Halton Hills ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Popular fastball, hockey volunteer Jim Ford passes at 84 - theifp.caTuesday, January 24, 2017
The softball and hockey communities in Halton Hills are mourning the loss of long-time volunteer Jim Ford over the weekend.
Ford passed away Friday at the age of 84.
Nicknamed Tubby, he was involved extensively as a volunteer with hockey in the winter and fall and fastball in the spring and summer at both youth and adult levels.
It was estimated that 8,000 girls played in the Kinsmen Girls’ Softball League in the four decades of his involvement with the organization.
Starting off as an umpire, he served as commissioner and CEO for the KGSL into his late 70s.
The league was in danger of folding in the early 1970s before Ford, Garry Alton and Pat Butler “put our heads together because we wanted the league to carry on,” he explained in a 2001 Independent & Free Press article.
All four of his daughters would play in the league and one KGSL graduate, Kara McGaw, went on to represent Canada at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
“I like seeing the improvement of the girls through the years, from the time they’re five or six...
Former Halton Hills mayor Russ Miller mourned - theifp.caFriday, September 9, 2016
The second-longest-serving mayor of the Town of Halton Hills passed away Wednesday at his home in Wasaga Beach.
Russ Miller succumbed to cancer after a brief but courageous battle at the age of 84 with his family by his side.
The Limehouse native served as mayor for the municipality from 1983-94 after first being elected to public office as a school board trustee.
Miller was proud of the fact that taxes did not increase during his final three years as mayor and received a standing ovation following the final Council meeting he chaired in November 1994.
He was praised as a hard-working mayor who led Council through many difficult debates and kept in touch with the public, earning Georgetown’s Citizen of the Year award in 1994.
Miller also helped oversee the construction and opening of the Civic Centre in 1989, a move made to bring the various municipal departments under one roof. He was on hand two years ago for the unsealing of a time capsule at the Maple Ave. building to mark its 25th anniversary.
Miller is survived by his wife Ger...
Tragedy on the Credit: The families remember their... - theifp.caFriday, September 2, 2016
She could hold her own behind the speedboat too, either slalom skiing or wakeboarding with the boys.
Kaya loved working with children and was a counsellor for Town of Halton Hills Recreation programs, going on to work in an Administrative role there. She was held in high regard for her enthusiasm, infectious smile, organizational skills and passion for her role.
Kaya was raised in love and chose to keep deep personal relationships with the people she loves. Kaya knew her mind and, especially over the past few years she found her voice. She was encouraged by mentors who saw her potential and talent and helped reflect it back to her. In particular, the staff at The Ontarion, the University of Guelph student newspaper where she was an editor, helped her to hone her gift for words and start to share it with the world. She said of the staff there: “I have found my people”.
Kaya was treasured by her large extended family and the Brownlee family who considered her one of their own. She was lucky enough to find her soulmate at such a young age and she and Zachary shared a deep commitment and love for each other that was beyond their years.
She will be deeply missed by all who know and love her. Funeral arrangements can be accessed through the Jones and Son Funeral Home website, http://jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com
Zachary Sutherland was a gentle, caring son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. He strived for balance in work and pleasure, knowing that life is about being loved and giving love back to anyone who came across him whether it be from sporting activities, school or teaching children how to swim during the last five summers.
Zach had the knack from when he was young to be able to charm both adults and children. He genuinely loved talking and listening to everyone and knew how to make them feel special. He has kept friends from elementary school and kept on adding to his social circle as he progressed to high school and university at Guelph. Many of his friends he considered like brothers.
He had to grow up quickly due to family circumstances. He never begrudged this but kept the family moving forward with a happy demeanor and with purpose.
He loved being active whether it was from organized sports, shooting hoops on the driveway or walking the golf course at North Halton with his buddies.
He loved cooking gourmet meals and sharing this with his family.
Zach was an incredibly a...
'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...
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...
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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