Drayton ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Eric Bunnell's People: Always room for the miniature - St. Thomas Times-JournalSaturday, March 2, 2019
Jamie Jardine, who will award a $100 first prize.The exhibition runs the month of March with an opening 2 p.m. March 3.Good week for Aaron Walpole.The talented song-and-dance man is announced for 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 t...
Stony Plain lines 53 Street with hockey sticks for Broncos' Parker Tobin funeral - Edmonton JournalSaturday, March 2, 2019
Tobin sewed by the grandmother of a friend was draped over it partway through the service, which was attended by hundreds of people.Tobin grew up in Stony Plain and played in nearby Spruce Grove and Drayton Valley before being traded to the Broncos. Throughout the week, tributes have been pouring in for a young man who loved hockey, supported his teammates and had a great sense of humour.
Homes along 53 Avenue in Stony Plain were adorned with hockey sticks and ribbons near the Centennial Arena where a funeral was held for Humboldt Broncos goalie Parker Tobin.
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Tobin attended Forest Green School, Stony Plain Central School and was in the 2017 graduating class at Memorial Composite High School, which he attended school for parts of the year while pursuing his competitive hockey career, the Parkland School Division said on its website.While he excelled in athletics and was known for his sense of humour, his dedication and drive was equally apparent in his academic life through his advanced placement courses.Helping out with homework was something Tobin did frequently both in school and with teammates. It earned him a nickname on the bus with his fellow hockey players as "Teacher Tobin," Brandon Ewanchyshyn, Tobin's goalie partner, told the funeral Sunday.Ewanchyshyn - who played hockey, floor ball and other sports with Tobin - said his friend knew how to make light out of dark situations and was famous for his "one-line chirps.""I love you forever, Parker," he said while speaking at the funeral.While many players would listen to music, Tobin would listen to financial podcasts and was considering a career either in business or medicine.Tobin was originally thought to have survived the Broncos' bus collision last week, which killed 16 people. But a Saskatchewan coroner later confirmed he had been email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/CGriwkowsky
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Park players remember fallen MacEwan teammate - Sherwood Park NewsSaturday, March 2, 2019
I've ever met."Lamothe, of Calling Lake, Alta., was a student in the bachelor of science program at MacEwan and in his third year with the Griffins. He also played with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (2013-2014), the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (2013-2015) and the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (2015-2016).Lamothe was a graduate of the Vimy Ridge Academy and also played for the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club. The official cause of death has not been released."He was a real salt-of-the-earth guy," said Griffins forward and another Sherwood Park product Nolan Yaremchuk, 25. "He really thought about other people before he thought about himself. I think that Nakehko was so special in so many different ways. For one, he was so funny, he had a charismatic personality, and he was always wanting to come to the rink to get better. His drive for hockey was something I'd never seen before. He loved playing hockey."
Grant MacEwan Griffins hockey player and Sherwood Park product Cam Gotaas speaks about the death of teammate Nakehko Lamothe. Greg Southam/Postmedia Network
Part Dene and part Cree, Lamothe was a role model for Indigenous youth. He grew up on the Bigstone Cree Nation at Calling Lake and helped run youth hockey programs. Last February, Lamothe invited youth from his community to spend a day with him at MacEwan."He was an incredible teammate and he was very well liked in the dressing room," Griffins head coach Mike Ringrose, a former player for the Sherwood Park Crusaders, said. "He was infectious in terms of his attitude and his work ethic. He was easily the fittest player on our team. Anytime we did any type of fitness competition, he was the one that always came out on top and took care of his body and his diet. He was a leader for us in that regard. On the ice, he was extremely competitive, worked exceptionally hard and was hard to play against. The type of guy you were certainly happy to have on your team and you didn't want to see on the other side."According to teammates...
Marlborough Park murder suspect shot dead by police west of Edmonton - Calgary SunThursday, April 12, 2018
Evansburg around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, an attempt to stop the vehicle he was driving was unsuccessful, leading to a chase involving RCMP members from Evansburg, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Edson, and Drayton Valley.The man led police back and forth multiple times on Highway 16 between Evansburg and Entwistle, RCMP said.The driver managed to avoid multiple spike belts deployed by RCMP but police successfully deflated the fleeing vehicle’s tires near Nojack as it was travelling east.The vehicle rolled eastbound for a time before it came to a stop on Highway 16 near Highway 22.At that point gunfire was exchanged, killing the driver, police said. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.Investigators were still at the scene Friday, although no further details of Thursday’s events have been released.The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the province’s independent police watchdog that investigates police-related shootings and deaths, has also been called in to investigate.The El-Dib family expressed their appreciation to the Calgary Police Service and the community.“We just know that we’re going to be at peace and we’re going to move on from this,” Racha El-Dib said.A GoFundMe campaign created in Nadia’s name has raised $34,00o in two days, exceeding the $30,000 goal. The money is to be used to help cover the family’s funeral costs and other expenses.RRumbolt@postmedia.comOn Twitter: @RCRumboltCommentsShare your thoughtsLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Funeral service to be held for former editor of Sylvan Lake News - Sylvan Lake News Tuesday, April 4, 2017
'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...
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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11-year-old Riya Rajkumar remembered as a dreamer - CTV News WindsorSaturday, March 2, 2019
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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...