Elora ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
'She was everything:' Family mourns Fergus mother killed in head-on crash - TheSpec.comThursday, 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 AdvertiserTuesday, 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, ...
Gary Smith Passes - Standardbred CanadaFriday, 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.
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Hundreds turn out for a memorial for a Kitchener man killed in a weekend crash - CTV NewsFriday, 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.
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Man says seatbelt and driving slower may have saved his brother - Waterloo RecordFriday, 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...
Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault StarThursday, 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 (https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-jodey-whitehead) 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...
Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and TimesThursday, April 12, 2018
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— 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...
'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto StarThursday, 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...