Thunder Bay ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
OPINION: A tale of two refugees - Northern Ontario BusinessWednesday, March 27, 2019
Our responses are similar, but by no means identical, and they are demonstrably not equally effective. These thoughts struck me as I listened to an exchange at the recent immigration forum held in Thunder Bay. The exchange was between one of the panellists and one of the Indigenous singers who had been invited to set the tone for the day – one of welcoming and reflection.
The panellist was a recent refugee arrival, a new homeowner, and was presented as a case study for successful emergency immigration to Canada. He spoke about the important role his host family played in helping his family learn about their new community. Not just where the bus stops and grocery stores were, but being an advocate and interpreter for them at the bank, with education institutions, health providers and, most critically, in the workplace, where cultural differences had to be adapted to and overcome, on both sides. He and his wife, who was also on the panel, spoke glowingly about the settlement supports they and their children had received since coming to this country.
The Indigenous singer was also not from Thunder Bay. Like the panellist, she talked of her struggles in her home community, and what drove her to seek a better life else...
Unsettling questions surround death of Timothy Atlookan in Thunder Bay - CBC.caSaturday, March 02, 2019
Donna Atlookan weeps in the arms of a friend by the tree in the park across from the Thunder Bay courthouse where she said her son was found dead by hanging in October.The Thunder Bay police continue to investigate the Oct. 29 death of Timothy Atlookan, 25, that may not be what it appeared to be at first.Donna Atlookan said the coroner told her during a phone conversation that her son was found with a sweater or a jacket tied to his neck by the tree in Patterson Park.She doesn't know exactly how he was found, whether he was already on the ground or still hanging. Her memory comes back in fragments from the fog and haze of pain in the days after the death.She said the coroner suggested it was suicide.Timothy Atlookan, 25, was found dead in a Thunder Bay park on Oct. 29. (Submitted by Donna Atlookan)"It sounded like he was found hanging, that he died of asphyxiation," said Donna Atlookan.Atlookan said there was no mention of a suicide note.Thunder Bay police said this week in a statement that the file is still open and the death is still under investigation."We con...
Online fundraiser launched to support Jacob family and Webequie community - Tbnewswatch.comSaturday, March 02, 2019
THUNDER BAY -- An online fundraising page has been created in the memory of Braiden Jacob after the teen's body was found in the city over the weekend.
The 17-year-old from Webequie First Nation was in Thunder Bay accessing trauma and grief counselling services when he did not return to his hotel room on Dec. 5. A missing person report was filed with police on Dec. 6 and his body was found on Sunday morning on the golf course at Chapples Park.
A GoFundMe drive has been launched for the Jacob family and Webequie First Nation with a goal of raising $100,000.
"Funds will go directly to the Jacob family while they are in Thunder Bay awaiting the post-mortem results, charter flights to bring Braiden's body and his family back home to Webequie, funeral costs in the remote community, as well as immediate grief and trauma counselling for the family and community members and other associated costs," the fundraiser description reads.
"We are asking for support from the community of T...
Martin Bruce Hicks, 64 - International Falls JournalThursday, December 14, 2017
His commitment issues were a struggle both in career and family life, but he remained committed to the surviving children — Katherine A. Hicks (Grass Valley, Calif. and Minnesota), Sara Hicks (Thunder Bay, Ontario), Dave Hicks (Thunder Bay, Ontario), Sarah Lyne Hicks-Catcher (Ottawa, Ontario and St. Paul, Minn.), and Martin Liam Hicks (Kingston, Ontario).Martin’s true endeavoring quality was his commitment and love for his children. He will be truly remembered for his dedication towards his children and being there for them under all circumstances.He worked at a restaurant in Minnesota in his early 20s. He was a member of the Anglican Church. He belonged to a poetry club and often enjoyed writing short stories. Patricia Hicks Lagerstrom (Gauthier) and her husband often spent time in Minnesota and Ontario in their son’s younger years, up until 1972 and university for Martin.When Martin was younger, he would write poetry in the back seat of the car and short stories to past the travel time, which lead to a full-time hobby in his older years of writing. Mr. and Mrs. Hicks attended their dad’s funeral with their son in the early years and social gatherings at the Gauthier’s family home in Minnesota. Grandma Pat’s parents would drive in from Wisconsin to Minnesota to see them regularly.Martin enjoyed camping, road-trips, writing poetry, hanging out at the park or restaurants. His great enjoyment was with his daughter, Sarah, and her numerous stories of adventure each time she left Ottawa. They would often exchange letters, share ideas on writing poetry, and spend time in the park on the benches with paper growing up. He had nicknamed her the Sara with an H!He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Lynne, and his granddaughters, Airlyn, Kaylin, Sierra, and Laura Priceless, all of St. Paul, Minn. and Ottawa, Ontario; his other grandchildren of Katherine Baca (Hicks), Tristen of California; his brother, died early in 1974, leaving him as the last child alive of Patricia Gauthier (Lagerstrom, Hicks) interchangeably throughout the years.He was pronounced dead suddenly and taken too soon. He was cremated with no reception as per his de...
Tough to say goodbye - The Chronicle JournalWednesday, July 05, 2017
The grieving family of Marlan Patrick Chookomolin want closure for the young man who was taken off life support a week ago.Chookomolin, 25, was found critically injured in Thunder Bay during the early hours of June 25 on a pathway in the County Park area that runs parallel to Highway 11/17.On Monday, family and friends paid their respects to Chookomolin during a visitation service at a city funeral home.Today, Chookomolin will be brought to his home community in Peawanuk in the Far North for funeral services and burial.“We are being strong and trying to keep it together,” Ron Chookomolin, father of Marlan, told The Chronicle-Journal on Monday.“We haven’t heard anything from Thunder Bay Police Services. We have left a message and they haven’t contacted the family to update, but I do understand that there have been recent developments in Thunder Bay (double homicide) and I do understand they are busy.”The family was last contacted by police on Friday of last week.“It is alarming and concerning,” Chookomolin said. “We want to bring the person responsible for this to court, to answer to the charge and we need to get closure.”The Chookomolin had invited the c...
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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The Canadian Press
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. (...
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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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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