Kitchener ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Restoration of Kaufman mansion to start next spring - TheRecord.comThursday, September 14, 2017
KITCHENER — Work crews will likely begin tearing down the modern additions that surround the 1897 Kaufman mansion this spring, in the first steps to restore the red sandstone house to its former glory.The Victorian Gothic mansion built by industrialist Jacob Kaufman will sit in the midst of a massive new redevelopment called Sixo Midtown, which is planned for the south side of King Street just west of the railway tracks.The $450-million project by Zehr Group includes plans for five glass and steel buildings that will add almost 1,000 residential units and 1 million square feet to a site just west of Kitchener's downtown.The heritage planners and architects updated Kitchener's heritage committee this week on its approach to restoring the mansion.The plan is to preserve the historic character of the Kaufman mansion and all the outside heritage features, including its slate roof, turret decorated with carved lions, sandstone exterior and stained-glass windows.In an unusual move, the plan...
Peter Etril Snyder remembered for artistry and generosity - CTV NewsThursday, September 14, 2017
Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 1:00PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 29, 2017 6:30PM EDT
An art icon in the region has passed away.
Peter Etril Snyder died on Monday at Grand River Hospital at the age of 73.
Snyder was born and raised in Waterloo and began painting at the age of 12.
Seven years later, his first exhibition was on display at a mall gallery in Ottawa.
Snyder toured Europe throughout his twenties, along with trips to Central and South America, New Zealand and the United States.
In 1969, he returned to the region and started to paint what he’s best known for -- Mennonite life.
A year later, he started doing one-man shows, displaying his Mennonite paintings throughout Ontario and eventually across the country.
Snyder grew up in a Mennonite family himself and found success in painting what he knew best. His work was internationally recognized...
Kitchener stabbing suspect Ager Hasan's extradition hearing postponed - CBC.caThursday, September 14, 2017
The man accused of fatally stabbing his Kitchener girlfriend has had his extradition hearing postponed to October.Ager Hasan, 24, of Hamilton was due to go before a Texas judge on Monday, but CBC News has learned that has now been pushed back to Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.The change appears on the court docket for the San Antonio courthouse and says only that the date was reset because of a government motion.Hasan was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for the death of 22-year-old Vasilije. He is facing a second-degree murder charge in her death.Hasan was arrested on July 11 in San Antonio, Texas by the U.S. Secret Service at a traffic stop as part of an ongoing counterfeit money investigation. Ager Mohsin Hasan, 24, of Hamilton as seen in a police handout photo following the fatal stabbing of Melinda Vasilije. (Waterloo Regional Police)In U.S.Vasilije was found dead in her apartment on Country Hill Drive at 3 a.m. on April 28. Hasan was seen crossing the border on the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie, Ont., to Buffalo, N.Y., around 6 a.m. on...
LIFETIMES: Jackie Mattson believed in rich ideas, but a simple life - TheRecord.comWednesday, August 2, 2017
Compassion was a hallmark of Jackie's personality. After Hal — now well-known as a colourful, outspoken criminal defence lawyer with a soft spot for the underdog — set up his practice in Kitchener, Jackie started to manage his office.In 2004, Hal represented Yushan Hu, a 22-year-old student from China, studying math at University of Waterloo, who had been charged with manslaughter in the death of his roommate.He was considered a flight risk while waiting for his trial, and the government wouldn't allow his mother to come from China to look after him, so Jackie stepped in.At the age of 72, she agreed to be Hu's surety and have him stay with her. They checked in every day at the police station and she became like a surrogate mother for Hu."If one of my kids were over in China and were in the same situation, I hope someone would have enough decency or heart or humanity to help him out," she said.Hu was later acquitted of the charge.When Jackie's children were growing up, the family home on Roy Street in Kitchener was full of interesting things, "like a museum," Ingrid said."Every time we asked a question, she would say, 'I don't know, let's look it up,' and we would go to the Encyclopaedia Britannica or the library," Ingrid said. Jackie believed in richness of ideas but simplicity of lifestyle.She loved a good party, but couldn't abide a "keeping-up-with-the Joneses" mentality. Her children wore second-hand clothes even when Joseph was alive and they could afford to buy new things.She was thrilled to meet Pope Francis — noted for his compassion for the poor — with Ingrid a few years before her death.The family cottage at Brophy's Point on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, never had indoor plumbing installed.
Joseph RadovicWednesday, August 2, 2017
Beloved husband of Mary (nee Tomac) for 59 years. Loving father of Mary-Nancy Radovic and Dennis (Melissa). Proud Papa of Bryson. Survived by his sister Ann Simcic (late Joseph) from Kitchener and brother Janko (late Ann) of Preloka, Slovenia. Predeceased by his parents and sister Mary and brother in law George Semjan from Hampton. Will be lovingly remembered by nieces and nephews in Canada, Slovenia, and U.S.A.
Joseph retired from General Motors, was a member of the Knights of Colombus and was a long time member of St. Mary of the People Roman Catholic Church.
Resting at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa on Friday July 28th from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Prayers will be held at 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary of the People Roman Catholic Church (570 Marion Ave) on Saturday July 29th at 11 am. Interment to follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Whitby. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated. For online condolences please visit www.armstrongfuneralhome.net.
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...
'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...
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...