Nipawin SK Obituaries and Funeral Related News
'Joy sprang out of our grief:' Parents of misidentified Bronco describe mix-up - paNOWSaturday, March 02, 2019
Paul LaBelle, an emergency room doctor, said Wednesday that his family had been travelling to watch the Broncos play in Nipawin when they came across the wreckage from the crash. He grabbed his medical bag and ran down the highway to help, but was turned away by RCMP.After they were informed that their 18-year-old son was among the dead, they were sent to a makeshift morgue at a funeral home to identify his body.They were shown one body that they knew wasn't their son. Staff apologized and showed them another body. Again, it was not their boy, they said."We were very anxious and confused," recalled Paul LaBelle. "Maybe Xavier was still trapped at the scene or perhaps he had wandered off into a field unnoticed?"We were assured all 29 people on the bus were accounted for."Still unconvinced, he said he and his wife went to the Saskatoon hospital and showed nurses caring for the injured Broncos photos of Xavier. "The staff members were sympathetic but they let us know all the players were identified and our son was not there."Tanya LaBelle said she pleaded for police to search the crash site again with dogs but was told no one had been left behind. That's when it began to sink in that maybe their grief was blinding them. Maybe Xavier was dead.They went back to the morgue and looked over the one body that had yet to be identified. It had no scars or birthmarks matching Xavier. So they arranged for his orthodontic records to be ordered. "We needed to be 100 per cent sure," Paul LaBelle said.In the meantime, the family accepted that the body might be Xavier. They held him and balled their eyes out and started making funeral arrangements.It was two days later, while they were at a vigil in Humboldt honouring those who died, that they received the miraculous phone call. They discreetly went outside to tell other family members the news, then rushed to Saskatoon.The coroner's office apologized at the time for the mistake, saying several of the players had dyed their hair blonde for the playoff season and weren't carrying identification when the bus crashed.A coroner also said that the mistake was realized when Xavier LaBelle woke up and said, "I'm not Parker Tobin."Paul LaBelle told court that his son suffered serious injuries, including fractures and gashes to his face, along with brain trauma, spine fractures and nerve damage in his legs and left arm.He continues to require medical care.Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press
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Humboldt Broncos bus crash: Funeral service held for radio broadcaster, 'amazing man' Tyler Bieber - Saskatoon StarPhoenixThursday, April 12, 2018
Tyler Bieber, who provided play-by-play commentary for the Humboldt Broncos and was traveling with the team to their game in Nipawin, was confirmed to be one of the victims of the of the crash. (Supplied)SASwpLyndon Friesen, president of Bolt FM’s parent company, Golden West Radio, travelled from Manitoba to attend Thursday’s service with other employees. Friesen called Bieber’s death “tragic” and said it had a huge impact on those who work there.“He was a critical piece to the station,” Friesen said in an interview.Maureen Johnson, who knows Bieber’s mother and has a child Bieber’s age, wore a jersey to the service. She said she attended the funeral to show support not only for Bieber’s family, but “to show strong support for the kids in the hospital.”The collision between the Broncos bus and a semi-trailer took place last Friday around 5 p.m. on Highway 35 about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale as the Broncos travelled to Nipawin from Humboldt in a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks. Of the 29 people on board, 16 died in the collision and 13 were injured. The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.Bieber was vice-president of the Humboldt touch football league, involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor and was set to start coaching at a football academy in Saskatoon three days a week. Bieber was also a fan of the NFL’s New England Patriots. When Patriots owner Robert Kraft learned that, he sent flowers on behalf of the team to Thursday’s service and also left a voicemail for Bieber’s mother expressing condolences, according to ESPN.“My son was one amazing man,” Bieber’s mother, Marilyn Hay, said last week. “He would get up at 5:30 every morning and go to work, but his day didn’t stop there. After, he would volunteer with the high school kids — teaching them basketball, football, he taught the girls flag football — he had a real passion for that.“Tyler was rarely at home between running from work to volunteer jobs,” she said. “He wasn’t in it for the money, he’d get paid extra for being an announcer, but he’d drop that to go be a volunteer coach instead.”In a post on Facebook, his brother Brandon said, “I don’t know what to do or say right now but I know one thing is you will always be...
Edmonton mourns Humboldt Broncos lost in crash, while rooting for those still in hospital - Toronto StarThursday, April 12, 2018
Tuesday. Fifteen people, including players and staff, were killed in a horrific crash in northeastern Saskatchewan, Friday, after the team’s bus collided with a truck on their way to Nipawin for game five of a playoff series. Many of the survivors now face a long road to recovery. Twenty-nine people were on board. As of noon Monday, twelve people were still in hospital, four in critical condition, four in serious and four in stable condition, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority.Curtis Smith, father of Tyler Smith, a Humboldt player from Leduc, Alta. who was on board the bus, posted on social media Tuesday morning that Tyler is “able to drink water and have some jello. He is doing good.”Article Continued Below“I am so sad for the boys and Dayna still in the ICU. They say they are critical, in other words, they’re still fighting for their lives. I am sad for the families who have to make funeral arrangements,” Smith added in his post.Humboldt Bronco trainer Dayna Brons was travelling with the team, and the only woman on board.Derek Patter, a player from Edmonton, was also injured in the crash. A family member posted a photo on social media on Saturday of Derek and two other teammates “bonding and healing in hospital.”The Bronco’s former goalie, St. Albert’s Sam-Jaxon Visscher, is still trying to make sense of the tragedy. The goaltender had tended net for the Broncos for almost six m...
Funerals, memorials for victims of Broncos' bus crash set to take place throughout the week - CBC.caThursday, April 12, 2018
Sixteen people who were on the Humboldt Broncos' team bus when it collided with a semi last Friday evening are now dead.The Broncos were on their way to a playoff showdown against the SJHL's Nipawin Hawks when the crash happened.The SJHL announced Wednesday the playoffs would continue starting this weekend.ServicesThe funeral for Tyler Bieber, the team's play-by-play announcer, was scheduled for Thursday morning in Humboldt.The family of Dayna Brons, the team's athletic therapist and the lone woman on the bus, confirmed Wednesday she had died after sustaining serious head trauma in the collision. Details surrounding her funeral service are to be determined.Broncos' player Adam Herold's funeral is set to take place in his home community of Montmartre, Sask., at the Sacred Heart Parish on Friday. The school gym will be used as well, for those wishing to attend.The funeral for Jacob Leicht, also a former Broncos player, is scheduled for Friday at the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt. People are asked to wear their hockey jerseys or shirts, and to bring horns and noisemakers. (CBC)Glen Doersken was the driver for the team bus, who also lost his life in the collision. His funeral is set for Friday at 2 p.m. CST at the community hall in Carrot River, Sask. On Saturday, people will gather for Broncos' team statistician Brody Hinz's funeral at 10 a.m. CST, at the St. Augu...
The first of 16. Funeral for play-by-play announcer of Humboldt Broncos - Surrey Now-LeaderThursday, April 12, 2018
Elgar Petersen Arena where the Broncos played their home games.Bieber worked for radio station CHBO and was with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team as it headed to playoff game in Nipawin when bus collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale.Of the 29 people on board 16 have died, including Bieber, who also coached high school football and basketball.Thirteen were injured and the truck driver wasn’t hurt.Team president Kevin Garinger said this is a time when everyone needs to pull together.“You can’t undo anything. We need to immediately work toward supporting each other,” he said.“People are hurting and that’s what we need to direct our energy toward.”Related: ‘Too terrible to be true’: B.C. player almost returned to the Humboldt BroncosTwo other funerals are scheduled for Friday.Jacob Leicht, a left-winger, will have his service in Humboldt.Adam Herold, who would have turned 17 today, will have his funeral in his hometown of Montmartre.Players on the Broncos were from communities across Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.Related: Dayna Brons, trainer for Humboldt Broncos, dies in hospitalRelated: Tom Cochrane reworks lyrics to honour Humboldt BroncosBill Graveland, The Canadian PressLike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Stony Plain lines 53 Street with hockey sticks for Broncos' Parker Tobin funeral - Edmonton JournalWednesday, 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 email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/CGriwkowsky
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Saskatchewan police officers attend regimental funeral - Global News ReginaWednesday, March 27, 2019
‘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.
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‘Write me soon. Stay safe’: A story of Canada’s opioid crisis, told in letters from prison - The Globe and MailWednesday, 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...