Port Colborne ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Funeral to be held for fire victims | St. Catharines Standard - St. Catharines StandardFriday, June 2, 2017
Tammy Burd and her children Samantha and Joshua Zuvic will be laid to rest Friday as the community continues to mourn the tragic loss of four lives in a recent Port Colborne fire.The blaze that tore through a Nickel Street home early on Dec. 14 claimed the lives of Tammy, 37, Samantha, 15, and Joshua, 2, as well as Tammy’s grandmother Eva Burd, 83.Eva’s funeral was held Monday.“Everyone is affected by this and we’re pulling together as best you can,” Ryan Torkos, owner of Armstrong Funeral Home and Chapel, said of the community’s emotional state following the devastating event.The funeral home is overseeing the services held in honour of the victims.Their grieving family has declined to comment.The tragedy has had a swift impact on the city, leaving even its first responders shaken.“The community here in Port Colborne, they’ve been very supportive,” Torkos said, crediting people for stepping up to offer assistance in any way they can.He called it fortunate that the Burd-Zuvic family is “tight-knit,” with its members able to act as a support system for one another during such a difficult time.Tammy’s husband Joe Zuvic, 37, and a family uncle G...
Sargant inducted into Hall of Fame - Collingwood Enterprise BulletinThursday, March 9, 2017
OHL with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as well as Jr. B teams in Collingwood, Barrie and Orillia.He became an event planner and worked in his early days in Port Colborne where he transformed Canal Days from a small festival to a signature event in the province.“He completely renovated the festival and made it an enormous three-day event. He brought in bands, and comedians and jugglers and rib-fest stuff and converted the event so it became a focal point in the Niagara region for people to to go to Port Colborne and have a great time,” Measures said.Sargant organized the community funeral for Wiarton Willy when the groundhog died two weeks before Groundhog Day.“Then the next year, they had Wiarton Willy’s cousin, a new ground hog,” said Measures.He also worked in Niagara Falls and for a short time in Collingwood before coming to Clearview.Before Sargant’s arrival in Clearview former Mayor Ken Ferguson and council decided not to sell the community halls across the large township that were not being used often and which had fallen into disrepair.The halls where brought into the township’s parks and recreation department which began overseeing the halls and their volunteers.“Then Shane came in and said, You’ve got all these beautiful halls, why don’t we throw a festival with all these halls. Get them all together on big weekend.“Council said ‘yes’ and we put $50,000 behind it,” said Measures.It would be the first time holding a festival for the entire township. It came at a time when the township had also decided on a new logo and a Small Halls logo.“So we created this Small Halls Festival and it was a huge success,” said Measures, who was the festival chair in year email@example.com/GiseleSarvis Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Family, friends gather to remember three killed in Brampton fire - Globalnews.caWednesday, March 1, 2017
The incident was the latest in a string of deadly house fires in Ontario over the last few months.Four family members died in a fire in Port Colborne in mid-December. About 12 hours later, a fire ripped through a home on Oneida Nation of the Thames, killing four children and their father.READ MORE: Human remains found at scene of house fire northwest of TorontoOn Christmas Eve, a mother, father and their two sons died in a blaze in a cottage near Peterborough, Ont. Two others died in a fire near Chatham-Kent in late January.With files from the Canadian Press.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
The Suicide Bomber Next Door - Toronto LifeThursday, January 19, 2017
Instead, he worked a succession of contract jobs. The Drivers moved around constantly, jumping across Canada from Regina to Kitchener to Port Colborne. On Sundays, they would go to church, then pack a picnic lunch and head to a nearby beach on Lake Erie.
Everything changed when Aaron was seven. Doctors discovered an inoperable tumour in his mom’s brain. Aaron didn’t understand how sick she was until his dad brought him to the hospital to see her undergo radiation. That’s when it sunk in: she wasn’t going to be okay. Aaron grew quiet and withdrawn, spending entire days in the hospital room with his mom.
A few months after Linda was diagnosed, she fell into a coma and never woke up. Aaron was inconsolable. He and his father were suddenly on their own—his older siblings had already moved out—and Aaron found the loneliness unbearable. In the following months, he often refused to get out of bed to go to school. He stopped eating his lunches, telling Wayne that, if he starved himself to death, he could be with his mom in heaven.
When Aaron was nine, his dad met a woman named Monica on a Christian dating site. Aaron seemed to like her at first, but that changed when, several months later, she and Wayne announced they were getting married. Aaron snapped. He raged and screamed, telling his dad nobody would ever replace his mom—and that he wished Wayne had died instead. Wayne took Aaron to a Christian bereavement counsellor, but his son refused to participate. He tried again with a psychiatrist and had to drag Aaron into the office; he sat through the entire appointment in silence. When Wayne brought a family counsellor in for home sessions, Aaron would storm out of the room. Eventually, Wayne stopped trying altogether.
After Wayne and Monica got married, Aaron spent most of his time alone in his room. He never watched TV because he didn’t want to sit ...
Niagara school mourns teacher - Niagara Falls ReviewTuesday, December 20, 2016
It is a great loss to our school and the community,” Louws added.
Visitation will be held Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home in Port Colborne from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at the Crystal Ridge Community Centre in Crystal Beach Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Niagara branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association or Greater Fort Erie Secondary School.
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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...
'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...