Smithville ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Rev. Jelle NutmaTuesday, May 9, 2017
The Netherlands. He is predeceased by his brothers Jaap, and Sjouk. He ministered in 11 churches: Athens, 1957, Acton, 1959, Dundas, 1963, Bowmanville, 1966, Wyoming, 1971, Thunder Bay, 1977, Smithville, 1981, Rocky Mountain House, 1986, Strathroy, 1990. Until we meet again dad. Visitation at STONEHOUSE-WHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, 11 Mountain Street, GRIMSBY (905-945-2755) on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 5 - 8 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main Street East, Grimsby, on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorial contributions to Parkinson Canada would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Annie SavelThursday, January 19, 2017
Terrace Nursing Home, Komoka, ON, on Monday, January 9, 2017. She was born in Krakovany, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) in 1924. Annie immigrated with her family to Canada in1938. They settled in Smithville and later moved to Welland. She is predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Martin, her parents, Gaspar Zeman, Johanna Palcut and Josef Cibik, her brothers Joseph Zeman and Jan Cibik and her sister, Bea Wagner. Mourning her passing are her son John (Sue Ellen), grandsons David, Michael (Jennifer) and Father Stephen, her great grandchildren Nick, Katie and Lucas and her brothers, Bernie Cibik (Adeline) and Albert Cibik (Anne) of St. Catharines and many nieces and nephews. Annie worked on the line at canneries in Niagara, did housework in Crystal Beach, (a thoughtful coworker there taught her to read and write English) and in Welland, at last finding employment in a good union job at General Tire until her retirement decades later. She was a proud member of The Canadian Slovak League, Branch 23, The First Catholic Slovak Union and The Catholic Women’s League of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish where she was a founding parishioner. Friendly, generous and outgoing, Annie loved playing or working at bingo, attending conventions with her friends, dancing, c...
Lola BivandWednesday, November 30, 2016
GRIMSBY (905-945-2755) on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00 am. Interment Union Cemetery, Smithville. If desired, memorial contributions to Community Living or the Juravinski Hospital would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
A grief counsellor faces her own loss - St. Catharines StandardThursday, November 17, 2016
As a trauma team rushed into his room with movie-like choreography, Sandy was ushered out.
Her grief journey was about to begin.
On this day, as she sits in the living room of her Smithville home, she is five years into that journey and over a cup of tea, she reflects back on that day with the healing lens of time.
Sandy has written a book about her experience: 12 Weeks of Winter and Beyond, Uncharted Territory after Sudden Death (Friesen Press, $15 paperback). It began as therapy, a way to give purpose and value to Rick’s life, but in the end became an exploration of her own grief in hopes of helping others find their way.
She writes about the moments before Rick died:
I leaned over him, touched his face and his hair and called to him, “No, Rick, don’t do this, don’t leave me.” Literally all hell broke loose, Code Blue was called. Just like in the movies, a team of people and machines and instruments came charging down the hall and equally, quickly, they raced Rick down to the ER.
“Mrs. McBay, you need to come with me,” asserted an attendant.
“But I need to be with my husband.”
“No, you need to come with me now.” Carole and I were escorted to a quiet room and left there.
Sandy and her friend, Carole, waited. Twenty minutes later, a nurse came into their room.
She writes: Ever so gently, perhaps with her hand in mine, I don’t remember, she looked at me and said, “Sandy, he died.”
Three little words.
Still, after years of replaying that moment in her mind, she wrestles with the guilt of not being with Rick in that moment.
“I needed to be there,” she says. “And I was robbed of that.
“The person I lived with for 35 years, was still there. He would have felt my presence.”
Sandy remembers in vivid detail the hours that followed. Her friends at Tallman Funeral Home in Vineland, where she co-ordinated bereavement support sessions, brought her husband to the funeral home that night. Sandy helped them dress him in a suit, and placed him in a casket. It was something she needed to do.
She spoke at his funeral. Her grandchildren were there, even though there was some initial reservation over including young children. Sandy held tight to the words of noted child psychologist, Alan Wolfelt: “Anyone old enough to love, is old enough to grieve.”
It was an experience that left her with beautiful memories. Her two-year-old granddaughter busied herself handing out Dixie cups of water to people at the visitation. Later on, she overheard her young grandson ask: “Is Papa st...
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...