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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 ...
'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...