Kawartha Lakes ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Crown seeks jail term for Heather Beckett, convicted of fatal hit and run in Oshawa - durhamregion.comTuesday, April 4, 2017
On Dec. 7 Beckett’s car was found in a commuter parking lot in the City of Kawartha Lakes, court heard. Beckett attended a Durham police station that day, but did not provide investigators with a statement, Allan said. She was arrested Dec. 14.
Allan said Beckett appears to have been motivated to flee because she’d been drinking on the night of the collision and feared for her job as a music teacher at a Toronto private school.
The prosecutor recommended a jail term of between 18 and 24 months. Beckett’s conduct during and after the incident gives no indication of remorse, Allan said.
“Even after getting back into the car she made a conscious decision not to call 911,” Allan said.
Defence lawyer Bernie O’Brien said Beckett, who has resigned from her teaching position and now has “dim” prospects of resuming her career, has suffered immensely since the incident.
“She’s been virtually a mess since this accident took place,” O’Brien said. “She’s been unable to live with herself.”
O’Brien added Beckett, who pleaded guilty, had not been charged with impaired driving or offences related to speeding or reckless driving, but ran afoul of the law for her ill-conceived decision to flee the scene.
“There’s no evidence whatsoever she was impaired by alcohol,” he said. “If she had stopped as she was required to do, we wouldn’t be here.”
O’Brien argued that an appropriate sentence would be in a range of 90 days to five months.
John’s death devastated family and friends, the young man’s godparent, Andrea Coke, said in a victim impact statement.
“We miss him so much. Every day we struggle to get back to normal,” Coke said. “There is no more normal.”
Coke chided Beckett for her actions and the grief that resulted.
Funeral Saturday for worker killed in City of Kawartha Lakes youth group home fire - Peterborough ExaminerThursday, March 9, 2017
A funeral will be held Saturday for Andrea Reid, the mother of three from the Brechin area who was killed in an deadly arson at the youth group home she was working at in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Feb. 24.Visitation is Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N. in Orillia, where the funeral will take place Saturday at 11 a.m.A teen was charged by City of Kawartha Lakes OPP with two counts of second-degree murder and arson causing bodily harm after a resident of the group home was killed and another worker was injured in the fire during a disturbance around 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the group home operated by Connor Homes at 725 Quaker Rd. northwest of Oakwood, about 58 kilometres west of Peterborough.Two separate GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns have been set up to help her family care for her children.One campaign posted by her family had raised $16,718 toward a goal of $50,000 as of Thursday night. It is at www.gofundme.com/the-memory-of-andrea-reid.Another campaign posted by Reid's co-worker had raised $1,900 toward a goal of $50,000 as of Thursday night. It is at www.gofundme.com/support-andreas-family.A funeral is also bei...
Trudy Wilson's swim of a lifetime - REM | Real Estate MagazineFriday, February 17, 2017
Trudy Wilson works and lives 10 km north of Peterborough, Ont. in Bridgenorth (pop. 2,200), which is situated on Chemong Lake, part of the cottage-country Kawartha Lakes District. When the Re/Max Eastern Realty broker decided to create a charity event to raise money for SickKids Hospital in memory of her late daughter, you just knew she’d take to the water.And she did. But not in a boat.Last year the 46-year-old mother of five swam the entire 386-km Trent-Severn Waterway, completing it via dozens of nine- to 12-hour laps, from July to September.Born and raised in the Toronto suburb of Agincourt, Wilson moved with her husband, Harvey, and their children to Bridgenorth in 2008 in search of a quieter lifestyle. Ten years previous, the couple’s daughter, Lauren Taylor Wilson, died two days after she was born due to birth injuries. The Wilsons’ remaining children range in age from four to 17.Ever since her daughter’s death, Trudy Wilson had wanted to create a pledge in Lauren’s memory. By 2016, the 13-year real estate industry professional had decided to swim the Trent-Severn Waterway and raise funds to support high-priority needs at SickKids...
Bentley will welcome and comfort families at Lindsay funeral home - kawarthaNOW.comTuesday, December 20, 2016
Don and his family were keen to be the forever home for a comfort dog, and he took the lead to find the “perfect dog” for Lakeland. He walked down the road to the shelter at the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes and asked if they could keep the funeral home in mind should the right kind of dog came into their care.
A couple of weeks ago, Lakeland got a call about a rather shaggy “whoodle” who had been given up by his previous owner, who was unable to manage her multiple pets. Just one year old and still full of puppyhood fun — but also gentle, loving, and undeniably cute — Bentley seemed like the perfect candidate for a comfort dog.
For the next few weeks, Bentley’s role at Lakeland will be primarily behind the scenes. Along with his handlers, Don and Lynn from Lakeland, Bentley is currently taking behaviour lessons to ensure he understands his important role within the business.
“He will be trained to be more than just a cuddly pup,” Don explains. “He’s got a real purpose. He is learning, as we are, how to develop him into an integral part of our caring team and an emotional benefit to those families in need.”
Courtney Bryans, manager of the shelter at Kawartha Lakes Humane Society, thinks Bentley will be a great comfort dog.
“When Bentley came in to the Humane Society he was in rough shape, but still a lovable guy,” Courtney says. “He was just a pup and his previous owner just misunderstood him. Lakeland Funeral Centre took him into their care as foster to adopt, and they got him groomed and he looks wonderful. We are sure he will be wonderful at the funeral home.”
Just looking at this photo of Bentley should make you feel better!
Jill Sadler, executive director of Hospice Kawartha Lakes, says dogs have a special way of providing comfort to people who are stressed and dealing with grief.
“They have the ability to connect with people of all ages in a unique way that can have a calming effect,” Jill says. “Dogs can provide warmth and relief from the intense grief feelings that one is carrying during an emotion-filled time surrounding the death of someone you love. I think it’s wonderful that Lakeland Funeral Home is providing this added comfort to your families during one of their most difficult times.”
Lakeland Funeral & Cremation Centre is a division of Little Lake Cemete...
Bobcaygeon woman seriously injured in May 11 crash in Lindsay succumbs to her injuries - Kawartha Media GroupWednesday, November 30, 2016
LINDSAY - A serious crash on Highway 36 in Lindsay Wednesday May 11 has now claimed a life.
Kawartha Lakes Police have identified the woman as 20-year-old Jazzmin Cleckner, who was a passenger in one of the three vehicles involved. Ms Cleckner was airlifted to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto following the crash, where she died Monday evening.A GoFundMe account, set up on behalf of Ms Cleckner’s mother and brother to help with funeral expenses, describes a young woman with, “a beautiful soul and infectious personality and sense of humour that touched every person she met.”“She had an endless love for life and her memory will live on in everyone who was fortunate enough to know her,” the GoFundMe page reads.
READ MORE: Jazzmin Cleckner remembered as a 'unique creative spirit'
Emergency crews were called to Highway 36, between Colborne and Mount Hope streets shortly before 7 p.m. May 11 evening for the three-vehicle crash. Police say the southbound vehicle Ms Cleckner was traveling in struck a northbound vehicle, which was then rear ended by another northbound vehicle. A total...
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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'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...