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...
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...
'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
Humboldt later this week. https://t.co/DvpAsm2Ybw#HumboldtStrong#PutYourStickOut#XBRpic.twitter.com/h2EyHhQjrj
— 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...