Iroquois Falls ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Sudbury column: Road beckons for Daniel Johnston - The Sudbury StarFriday, August 12, 2016
Canada, to get to know the country.
"We will be travelling either by motorcycle, car, motorhome, airplane, jeep or Winnebago."
Johnston has worked in Sudbury, Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Toronto and came back to Sudbury in 2006 at the Cooperative Funeral Home.
"I am very proud of the work I have accomplished at the Cooperative Funeral and I know I have helped many people in their time of sorrow and guided them in very difficult situations. I do admit that the work of a funeral director is not always pleasant, but that it is fulfilling."
Johnston said this work involves an emotional attachment to people who are vulnerable and living difficult moments.
"Things are worse when you are dealing with a friend or a member of a family friend who passed away. It is easy to get a burn out."
Because of his continuous hard work, the Cooperative Funeral Home is in a good financial position. Renovations have been made to the three sites in Chelmsford, Hanmer and Sudbury, and the equipment was modernized.
Johnston said he regrets he will not be able to participate in the building of the new crematorium, which will be built on the Chelmsford site and should open in the fall.
"The building of the crematorium means that we will be able to offer our clients a full range of services."
After 64 years, the Cooperative Funeral Home has more than 4,000 members and its objective is still to offer the best funeral service to those in need.
David Laplante is replacing Johnston as funeral director. Laplante has been working for the Cooperative Funeral Home for the past 20 years as funeral director and assistant manager.
"Today, our biggest challenge is to offer quality services to our clients, adapted to their needs and their wishes. In this time of constant evolution, we want to be able to offer personalized services and be able to grant the client's last wishes," Laplante said.
The first cooperative funeral in Canada was built in Sudbury in 1951 at 73 Beech St. and was called Ducharme's Funeral Home. Many have followed, but there remains only two Cooperative Funeral Homes in Ontario.
The Cooperative Funeral Home is governed by an elected board of directors under it president, Roger Gauthier, and employs 26 people at three sites.
In the beginning, the Cooperative funeral home mainly served the French Cat...
'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...
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...
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...