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Piche Hawkins Grondin Funeral Chapel

601 Hwy 2 N
Assiniboia, SK S0H 0B0
(306) 642-5551

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Unclaimed Saskatchewan: Caring for unclaimed cremated remains - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

However, for the people whose occupation deals in death, disposing of an urn is not an ideal option.Patrick Grondin is the owner of Piche-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels in the town of Assiniboia. Working in a large building set against the backdrop of a giant prairie sky, he’s the second generation of his family to take up the business. His family also runs Grondin Funeral Services in Biggar, where he grew up. Grondin said one of the reasons the urns are kept is because staff are holding out hope a family member will come forward to finally bring the remains home. He’ll wait as long as he can to ensure that happens, he added.For him, it’s not a job, but a duty to the family that trusted him with the most finite part of a person’s life.It’s also a duty to his craft, which he learned from his father and is now teaching to his own children, and to the person being laid to rest.“It’s huge,” he said of the responsibility and trust people put in him. Patrick Grondin, the owner at Piche-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels in the small town of Assiniboia, is the second generation of his family to take up the funeral home business. Being surrounded by death his entire career, he’s become the guardian of several unclaimed urns containing cremated human remains. Like many funeral directors in Saskatchewan, they hold out hope that someone will claim the remains, although he’s legally allowed to bury them after 365 days.(Morgan Modjeski/The Saskatoon StarPhoenix)There are stories in the industry of urns that have been claimed when chances of pickup seemed slim, but this doesn’t always happen.When he arrived at the Assiniboia shop almost a decade ago, Grondin said there were urns that had been waiting just as long to be claimed. Although he doesn’t feel comfortable disclosing how many unclaimed urns are in his possession, Grondin said the word “several” would be accurate.In the late 1960s and the early ’70s, m...
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/unclaimed-saskatchewan

Recognizing the three Joneses - Moose Jaw Times-Herald

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Without them paving the way, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today.”The home first began on March 9, 1940. W.J. Jones came west from Perth, Ont. in 1905 with his family to Valour, a village west of Assiniboia. As a carpenter, he travelled to Moose Jaw for supplies and soon moved there. Irwin knew a few people working at a funeral home, which sparked an interest. When he approached W.J. with the idea, they decided to try their hands with funeral work.In 1939, the pair acquired the building where the funeral home still stands, built in 1906.Don grew up in the funeral home, as his parents lived in the suite above.“I know every nook and cranny and pipe and electrical switch. So I just observed what was going on,” said Don. “I remember when I was a little boy … I was helping my dad and my granddad have funeral services in this area at that time. My job was to let people in the front door, the big old oak door, and so people knew the Jones’ at that point and they knew me.”While attending Victoria Public School and then Central Collegiate, he helped out in various roles at the business.“It wasn’t long into my high school years that I decided, ‘This is what I’d like to do,’” he said. “So after high school, I began apprenticing under my dad.”He received his funeral director and operator license in 1966. While working, he abides by the philosophy of his grandfather – “Serve or do for others as you would like to see done for you if you were in the same, difficult position,” he said.“Coping with a death is a difficult thing. First of all, family doesn’t want to deal with it and they don’t know how to deal with it. They don’t know what is involved,” said Don, “but once they come in and work with our staff directors, they soon learn there’s more to it than buying a casket and going to a cemetery.”For Don, Friday’s dedication ceremony went beyond the renaming of the rooms and the chapel. It has remained a family affair throughout itsbentire operation.“My dad and my granddad both arranged many, many funerals serving many, many hundreds of families of the Moose Jaw and surrounding districts,” he said, pointing to areas such as Dilke, Chamberlain, Central Butte, Tugaske, Chaplin, Mossbank and Cardross.“It’s been an honour to serve all of the families that my granddad knew and my dad knew and I’ve come to know over the past 50-some years.”Let's block ads! (Why?)...

SKIBINSKY - Noreen Teresa - Yorkton This Week

Thursday, January 12, 2017

December 29, 2016 at the age of 49 years. Noreen was born on January 14, 1967. She was the fourth child of Marian and Miles Lozinsky. Her place of birth was Montmarte, SK and she attended school in Assiniboia, Langenburg and Kipling. After high school she attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She married her first husband Allan Varjassy and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Education. She first taught at schools located in Blue River. BC and Peace River, AB before moving to Yorkton in 1991. She and Allan had two children: Shane, born in 1996 and Kendra, born in 1998. In 2009 she married Dale Skibinsky. Noreen received recognition for 25 years of teaching with Christ the Teacher School Division this year. Her years were divided between St. Mary's and St. Paul's. Noreen's passion and heart was teaching the little people in grade one. She was very involved in the school community, leading the environment club, sharing her faith through religious celebrations and organizing Literacy Nights for her students. Noreen served with the Christ the Teacher Association as treasurer and then as President Elect from 2014-2016. Noreen has earned her black belt in Taekwondo and enjoyed participating in CrossFit to stay in shape. She was always a big supporter of her children's hobbies...
http://www.yorktonthisweek.com/obituaries/skibinsky-noreen-teresa-1.7001794

Stony Plain lines 53 Street with hockey sticks for Broncos' Parker Tobin funeral - Edmonton Journal

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tobin was originally thought to have survived the Broncos' bus collision last week, which killed 16 people. But a Saskatchewan coroner later confirmed he had been misidentified.estolte@postmedia.comtwitter.com/estoltecgriwkowsky@postmedia.comTwitter.com/CGriwkowsky Today's Top Three: Speed limits on residential roads; super-sized jail questioned;... Nick Lees: Gala guests pledge $120,000 for hospital cutting-edge 3D printer Let's block ads! (Why?)...
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/funeral-for-humboldt-broncos-parker-tobin-set-for-sunday-afternoon

‘Write me soon. Stay safe’: A story of Canada’s opioid crisis, told in letters from prison - The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Herd. His mother and sisters called him Manie – little man – because he was the only boy in the family. Story continues below advertisement He was torn away from his home on Saskatchewan's Peepeekisis First Nation to be educated in church-run residential schools, emerging scarred by sexual and physical abuse. For years, he would cross the street to avoid passing a Catholic church. A skilled outdoorsman who liked to fish for pike and hunt deer, beaver, bear and moose, he fell into a pattern of drinking, drug taking and fighting that kept him behind bars for most of his adult life. Pictures in an album show Mr. Daniels as an adult; a tattoo on Ms. Barber's back, below, shows him as a child. Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail Moira Barber, his common-law wife for 13 years, met him when she was dealing drugs in Guelph, Ont., and needed someone to collect money for her. She asked for the hardest, meanest dude in town. But Mr. Daniels had another side, Ms. Barber says. He was a keen artist who sometimes drew tattoos for a living. He loved roughhousing with her grandchildren, rolling around with them gleefully until the long hair that stretched down his back was a tangled mess. Mr. Kell grew up in London, Ont., 90 minutes down the 401 highway from Mr. Daniels. He started using drugs when he was a teenager. Before long, he was dealing cannabis and injecting hard stuff. As he puts it now, he would keep using until he ended up in the back of a police car. Between some 20 incarcerations, he tried over and over to get clean. He suffered several overdoses, coming close to death. In Spencer Kell's dining room, angel and devil portraits drawn by Mr. Daniels hang behind him. Blair Gable Mr. Kell and Mr. Daniels forged their friendship during two stints sharing a cell at Maplehurst. On the range at "the Hurst," they won respect for their experience and toughness. Mr. Daniels had an ugly temper. He could flip on you in a second, Mr. Kell says. But he stuck up for the underdogs, especially the new guys. Mr. Kell looked up to Mr. D...
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-write-me-soon-stay-safe-a-story-of-canadas-opioid-crisis-told-in/

Saskatchewan police officers attend regimental funeral - Global News Regina

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

READ MORE: ‘She is a hero’: Husband of slain Fredericton officer bids tearful goodbye a contingent of first responders from Saskatchewan are among those who traveled to Fredericton were among them.Three officers from the Saskatoon Police Service, two from Moose Jaw, and one from Weyburn are representing the south of the province.Three Regina Police Service members who attended are originally from New Brunswick, including one from Fredericton. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
https://globalnews.ca/news/4395856/saskatchewan-police-officers-attend-regimental-funeral/