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'She was everything:' Family mourns Fergus mother killed in head-on crash - TheSpec.com

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The 38-year-old woman — a teacher, a nurse, a wife and a mother of three boys — died in a head-on collision on Thursday afternoon on County Road 21 near the 4th Line, just outside of Elora. The family and those who knew her are reeling from her loss."She was everything," said Randy, her husband of nearly 14 years, reached by phone on Monday morning."She was smart, beautiful, selfless—she taught me how to be selfless."The tragic crash "blindsided" the family, he said, his voice breaking off at times in bouts of emotion. He and his boys, aged 8,10 and 12, have been dealing with the news in their own way. Sometimes they break down and sometimes they talk it out, but they've been making their way forward with the full support of the community.On Friday, Patrick Stiles, Randy's brother, launched a GoFundMe campaign in Amy's name to help her family get through the initial trauma. By Monday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $26,000 by around 380 people."Everybody just loved her," he said, adding all the money collected will given to Randy and his kids to help them move forward from this tragedy.The family is going through moments of "shock and denial," but they're supporting one another and generally coping well at this point, Patrick said.As the weeks go by and life returns to normal again...

Two infants killed in 1903 train wreck near Ponsonby - Wellington Advertiser

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Between 1900 and 1909, the Grand Trunk suffered six wrecks on its line from Guelph to Elora and Fergus. Most tragic of these was a derailment on March 18, 1903, about one mile south of Ponsonby in Pilkington Township, where the line crossed a stream known locally as Keating Creek. This mishap claimed the lives of two infants, and sent about 30 people to hospitals in Fergus and Guelph. On the fateful morning, a Wednesday, engineer Fred Heslewood eased Train 17 out of the Guelph station at a few minutes after 11am. He was almost a half hour behind schedule, but this was not unusual for the Grand Trunk. He stopped briefly at Marden, which was only a flag stop for this train, to let off Roadmaster Ferguson, who wanted to check some trackage in the large gravel pit there. Heslewood started his train again to make the dash to Elora. Two miles farther, he glanced back and noticed the rear car seemed to be out of alignment. He had just crested a hill, and his train gained speed as it approached the crossing of Keating Creek, which was swollen with spring flood water. The last car, a first class coach, was indeed off the rails, and bouncing the passengers “like marbles in a box,” according to one survivor. The bobbing coach soon pulled the car in front of it – a combination smoking car and mail car – off the rails. The third car, filled with express and baggage, followed, and the tender of the locomotive derailed as well when Heslewood managed to get his locomotive stopped. By then the cars had careened down a 15-foot embankment, landing on their sides in two feet of icy water. Bruised and dazed passengers moaned as they tried to pull themselves out of the water and off one another. The uninjured broke windows and pulled themselves out, then tried to get the injured out. Dr. Savage of Guelph, a passenger, took charge of the rescue effort. Uninjured passengers, ...
http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID%3D1000002010

Gary Smith Passes - Standardbred Canada

Friday, January 6, 2017

Burnaby, Bill (Janice) of Peterborough, Peter of Peterborough, Rhonda (Jeff Bond) of Pontypool, Jamie (Stephanie) of Walkerton and Pamela of Peterborough. Missed by Gail’s sons Chris (Amy) Murray of Elora and Brent (Melissa) Murray of Peterborough. Grandpa of Ella, Charlotte and Raelyn Murray. Will also be missed by his farm dog Buster. Predeceased by his parents John Raymond Smith and Teresa Nora McLaren, sister Donna, younger brother Stanley Raymond and two infant brothers. Gary loved Ennismore, loved being on the land, and most importantly loved his family whom he took particular interest in mentoring and instilling the life skills he held near. Proud of his accomplishments but forever striving to move forward, always with an eye to the future. He leaves a legacy built by his work ethic, determination, intelligence and guile. ‘May the work I’ve done speak for me.’ A visitation will be held at Hendren Funeral Homes, Lakefield Chapel on Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016. Interment St. Martin Catholic Cemetery, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall. As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or “Raise the Barn” Fund at Lang Pioneer Village. Friends may send condolences to Gary’s family by visiting hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-652-3355. Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Gary Smith. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/notices/12-28-16/gary-smith-passes.html

Man says seatbelt and driving slower may have saved his brother - Waterloo Record

Friday, September 9, 2016

KITCHENER — The brother of a Kitchener man who died after his car rolled over into a ditch near Elora early Sunday says his younger brother might still be alive if he was wearing his seatbelt and not speeding. Cameron Henrich, who would have turned 33 later this month, was travelling west on Wellington Road 21 south of Elora when he left the roadway for unknown reasons, said Wellington County OPP. He was the only person in the Acura vehicle. Cory Henrich, 36, of Kitchener, said his brother left for Wasaga Beach on Saturday and was on his way home early Sunday. He was to take his 13-year-old son Trayden Woods back-to-school shopping on Sunday. His son was to start Grade 9 on Tuesday. Cory said if his brother had his seatbelt on, he may have been saved. "It's there for a reason. You have to use it," said Cory, through tears on Tuesday. His brother liked fast cars, but Cory wished he raced on tracks and not public roadways. "The limit is not there for a debate. No, dude stay below 100," he said. His brother's last Facebook post was at 5:04 a.m. and it is believed the accident occurr...
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6843278-man-says-seatbelt-and-driving-slower-may-have-saved-his-brother/

Hundreds turn out for a memorial for a Kitchener man killed in a weekend crash - CTV News

Friday, September 9, 2016

Kitchener man who died in a single-vehicle crash on the weekend. Friends, family and strangers turned out for a car rally in support of Cameron Henrich. The 32-year-old was killed on Sunday near Elora when his car left the road and rolled over. He was not wearing a seatbelt. His family says he was speeding, and was often distracted while he was driving. They are now speaking out about their loss, hoping they can save other lives. “I didn’t want Cam's death to be in vain for no good reason. We believe that if he'd been wearing a seatbelt he'd still be with us today,” said Cam’s brother, Craig Ainsworth. Ainsworth wants to spread the message of putting safety first when behind the wheel. “Ultimately we need to be a lot safer on the roads and if you like to drive fast there’s a time and place for that. Public roads where we can hurt other people is not the place.” More than $4,000 was raised at Thursday’s rally. Proceeds will go toward funeral costs, and to Henrich’s 13-year-old son. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/hundreds-turn-out-for-a-memorial-for-a-kitchener-man-killed-in-a-weekend-crash-1.3064764

'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Saturday, 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...
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/a-launching-pad-to-start-over-three-women-find-new-lives-with-support-of-kingston-interval-house

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar remembered as a dreamer - CTV News Windsor

Saturday, 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...
https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/11-year-old-riya-rajkumar-remembered-as-a-dreamer-1.4304744

Albert Frank Czapski - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Park. 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. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/2019-02-04/albert-frank-czapski.html