Hamilton ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
From 99 dead when train plunged through swing bridge to Lac-Mégantic: Canada's most deadly rail accidents - CBC NewsSaturday, March 2, 2019
Richelieu River near Saint-Hilaire, Que., on June 29, 1864, killing 99 people. (Library and Archives Canada)2. Desjardins Canal, Ont. March 12, 1857 59 deadAn axle of a train headed to Hamilton from Toronto broke as it crossed the Desjardins Canal Bridge on March 12, 1857. The train left the tracks, crashing 18 metres to the freezing water below and killing 59 people. A public funeral drew 10,000 people.A public funeral drew 10,000 people and for a period of time after the crash, trains would stop before the Desjardins Canal Bridge to let passengers walk across. (Library and Archives Canada)3. Baptiste Creek, near Chatham, Ont. Oct. 27, 1854 52 deadSeveral factors led to the collision of a gravel train and an express train that was running late, which resulted in 48 people injured and 52 dead on Oct. 27, 1854 - at the time, the worst rail crash in North America. It happened near Chatham, Ont., in an area known today as Jeannette's Creek.4. Lac-Mégantic, Que. July 6, 2013 47 deadOn July 6, 2013, 47 people died when a freight train loaded with 7.7 million litres of fuel rolled unmanned into the downtown core of Lac-Mégantic, Que., and exploded in the middle of the night. A Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found 18 factors in the crash that killed the victims, who ranged in age from four to 93. Among the factors, the TSB found an insufficient number of hand brakes had been applied. Transport Canada then toughened its standards, requiring companies to have more substantial "physical defences to prevent runaway equipment."There were many opportunities to avoid a deadly crash that killed 47 people in July, 2013. 0:475. West of Sudbury, Ont. Jan. 21, 1910 43 deadA passenger train left the tracks near the crossing west of Sudbury, at the Spanish River on Jan. 21, 1910. The first two rail cars fell into the freezing river below, killing 43 people. Speed and a broken rail were cons...
Baysville, Ont., woman’s humorous obituary, has readers laughing and crying - Global NewsSaturday, March 2, 2019
The obituary also contained the details of Hicks' life.She graduated from Waterdown High School before attending the Hamilton General Hospital school for nursing, where she graduated in 1957.In 1972, Hicks, her husband Ron and their five children headed north to Baysville where they ran a school bus company for over 20 years.She was an active horticulturalist, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Lion's Club in Baysville.The obituary ends with a tender thank you to her loved ones.“Thank you all for sharing my life with me. I am off to swim to the buoy and back.”A service for Hicks was held in Bracebridge on Thursday.
Daughter pens hilarious obituary for dad: ‘He was a renowned distributor of Popsicles’
Speaking to Global News on Friday, Sybil's son Brian Hicks said the humorous ode to his mother was penned by him and his siblings.“I guess the reason why we decided to do it in first person was simply the fact that we haven’t heard her voice for a lot of years because she was afflicted with Alzheimer’s," he explained.Sybil was diagnosed with early onset dementia 18 years ago. Brian said composing her obituary in the first person was their way of having a final conversation with her.
Abandoned children write mother’s obit: ‘She will not be missed’
They never imagined – or intended – for their cheeky farewell to go viral. The obituary has garnered reaction from around the world.“I honestly think that she’s travelling the world and it’s not costing her a dime for air fare," he said. "My mum didn't know what the internet was and she has now got hundreds of thousands of new friends as a result of somebody's kindness and sharing her obituary."The 82-year-old spent her last years at the Pines Long-Term Care Home in Bracebridge. Brian, who now resides in Devon, Alberta, got emotional while expressing gratitude for the men and women who looked after his mother.He ...
Obituary: “Doughnut King” Ron Joyce has died - TheSpec.comSaturday, March 2, 2019
In 1963, Joyce purchased a Dairy Queen franchise in Hamilton before investing in the Ottawa Street Tim Hortons in 1964. Three years later he entered a franchise partnership with Horton. After the hockey player died in an auto accident in 1974, Joyce bought out Hortons' shares from his widow for $1 million.
Ron and Tim Horton in one of their locations. Tim Horton's handout
During Joyce's control the company, Tim Hortons went through exponential growth eventually culminating with him selling the chain to Wendy's for $600 million.
"Ron Joyce would certainly rank among Hamilton's business elite with people like Frank Sherman behind Dofasco or Michael DeGroote (with Laidlaw Transport) and David Braley (Orlick Industries)," said McMaster University business professor Marvin Ryder, who, in part, teaches out of the Ron Joyce Centre - DeGroote School of Business campus in Burlington.
Ironically, Ryder says, that while his name is on a university business school, Joyce didn't have any formal busi...
Death Notices - February 2019 - Port Dover Maple LeafSaturday, March 2, 2019
Carol DeKoningDE KONING, Carolynn Richelle "Carol" — Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with Huntington's Disease on February 23, 2019 at the St. Josephs Healthcare, Hamilton. The Lord has called Carol home at the age of 36. Beloved daughter of Murry and Rita De Koning and the late Jeannie (2006). Cherished sister of Jeremy (Alison), Colleen (Matt) and Brandon (Grace). Aunt of Hank, Paisley, Oliver and the late Baby Knox. Carol will be sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. Friends are invited to visit on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). Carol's funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 95 Oak St., Simcoe. Pastor Jeff Vandermeer officiating. Interment to follow at Port Dover Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to the Huntington's Society or St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton. Online condolences may be made at www.ferrisfuneral.com
John "Reb" FelkerFELKER, John Garnet "Reb" of Port Dover, passed away at his residence surrounded by the love of his family and close friends on Wednesda...
Eric Bunnell's People: Always room for the miniature - St. Thomas Times-JournalSaturday, March 2, 2019
Don Quixote. Solid.Joining what Drayton promises is a "knockout cast" for Rocky, Aaron is to play underdog boxer Rocky Balboa's best friend, Paulie.On the boards March 6-31 at Drayton's 500-seat home Hamilton Family Theatre, Cambridge, and returning July 18-Aug. 3, with a remount at Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend. Ringside seats by clicking thru draytonentertainment.com Did I say a good week for our Elgin native?How about a great one.Two days later, Aaron posts news of the birth of a second boy for Stefanie and him.Congrats!With its seven theatres, Drayton since its founding in 1991 in tiny Drayton, Ont., has become the little summer festival that not only could, it has.Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the company now is the third largest theatre festival in Ontario, after Stratford and Shaw.And currently working hard behind scenes in Cambridge is StT native Dariusz Korbiel, who is designing 150+ costumes - that's a lot! - for Drayton's coming production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.It's the first professional Canadian regional theatre production of the musical about three Australian drag queens who board a "budget Barbie camper van" named Priscilla to find their fabulous selves in the Outback.Dariusz's credits incl. 2017 design assistant at Shaw Festival, and studying set and costume design at National Theatre School The show is up March 13-April 7 at Drayton's 398-seat St. Jacob's Country Playhouse, opening the season for the venue.Nominated for his work preserving the London region's past, Elgin County Museum curator Mike Baker, who was London Museum's regional history curator for 17 years before we snatched the Sparta resident for our own.He is one of six persons nominated for a 2019 London Heritage Awards advocacy award.Announcing candidates for the 12th annual tribute, the awards' sponsoring Architectural Conservancy of Ontario London and Heritage London Foundation, nod to Mike as a historian, author, speaker, heritage advocate, and former president of both ACO London and HLF.Nominated for recognition for heritage property conservation and reuse are Adam Carapella and Ian Campbell, in part for their "creative reuse" of the former London Street Railway's 1894 power plant building which now is shared by StT headquartered Braam's Custom Cabinets as the cabinetmaker's London showroom.(The sharp-looking property is at 2-3 Bathhurst St.) The awards, which attracted a record 19 nominations, are to be presented Feb. 21 at a gala at Delta Armouries Hotel, itself the creative reuse of the former London armouries.Meanwhile, Elgin museum is tuning up for a Musical Family Day on Feb. 18, announcing that Music Man Dr. Henry Meredith is hosting an afternoon 1-4 p.m. at Elgin Heritage Centre in connection with the museum's current exhibition celebrating two Ontario smalltown pass...
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...
'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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