Penetanguishene ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Former funeral home director accused of defrauding victims of nearly $400K - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
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 up by people who had pre-...
Former funeral home director allegedly defrauded victims of nearly $400K - Toronto SunThursday, April 12, 2018
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.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 oneOPP Sgt. Peter LeonHe 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 Ex...
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?)...
Simcoe County history - Bradford TimesWednesday, July 5, 2017
At the top of his list of priorities was the promotion of transportation improvements – especially anything that would link Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Penetanguishene, Collingwood, Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe with Toronto and Lake Ontario.That meant railways, roads and canals.And those all meant big money for the riding.His success at engaging government investment in his riding led to his success at the polls and he was acclaimed in election after election. But canals connecting Lake Simcoe with Lake Ontario, and Lake Simcoe with Georgian Bay, soon ran against some logistical problems. Expensive rail lines that were not well-run were soon mired in debt, hurting not only the upper government, but the county as well. Morrison was a director of Northern Railway, so it was a personal issue, too.Actually, it was even more personal. His brother, J.C., was president of the railway. There were a number of investigations into the rail lines and none found a problem with the behaviour of the two Morrison brothers. (This included the investigation that took down Hincks’s government earlier.)That said, there was a series of problems with what the rail line was trying to do. The railway tried to establish a shipping service out of Collingwood, but that service couldn’t pay for itself. These were early days and the blueprint for rail success in Ontario had yet to be created.Morrison’s opponent loaded up on these glitches and failures as ammunition. Morrison loaded up on sandwiches and alcohol. Food and booze were used to encourage voters to support the politician who supplied the best and most drink and food. The Orillia Packet reported, “Whiskey was sent into the Townships in streams.” The campaign was boisterous and at times violent.Morrison lost.He was later wooed by Conservatives in a riding in the Niagara Peninsula, which he won by a majority – a small majority, but a majority all the same.He continued participating in politics outside of Simcoe County for two decades – including as mayor in Toronto. As mayor, Angus had the opportunity to award Ned Hanlan for his winning of a sculling match – the same one Angus had won as a young man.His law firm thrived and he became a Queen’s Counsel in 1873 at the age of 51. He died in his 60th year. It “was a shock to the entire community and his funeral, a municipal event, was reported to have consisted of more than 90 carriages.”Morrison’s work on developing the infrastructure of Simcoe County early in its history led to a boom in settlement there. Colonization roads built on his recommendation helped draw new blood into the interior of the county, away from the shores of Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. Rail lines, linking Bradford with Barrie and Collingwood and Orillia and points between, helped new industries grow, giving the new settlers quick and easy access to goods and materials they no longer had to wait for to come from Toronto, Montreal or even overseas.The Barrie Examiner reported on his funeral that of the “almost 100 carriages, 20 had travelled over roads in existence only because of Angus Morrison’s conviction about the importance of Simcoe North to the future of the Canadian Nation!”Clearly, people in Simcoe North had long memories.Tom Villemaire is a former editor of papers in Simcoe County, including the Orillia Packet & Times, Midland Free Press, Barrie Examiner, Innisfil Examiner and Enterprise-Bulletin, and is the author of two history books. He now runs historylab.ca, podcasts and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Eileen Green (Richard)Tuesday, May 9, 2017
President of the Ladies Aid, and president of the Women’s Evening. She was a member of the IODE and looked forward to her weekly Bridge Club group. Eileen cherished the cottage her father built in Penetanguishene and she and Bill moved there in 1975. She and Bill spent many winters in Mexico before buying a winter home in Port Charlotte. She returned to her beloved Preston in 2007. Eileen had many talents including cooking, knitting, sewing, and quilting. She will be proudly remembered as a true hockey mom and grandmom. Her keen sense of humour and quick wit will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Krys. Munoz for her support, and to the many people who cared for her, including Fairview Suites Retirement Home, CCAC, and Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
A celebration of her life will be held at Ayr Chapel, Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, 183 Northumberland St. in Ayr on Monday, April 17 at 1pm. Friends will be welcomed after 12:00 PM. There will be a private family interment later.
In lieu of flowers, donations to CNIB Literacy and Accessible Publishing or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated
Online condolences and donations may be arranged through www.wmkippfuneralhome.com or by contacting Wm. Kipp 519-632 8228...
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...
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...