Elgin ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Eric Bunnell's People: Always room for the miniature - St. Thomas Times-JournalSaturday, March 2, 2019
Not sleet nor rain nor snow - all of which we seem to have had in abundance this winter in StT and Elgin - stand in the way of the 2019 edition of Portside Gallery's just announced, almost-annual late-winter show of miniatures.Fingers crossed!A flood forced cancellation of the 2018 exhibition of small artworks at the artist-run cooperative gallery on Main St. in Port Stanley. A disappointment. It's a popular event as winter dregs on.About 30 artists from the region usually contribute to the invitational exhibition. Their submissions can be no greater than 16 square inches. (Don't ask me metric!) Prices are equally as modest for the ready-to-hang pieces, and Portside pronounces, "When you think that you have no more room for art you can always find a small spot for a miniature!"Judging the show this year is London artist 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...
Funeral held in honour of 4 abandoned babies in Ontario - Globalnews.caThursday, April 12, 2018
Ontario and those are the ones that are found,” said Ellen Campbell, CEO and founder of Abuse Hurts, the organization laying the abandoned babies to rest, in association with Elgin Mills Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Centres.
Newborn baby reportedly found near Toronto mall was born at nearby home, not abandoned: police source Campbell was overcome with emotion as she spoke to the crowd. She has overseen the burials of 11 babies over 11 years.“The majority of babies, that we know the history is, they’ve been thrown in the garbage or dumpster or left in a suitcase,” Campbell said.Three of the babies now being buried were found together in a box in London, Ont., in 2009. The fourth baby was abandoned this past Christmas in a Toronto hospital.“If you abandon that baby in a field or in a dumpster or in a lake, there’s a distinct possibility that that baby is going to die,” John Muise, the director of Public Safety for Abuse Hurt, said.He and Campbell are pushing for safe haven laws for Ontario, like in the United States, that would provide a safe alternative to infant abandonment.“It’s just an opportunity to say, ‘You have a safe space that you can go, you can leave that baby safely in a baby box in a hospital,'” he said. “And you can leave that situation no questions asked, nobody is going to judge you, but that baby is going to be alive, that baby is going to be cared for.”Currently, all 50 states in the U.S. have enacted “Safe Haven Laws” or “Baby Moses Laws,” allowing mothers to leave unwanted babies ...
Kathleen FritzWednesday, August 2, 2017
On February 24, 1916 Kathleen was born in Mount Forest Ontario to Dr. and Mrs. George Beacom- a sister for Jack, Roy and Bill – now deceased. She is predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Elgin Fritz. Kathleen is survived by her niece, Hope (Ron) Fennell and their children Maeghan (Mike) Rohwer and John (Christine) Fennell and their children Ava and Carter; her nieces Janet (Glenn) Smyth, Betty (Paul) Thornton, nephews Gardiner (Joan) Beacom, Kirk (Delilah) Beacom and their children. She is predeceased by her nephew, Karl (Jackie) Beacom and their children.
Kathleen remembered fondly her days in Mount Forest – leadership of fine teachers and access to sports with her brothers and friends.
After graduating from Listowel Secondary School, Kathleen attended Teachers College in Stratford Ontario – the start of a 35year teaching career that included schools in Milverton, Stratford, Leaside and St. Catharines.
In 1950 Kathleen married Elgin Fritz and moved from Leaside, Toronto to St. Catharines where they enjoyed volunteer and church activities together. Neighbourhood children came often for cookies, hand-made mittens and story time. Elgin predeceased her in 1988.
Kathleen was a...
Ross McMasterTuesday, May 9, 2017
McMASTER, Ross Alden – passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife by his side. Ross McMaster of Wooler in his 93rd year. Loved son of the late Elgin and Elva (Hawley) McMaster. Beloved husband of Anne (Meyer) McMaster. Loving father of Anne's children, the Late Sydney (Sandi) Van Vaals of Markham, Harry (Barbara) Van Vaals of Calgary, Jeannie Button of Trenton and Kevin Van Vaals of Orland. Ever remembered grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of seven. Predeceased by sister Hazel White. The family will receive friends at the RUSHNELL FUNERAL CENTRE, 60 Division Street, Trenton on Wednesday, May 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at the Wooler United Church on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Dr. Kathy Edmison officiating. Interment McPhails Cemetery. If desired, Memorial Donations to the Wooler United Church Memorial Fund or the Hastings and Prince Edward Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences at www.rushnellfamilyservices.com...
Ten Moments in Canadian Popular Culture - Brock PressTuesday, April 4, 2017
Ouimet’s own movies) as well as French and translated American movies. Twenty years after its establishment, the Ouimentoscope closed its doors. Come 1957, The Elgin Theatre in Ottawa became the first theatre in the world with two screens capable of screening two programs at once.1915 – “In Flanders Field” was writtenThe iconic war poem of remembrance, “In Flanders Field,” was written by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915 and published in a British magazine on December 8. McCrae fought in the second battle of Ypres, in Flanders, Belgium, and felt inspired to write after attending the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. By the end of World War I in 1918, red poppies, made popular by the poem, were used as a mark of remembrance for those who served their country.1920 – Group of Seven ExhibitionThe Group of Seven was an iconic group of Canadian painters who came together in 1920 and continued to work together to produce art into the 1930s. During this time, they started the first major national art movement in Canada. The group, best known for their breathtaking landscape paintings and the great influence they had on Canadian artists to come, were some of the most important artists in the country. Today, pieces of their artwork collections can be found at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Art Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.1976 – Toronto International Film Festival beginsThe Toronto International Film Festival, founded in 1976, is one of the most worldrenound and influential film festivals in the world to date. The event, originally — and strangely — named the Toronto Festival of Festivals, was a movie extravaganza of the best films from other global film festivals and has since featured and even premiered many Oscar winning pictures. Until the opening of the TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2010, the festival had no “permanent” location, but had moved from its original location in Yorkville to the Toronto Entertainment District where it remains today. As one of the most publicly-attended film festivals, TIFF receives an estimated half-million viewers, visitors and fans every year.1980 – Terry Fox starts his run across CanadaManitoba-born Terry Fox started his iconic Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980. The run, which was intended to span the entire length of Canada, was Terry’s way of raising awareness for cancer — the reason behind the loss of his leg. Along his route, crowds would wait to greet the “hometown hero” as he passed by, cheering him on. Terry was forced to stop his run outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario in the fall of 1980 and come the summer of 1981, he passed away after the cancer returned and spread to his lungs. To this day, schools and organizations across Canada take part in an annual Terry Fox run, in hope that one day cancer will be cured.1984 – Cirque du Soleil is foundedFounded and based in Montr...
'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
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...