Midland ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Wasaga Beach funeral home director sentenced to 2.5 years in prison - Simcoe.comSaturday, March 02, 2019
The former director for funeral homes in Wasaga Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene will serve time in federal prison for fraud.
On Sept. 10, Darrin Watts, 52, was sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $398,806 along with a $200 victim surcharge.
In March, police arrested Watts and charged him with fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000, forgery and criminal breach of trust. The OPP investigation involved 86 people who had prepaid for funeral arrangements at Watts' funeral home.
The funeral home closed its doors in 2013, and by April 18, 2013, the licence had been cancelled.
The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) reimbursed all who had been defrauded.
However, several people shared similar stories about their dealings with Watts.
Bill Hammond, who died in 2013, provided the Watts family with $345,000 in loans and investments into the funeral home business.
Watts became the co-executor ...
Things to do on Family Day in Simcoe County - Simcoe.comSaturday, March 02, 2019
Explore the trails by ski or snowshoe and stop to hand feed chickadees, warm up and roast bannock by the fire and more!
Location and Venue: 16160 Highway 12 East, Midland, ON, L4R 4K6 (The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre) Event date and time: Monday, February 18, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM Audience: All Ages Price: Free
This Family Day we will fill up the Barrie Sports Dome with inflatables and games. Kids can enjoy all the fun and help a worthy cause. ALL of the proceeds are being donated to Starlight Children's Foundation Canada.
Location and Venue: 99 Hanmer St. E., Barrie, ON, L4M 6W3 (Barrie Sports Dome) Event date and time: Monday, February 18, 2019 10:00AM - 3:30PM Audience: All Ages Price: $10/child 2 years and older. Adults free.
Family Day skate
Hosted by Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MPP Doug Downey.
Location and Venue: 171 Mapleton Ave., Barrie, ON, L4n 9N3 (Holly Community Centre) Event date and time: Monday, February 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM Audience: All Ages Price: Free
Free Family Day Skate And Free Hot Chocolate
Enjoy some free family skating and hot chocolate! Sponsored by Nicholls and Penetanguishene Funeral Homes.
Location and Venue: 527 Len Self Blvd., Midland, ON, (North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre ) Event date and time: Monday, February 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM Audience: All Ages Price: Free
Family Day skate
Hosted by Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MPP Doug Downey.
Location and Venue: 71 Line 4 North, Oro-Medonte , ON, L0L 2E0 (Oro-Medonte Community Centre Arena) Event date and time: Monday, February 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM Audience: All Ages Price: Free
Family Day Crafternoon
Come get crafty with us this Family Day at the boater's lounge. Enjoy an afternoon full of arts, crafts and free hot chocolate.
Location and Venue: Centennial Drive, Orillia, ON, L3V 4M8 (Orillia Waterfront Centre) Event date and ...
Former Ontario funeral home director charged with defrauding pre-paying customers - Toronto StarSaturday, March 02, 2019
Police Sgt. Peter Leon says the investigation centred on the Watts Funeral Home, a now-shuttered family-run business that had three locations in the central Ontario communities of Wasaga Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene.Florida funeral home workers charged after 16 decomposing bodies foundLawsuit launched against website for allegedly collecting obituaries, reposting them without permissionHe says police began investigating the funeral home in 2013 and eventually uncovered 86 alleged victims who were defrauded of nearly $400,000.He says the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the province’s regulatory body for funeral service providers, ultimately reimbursed those who lost money.Darrin Watts, 52, is facing six charges including two counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of theft over $5,000, using forged documents and breach of trust. Leon says no other family members who help run the funeral home were believed to be involved in the alleged fraud.“It’s very disturbing that there’s individuals out there that are taking advantage of what is one of the most difficult things to do — say goodbye to a loved one,” Leon said.Carey Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Bereavement Authority, said Darrin Watts owned funeral homes in Midland and Penetanguishene while his parents ran a third in Wasaga Bea...
Former funeral home director accused of defrauding victims of nearly $400K - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Police Sgt. Peter Leon says the investigation centred on the Watts Funeral Home, a now-shuttered family-run business that had three locations in the central Ontario communities of Wasaga Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene.
Leon says one of the family members on the funeral director team allegedly took money that had been provided by clients who were pre-paying for their funeral arrangements in a bid to make life easier for their loved ones.
He says police began investigating the funeral home in 2013 and eventually uncovered 86 alleged victims who were defrauded of nearly $400,000.
He says the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the province's regulatory body for funeral service providers, ultimately reimbursed those who lost money.
Darrin Watts, 52, is facing six charges including two counts of fraud over $5,000, 2 counts of theft over $5,000, using forged documents and breach of trust. Leon says no other family members who help run the funeral home were believed to be involved in the alleged fraud.
"It's very disturbing that there's individuals out there that are taking advantage of what is one of the most difficult things to do -- say goodbye to a loved one," Leon said.
Carey Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Bereavement Authority, said Darrin Watts owned funeral homes in Midland and Penetanguishene while his parents ran a third in Wasaga Beach. All three operated under the name Watts Funeral Home, he said.
Smith alleged that Darrin Watts gained access to a number of accounts set u...
Former funeral director accused of defrauding 86 people | CTV ... - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Watts allegedly defrauded almost $400,000 from 86 victims. The OPP says the alleged frauds involved prepaid funerals.
Watts Funeral Home provided offered services in Midland Penetanguishene and Wasaga Beach.
The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has reimbursed the victims.
Watts will appear in court in May.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
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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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. (...
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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