Matheson ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Aleta Williams, trailblazing journalist with deep church connection, dies at age 94 - TheChronicleHerald.caThursday, April 12, 2018
Glasgow to name a few.
“I have been here (in Pictou County) since 1989 and what always amazed me was her quiet gentleness and anything you asked her do, it was done excellently,” said Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson of New Glasgow.
Aleta Williams: The first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media. She worked for The Evening News in New Glasgow for 20 years and continued to write for the newspaper well into her 80s. #newglasgow#aletawilliams#violadesmondpic.twitter.com/PKj0oaH9C4 — Michael de Adder (@deAdder) April 12, 2018
Many people will remember Williams for her career accomplishment as the first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media.
But this wasn’t the job that Williams was looking for when she sat down for an interview with Harry Sutherland, owner of The Evening News, now known as The News. She had applied for a position in business administration but Sutherland was so impressed with her, he asked her to work in his editorial department. She accepted and within a few months was named women’s editor.
“Aleta is a true pillar in her community and has been a trailblazer her entire life, without even realizing it,” said Jackie Jardine, editor of the Pictou Advocate and former community editor at The News. “She went to work at a time when most women were just entering the workforce and continued to work long after retirement. In fact, she was still writing newspaper columns when she was well into her 80s.”
For 20 years, she worked as family and community editor for The Evening News and was known for putting people at ease. Widowed at a young age and while most of her children were still at home, she never missed their school, music or sports events. Nor did she cut back on her commitments to her church or her community involvement.
“As a journalist, she knew her community,” said Dave Glenen, regional editor for Nova Scotia for Saltwire Network. “As we chased the fires, the mayors, the crime, she sought out the ordinary and drew out their stories. While most hoped not to be a target of some of our stories, all celebrated being in one of Aleta’s. It was common to hear on the weekends, people talking about the latest Aleta feature.”
Throughout her career she believed passionately that everyone has a story to tell and immediately put people at ease in the telling while she listened without judgment. Her writings, saved in many treasured family scrapbooks and memory boxes, are a rich tapestry of Pictou County’s social history. They record the trials and triumphs of miners’ widows, ministers of congregations, kitchen entrepreneurs, social advocates, volunteers and hard-working people just trying to stretch a dollar to feed a family – in short, all people who are unlikely to appear in our conventional history books.
William’s entered the field of journalism in the days of shorthand, typewriters, carbon paper, box cameras and ticker tape but through 40 years of change, her curiosity, her empathy, her commitment to do right by the people she covered and her adherence to deadlines remained constant.
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DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Stakes season starts in Saint John - The GuardianFriday, February 17, 2017
The rest of the 10-member Hennessey clan have been active in East Coast racing and the next generation has made its mark led by leading Charlottetown trainer Jackie Matheson.My condolences to the family.Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at email@example.com.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Elizabeth Wettlaufer: The bodies of two alleged victims of nurse accused of serial murder were removed from graves ... - London Free PressTuesday, January 31, 2017
St. Peter’s Cemetery in east London from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the exhumation of Arpad Horvath, a 75-year-old resident of Meadow Park nursing home who died in August 2014.
The body of Helen Matheson, a 95-year-old resident of Caressant Care in Woodstock when she died in October 2011, was exhumed at an Innerkip cemetery.
“The families were supportive of the reasons for the exhumation,” London police Const. Sandasha Bough said.
“The exhumations are necessary to allow the Ontario forensic pathology service to perform an autopsy and collect evidence.”
There’s no word yet if the bodies of other alleged victims are to be exhumed, Bough said.
Horvath’s daughter said she was at the London graveyard when police exhumed her father’s body.
“I sat in my car through the whole thing and freaked out, crying,” said Susan Horvath. “It’s very painful. It’s like going to the funeral all over again. And we’re exhausted.”
The stress of the police investigation into Horvath’s death has taken a toll, his daughter said.
“I just hope that with all the trouble that the families who are getting their loved ones exhumed — what we’re going through psychologically and every which way — I hope that there’s light at the end of this tunnel and we do find the reason for their deaths,” she said.
Last fall, Wettlaufer was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of eight long-term care home residents — seven residents of the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock, and one resident of the Meadow Park nursing home in London — between 2007 and 2014.
On Jan. 13, Wettlaufer was charged with four courts of attempted murder and two of aggravated assault involving patients at Caressant...
'We're exhausted': Families grieving again as 2 bodies exhumed in nursing home deaths case - CTV NewsTuesday, January 31, 2017
The bodies of two suspected victims have been exhumed in connection with a series of alleged nursing home murders.
Police in London, Ont., say the bodies of Arpad Horvath and Helen Matheson were exhumed from cemeteries in southwestern Ontario as part of the case against former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer.
Wettlaufer faces eight murder charges in connection with a series of deaths at retirement and long-term care homes in Woodstock and London, Ont., over the last decade. She also faces four charges of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
None of the allegations against Wettlaufer have been proven in court.
A police spokesperson said the process of exhuming the bodies was “respectfully carried out” with support from both victims’ families.
"It's necessary to allow Ontario forensic pathology service to conduct an autopsy and collect evidence," said Const. Sandasha Bough.
Bough added that she couldn’t speculate on whether other bodies would be exhumed in the future.
Horvath’s daughter said she waited in the graveyard in London, Ont. while officials exhumed her father’s body.
"I sat in my car through the whole thing and freaked out, crying," Susan Horvath said. "It's very painful. It's like going to the funeral all over again, all over again. A...
Former nurse is accused of killing 8 residents in southwestern Ontario nursing homes - CBC.caThursday, January 19, 2017
Police allege Wettlaufer used drugs to kill residents while she worked at the facilities. Her alleged victims have been identified as:
James Silcox, 84.
Maurice Granat, 84.
Gladys Millard, 87.
Helen Matheson, 95.
Mary Zurawinski, 96.
Helen Young, 90.
Maureen Pickering, 79.
Arpad Horvath, 75.
Ontario Provincial Police also announced Thursday that a news release updating their investigation would be issued Friday morning at 9 a.m.
Wettlaufer, who has been held at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ont., since her arrest, is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Her previous appearances were by video conferencing.
Painful for families
When the case was last in court, family members of one of the people allegedly killed by Wettlaufer expressed surprise when they learned she would be appearing in person.
"It almost feels like progress a little bit more than we expected," said Andrea Silcox. "For her to come here, maybe they've got something to say that we're all looking forward to."
Susan Horvath was less optimistic.
She said the idea of seeing Wettlaufer in person made her nervous, noting every time she sees a photo or video of the ex-nurse she's reminded of what she lost.
Susan Horvath, whose father was allegedly killed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer, talks to CBC outside the courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., on Jan 6. (Kerry McKee/CBC)
"As soon as I see her, even on the screen, I start to cry," she said. "When I see her, all I can see in my mind is how she was possibly hurting my father and that's very painful."
Horvath said attending court appearances ...
Clark Davey, 1928-2019: 'The true journalist of journalists' - Ottawa CitizenWednesday, March 27, 2019
He was heartbroken after failing his medical, but an English teacher told him that people would pay him to write. So he enrolled in the first journalism degree course taught at University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1948 and joining the newsroom of the Chatham Daily News.There, he worked under Richard "Dic" Doyle, but moved to Kirkland Lake when the Thomson newspaper chain made him editor-in-chief of the Northern Daily News. His time there was brief, however, as his girlfriend, Joyce Gordon, issued him an ultimatum: Northern Ontario or me. He chose her: they married in September 1952.In the meantime, he joined the newsroom of the Globe and Mail, where his mentor Doyle had been working for a year.As a reporter with the Globe, Davey covered national and international affairs, including the Suez Canal crisis, the St. Lawrence Seaway project and the cancellation of the Avro Arrow program. During the 1957 federal election campaign, he recognized that Tory leader John Diefenbaker was gaining momentum and might actually win, and convinced his editors to allow him to stay with the Chief's campaign for 40 days.
Clark Davey, former publisher of the Montreal Gazette, displaying a mock-up of the paper's new Sunday edition in 1988.
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When Doyle became editor of the Globe in 1963, he chose Davey as his managing editor, and, according to Mills, the two raised the broadsheet's reputation from that of a local paper to a national one. Davey was managing editor for 15 years before joining the Vancouver Sun in 1978. He was publisher there until 1983, when he took over at the Gazette. He was publisher of the Citizen from 1989 to 1993. He was also president and chair of The Canadian Press, and co-founder and president of the Michener Awards Foundation that oversees the country's most prestigious journalism prize."He was the true journalist of journalists," says Kim Kierans, journalism professor at University of King's College in Halifax and Michener Foundation board member. "He told me when I last saw him in November, ‘If we're not providing the encouragement for journalism organizations and journalists within them to do the journalism that matters, then we're in trouble as a democracy.'"He was also a lovely man, smart and sparkling … with incredible enthusiasm for the business and its future."According to Mills, Davey, who in 2002 led a protest on the steps of the Ottawa Citizen after Mills was fired for running an editorial critical of then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, was known as tough and gruff, "but deep down he was a really kind and thoughtful person, and a very good friend who was always fair to people. But if you didn't know him, he could be intimidating."And although he called the shots on the job, it was Joyce who ruled the home roost. According to son Ric, his father only stopped the presses twice - once while at the Globe, when Joyce called him to report that she and Ric thought they had just seen a UFO."That was the kind of pull she had over him," says Ric.Clark Davey is survived by his wife, Joyce; brother Kenneth George; children Ric (Rita Celli), Kevin (Margaret) and Clark Jr. (...
BRIAN DAVID MUEHLMAN - Burlington County TimesWednesday, March 27, 2019
Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid whitetail deer hunter, traveling throughout United States and Canada hunting with his grandson, Kurt. Brian was a USCG Charter Captain on Lake Ontario for 15 years. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gail Krauss Muehlman; his mother and step father, Margaret (Rex) Smith of Wexford; daughter, Candi (Joe) Landles of Evans City; step daughter, Becky Flagler of Pittsburgh; siblings, Connie Federbusch, Laurie (Ron) Mahen, and Mark (Pam) Muehlman, all of Mercer; nine grandchildren, Kurt, Mariah, Rayna, Seth, Brandon, Riley, Connor, Liam, and Nico; and several nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Paul Muehlman and his brother in law, Oscar Federbusch. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to the Steven King Foundation, 621 Street, Jetmore, KS 67854 or Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randalman, NC 27317. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh. com.
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Cecile J. Briggs - WatertownDailyTimes.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. There will be no funeral services and burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.Cecile was born on November 14, 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of Claude and Bertha (Belanger) Villeneuve. She married Joseph Maugeri Jr. on February 21, 1958. He predeceased her on April 19, 1972. She later married Ivan Briggs on June 20, 1975. He predeceased her in June 2001.She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling and spending time on social media.She is survived by her son Joseph Maugeri III and his wife Becky of Clayville, NY; three grandchildren, Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew Maugeri; a brother, Cyril and wife Sylvia Villeneuve and two sisters, Claudette Lefebvre and Bernadette Good as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Bernice Sequin and Marie Claire Payette.Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Memories and online condolences may be share with the family at www.PhillipsMemorial.com.
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