Kenora ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Funeral service for Steve Fobister set for Tuesday - Tbnewswatch.comSaturday, March 2, 2019
S FIRST NATION, ON - A funeral service for the late Steve Fobister, a community activist and former Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, will take place Tuesday.
Fobister passed away in hospital in Kenora on Oct. 11 at the age of 66.
Born in Dryden, Ontario, he also served as Grand Chief of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty # 3 territory.
Current Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh calls Fobister "a tireless advocate" for his people, having brought awareness of the need to protect the environment and to address systemic racism in the justice and health systems.
In 2014, he embarked on a hunger strike to bring attention to the impact on his people of mercury contamination in the English-Wabigoon river system.
Fobister ended the protest when he was able to meet with Ontario's minister of aboriginal affairs, David Zimmer, and received assurances that the issue of mercury contamination would be addressed.
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Remembering Don Dutton through his photos - Toronto Star (blog)Friday, June 2, 2017
Star reporter and photographer Don Dutton was in Kenora when a bank robber blew himself up with six sticks of dynamite on May 10, 1973. The story landed on the front page the following day, and the photo would earn Dutton a National Newspaper Award for news photo.By Steve Russell/Toronto StarSat., May 20, 2017I've never met Don Dutton but I know him. I pass two of his photos every working day at One Yonge Street. When he passed away in March I read his obituary, I knew I had to look through his photos in the archives.The story behind the first one, a bank robbery in Kenora, Ontario is amazing. Former Toronto Star journalist Pat Brennan remembers, "He happened to be roaming Northern Ontario tasting the mood of its residents when he turned onto the main street in Kenora and found it blocked by police. A bank robbery was underway. The bank robber emerged from the bank wearing a dynamite vest and holding a gun on a hostage - a policeman. A police sharp shooter shot the robber as he was about to get into a pickup truck. The bomb went off...
Funeral services held for St. Catharines, Ont., boy allegedly killed by stepdad - News1130Friday, April 21, 2017
Nathan Dumas was rushed to hospital on Friday but died the next day.Police launched a manhunt for his stepfather, 43-year-old Justin Kuijer.He was arrested on Tuesday in Kenora, Ont., and appeared in court Thursday to face a first-degree murder charge in Nathan’s death. Kuijer is to appear in court again on April 19.A visitation was held for Nathan on Thursday and his funeral was held following a second visitation in Thorold, Ont., on Friday afternoon.Earlier this week, a makeshift memorial of flowers and stuffed animals was erected outside a St. Catharines sandwich shop owned by Nathan’s grandparents.Kuijer is also charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack on a female employee at a St. Catharines branch of the Royal Bank.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Award-winning Star journalist Don Dutton remembered for his compassion - Toronto StarTuesday, April 4, 2017
Dutton won his first National Newspaper Award in 1973 for his photos of the aftermath of a bank robber being blown to bits by his own bomb in Kenora, Ont. Dutton, who happened to be in the northern Ontario town for a different story, was crouched behind the wheel of a police car when the deafening blast went off. “I huddled against the cruiser as debris rained down,” Dutton wrote in his NNA submission, describing how blood and bank notes descended on the scene.“Dust and thick blue smoke blocked my view. Behind me people were screaming and running away. I began taking photos as soon as I could see the outlines of buildings and parked cars but there was no one where the robber had been standing.”The following year, Dutton won another NNA, this time for his photo of an eight-year-old boy fighting back tears at the funeral for his father, one of two Moncton, N.B. policeman slain during a kidnapping investigation. “Those of us who were strictly photographers had a bit of an attitude that you couldn’t be both a good writer and a good photographer. But he was truly great at both,” Beaty said.A principled and generous journalist, Dutton brought those same attributes to his home life. Dutton was happily married for more than 66 years to his wife Gloria. He had three children, four grandchildren and one-great granddaughter. “As a father, I couldn’t have asked for any better,” said his son Dave, who followed his father’s footsteps to a career in journalism. “He was a rock. When I’d lose my bearings and look up for the north star, it would be him. Everybody in life goes through good things and bad things, and he was always there for you, no matter what.” Whether it was a few kind words of encouragement or drivi...
Funeral for slain St. Catharines boy set for Friday - CBC.caTuesday, April 4, 2017
They allege Kuijer also stabbed an employee of a local RBC branch moments after the attack on Nathan, sending her to hospital.Kuijer was arrested Tuesday in Kenora, Ont., after a tip from the public, police said.Justin Kuijer, 43, is alleged to have attacked his stepson and fatally injured him. (Niagara Regional Police Service)Police had been searching for Kuijer since the weekend and there was a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.He is expected to be charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. An obituary for Nathan makes no mention of how he died, but focuses instead on his family's memories of him."Nathan was truly a kind, loving boy with a big heart, full of compassion for everyone and everything. He was always quick to help anyone who may have been in need," the obituary reads.'Polite young gentleman'"As the polite young gentleman he was, he never missed an opportunity to open a door, give a gift or come to the defence of a good friend. Nathan truly felt the joy of giving, never looking for anything in return. There are no words to express the unbearable heartbreak we feel in his loss."Nathan is survived by his mother and younger siblings, the obituary states, adding that his little brother looked up to him as a "best buddy" while his baby sister will be told growing up "what an amazing big brother she had."The obituary said he is also mourned by his grandparents, aunts and uncles, and Grade 2 classmates at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in St. Catharines.Visitations will take place on Thursday night and Friday afternoon at the Pleasantview Funeral Home in...
'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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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...