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...
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...