Listowel ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Kathleen FritzWednesday, August 2, 2017
Karl (Jackie) Beacom and their children.
Kathleen remembered fondly her days in Mount Forest – leadership of fine teachers and access to sports with her brothers and friends.
After graduating from Listowel Secondary School, Kathleen attended Teachers College in Stratford Ontario – the start of a 35year teaching career that included schools in Milverton, Stratford, Leaside and St. Catharines.
In 1950 Kathleen married Elgin Fritz and moved from Leaside, Toronto to St. Catharines where they enjoyed volunteer and church activities together. Neighbourhood children came often for cookies, hand-made mittens and story time. Elgin predeceased her in 1988.
Kathleen was a lifetime member of the United Church of Canada.
Her volunteer activities were widespread – Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, Community Concerts, Meals on Wheels and multiple Church organizations. She provided financial support to countless deserving organizations. Long after her retirement, she tutored many neighbourhood children who were struggling with their academics and took great pride in their achievements.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will take place at the Court of Brooklin, 5909 Anderson Street, Brooklin on Saturday July 29th at 3:00 p.m.
Messages of condolence and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting barnesmemorialfuneralhome...
Pettapiece spearheads fire safety initiative in memory of North Perth firefighters - The Beacon HeraldThursday, August 18, 2016
A new private member’s bill being crafted by Perth Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece was inspired in part by a tragedy in Listowel five years ago.
Volunteer firefighters Ken Rea and Ray Walter died March 17, 2011 when the roof of the Dollar Stop collapsed during a fire. The building’s lightweight construction was partly to blame.
Pettapiece is now spearheading a fire safety initiative that he hopes will prevent similar tragedies in the future.
“Lightweight- and truss-type construction is increasingly commonplace,” said the MPP. “But unless it is identified, it can pose serious risk to responding firefighters. That’s why they need as much information as possible — as soon as they arrive on scene — to assess the risk and plan their attack.”
His private member’s bill that would ensure firefighters have better information.
It would require most commercial and industrial buildings, as well as apartment complexes of three or more units, to display an emblem alerting fire crews to the building’s use of truss and lightweight construction.
That term refers to construction using building components that bear the we...
'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...
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...