Assiniboia SK Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Unclaimed Saskatchewan: Caring for unclaimed cremated remains - Saskatoon StarPhoenixWednesday, August 2, 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...
Recognizing the three Joneses - Moose Jaw Times-HeraldWednesday, July 5, 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...
Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and TimesThursday, April 12, 2018
Organizations 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 was really that they were kids; they’re young kids,” said the mayor.“I think that’s what hits hard at most people.”(With files from Jonathon Brodie and Canadian Press) Let's block ads! (Why?)...
'I feel the pain:' Funeral for Humboldt radio announcer Tyler Bieber held today - CBC.caThursday, April 12, 2018
The first funeral for the victims of a deadly Saskatchewan bus crash is being held today.Tyler Bieber was killed last week when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team collided with a semi-trailer near Tisdale, Sask. Sixteen people who were on the bus have died and 13 were injured.Bieber was a play-by-play radio announcer for the team and also worked as a broadcaster for 107.5 Bolt FM.Tyler Bieber, who worked with Humboldt radio station 107.5 Bolt FM, is among 16 people killed in the crash. (CBC News)Outside the ceremony, Bieber's former neighbour remembered him as a good man."I knew him as a very soft person," said Jennifer Lawrence. "They were very, very sweet people."As a mother, Lawrence wanted to offer her condolences to the Bieber family."I feel the pain everybody is going through," said Jennifer Lawrence. "It could have happened to anybody."Bieber's former neighbour, Jennifer Lawrence, remembers him as a kind man.(Chanss Lagaden/CBC)It was Bieber's first season announcing for the Broncos. He also cove...
'One team for Humboldt': Supporters don jerseys in global show of support - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Thursday to honour the victims of the tragic collision. Last Friday, a tractor-trailer collided with a bus carrying the Homboldt Broncos team to a junior hockey playoff game in rural Saskatchewan. The crash killed 16 passengers and injured 13 others aboard the bus.The group created a Facebook event for the idea where they encouraged others to don their favourite jerseys and share a photo of it online with the hashtag #JerseysforHumboldt. The idea quickly caught on and politicians, celebrities, sports organizations, businesses, school boards, and many others in Canada and around the world have voiced their support and shared photos of their jerseys on Thursday.
On Twitter, a quick search of the hashtag revealed thousands of posts sharing photos of jerseys and the hashtag was the top trending topic on the website as of Thursday morning.
Jennifer Pinch, one of the co-organizers of the movement, told CTV News Channel that she’s surprised at how many people have joined in on the effort.
“It really represents that the whole world is behind the victims in Humboldt, the families, the moms, the dads, the communities, they’re not alone,” she said on Thursday morning.
The news of the horrific crash hit home for Pinch who has a 16-year-old son that plays hockey in the Langley Minor Hockey Association.
“I couldn’t believe it. There’s so much tragedy in this world and most of it is unrelatable, this is 100 per cent relatable,” she said. “Our kids are going to be ...