr. and Esther (Eakins) Pirtle. He leaves his wife, Leona (Pouliot) Murphy Pirtle; his children, Susan Mahara and her husband Rudolph of Fort Wayne, Ind. and David Pirtle of Dorchester, Neb.; his grandchildren, Rudolph Mahara Ill., Carol Mahara, Katherine Randolph, Navy Petty Officer First Class Nathan Pirtle, and Navy Airman Joanna Pirtle; and his great-grandchildren, Cole Randolph, Rudolph Mahara, Ella Mahara, and Adelyn Mahara. He also leaves behind step-children Kathleen and her husband Michael Bilancieri of Marlborough and Edward Murphy and his wife Jennifer of Hudson, as well as step-grandchildren Julia and Jared Bilancieri, and Nathan, Matthew, and Katelynn Murphy. Bill earned his PhD. from Purdue University, and was a mechanical engineer for CTI, Arthur D. Little, and Raytheon before retiring. He was an avid model railroader and was an active member of the Metrowest Model Railroad Society, where he served as president for several years. Bill enjoyed camping with his wife in his later years and was a member of the Family Motorcoach Seacoasters Association. He also enjoyed classical music, playing the trumpet, and singing in the Men’s Ensemble and choir at Trinity Church in Bolton, where he was a longtime member. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m., at Trinity Church, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Rd., ...

Mentally ill inmates don't belong in prison, coroner's inquest hears -

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A retired social worker who worked with a dying inmate in the Shepody Healing Centre in Dorchester told a coroner's inquest 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 unde...

Glen Wareham inquest hears inmate pushed system 'beyond its limit' -

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Shepody Healing Centre in dealing with Glen Edward Wareham was to protect him from himself, an inquest into the inmate's death was told on Tuesday. Louis Blanchard, an institutional psychologist in Dorchester, testified he started working with Wareham in May 2007 and stated that all treatment options for Wareham had been exhausted and staff at the Shepody Healing Centre were mainly waiting for Wareham to be transferred elsewhere by the Correctional Service of Canada. Wareham, 28, from New Waterford, N.S., died in hospital in Moncton in 2010 from complications from self-harm. He was an inmate at the Shepody Healing Centre, which is a mental health facility for prisoners operated by the Correctional Service of Canada. Chief Coroner Gregory Forestell is presiding over an inquest into Wareham's death in Moncton. Blanchard testified that for the three months he dealt with Wareham in 2007, the inmate was in restraints, which were used as a last resort. Blanchard said Wareham was a special case because of his chronic high risk of self-injury. "None of us was comfortable with this," said Blanchard. "We were trying to find a way to remove them." Severe case Blanchard said self-harm cases are commonly dealt wi...

Donald Ford

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

River Road West, Wasaga Beach from 1 pm until the time of Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Spring interment Barrie Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Pioneers Canada (Dorchester, Ontario). For more information and to sign the online Book of Memories, log on to

Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hunter Chamberlain and their son, Bentley, died last Tuesday. Their SUV, northbound on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, crossed the centre line and collided with a transport. The SUV caught fire. Ontario Provincial Police have not released the names of the deceased pending identification by Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences. Whitehead's best friend, Rebecca Chapman, launched a GoFundMe appeal ( on Friday to help Victoria's mother, Jodey Whitehead, pay for funeral costs. Her goal was $2,000. That target was exceeded by more than 50 per cent within 24 hours with $3,186 donated by 66 contributors by 10 a.m Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, the tally grew to $5,980 from 136 donors. In an update, Chapman thanked donors and said the appeal was finished. “As per request by the family, I will be closing donations and taking the funds to them,” she said. “They decided that this is an overwhelming, but very appreciated amount of support, and that they would like me to close the fund as we have reached nearly $6,000.”Many donors offered their condolences about the trio's death. “My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Danielle Heatley. “I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and grandchild,” said MaryClaire Wood in a post. “I pray you find the strength to deal with this terrible loss.“Thanks to everyone for their generosity,” said Jonathan White...

'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Flyers and Marlboros.  (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)Pejcinovski was a promising prospect in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft. “We remember him as a teammate and friend,” West said, urging the boys to “sit together, support each other, and keep playing the game.” And they did, but with a twist. The two teams tossed their sticks into pile at centre ice — with no discernible divide between Flyers and Marlboros. Players picked sticks at random, shuffling them like a deck of cards into two new teams.They then peeled their rival jerseys and put on new ones, black or white with a capital “R,” for Roy, in burgundy. The colour in the boys’ socks — orange and black for the Flye...

Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and Times

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Humboldt later this week. — City of Brockville (@BrockvilleON) April 9, 2018Organizations across Ontario were paying tribute to the victims of last week’s fatal bus crash.The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi truck in northeast Saskatchewan on Friday, killing 15 people and leaving 14 others injured.The fatalities included 10 young teammates, ranging in age from 15 to 21, and five team personnel. Like many people across the country, the Wilsons placed a hockey stick on their porch in what has become a universal tribute to the lost players.The book of condolences is the product of city staff’s collaboration with Brockville’s Irvine Funeral Home.The tragedy also hit close to home for Mike Galbraith, a funeral director at Irvine who helped coordinate the book of condolences.“As a hockey dad, as a parent, as a funeral director, I can appreciate the chaos that’s going on,” he said.“Sometimes, people need an outlet.”Signing a book of condolences is a small way of confronting the powerlessness one feels in the wake of such a tragedy, said Galbraith.“This one’s kind of near and dear to the heart,” he added.“If I had the means and the time, I would fly out there today on a plane and help them out.”The Brockville Braves plan on contributing one dollar from every ticket sold to Tuesday’s Game at the Memorial Centre to a crowdsourcing fund for the victims. Galbraith said another version of the book of condolences will be set up at the arena ahead of that game.“It will all be added to one and sent off at the end of the week,” he added.Some 30 people had signed the city hall book as of mid-afternoon Monday, as word of the tribute began slowly to spread.Some of the people signing came from out of town, including Prescott, Mallorytown, Delta and Kingston.All of the local signatures and messages will be conveyed to Humboldt city hall.Elsewhere locally, organizers of the Brockville Winter Classic Weekend used their Facebook account to post tributes to the Broncos and a link to the crowdsourcing page.Brockville Mayor David Henderson said the scope of the tragedy extends beyond the world of hockey.“I think it wa...