Whitewood SK Obituaries and Funeral Related News
No charges in tow truck driver death, investigation ongoing: RCMP - CBC.caTuesday, April 4, 2017
Although the circumstances of the crash are not clear, the incident has prompted Saskatchewan tow truck drivers to renew calls for new safety measures. On March 18, tow truck drivers from Saskatoon, Whitewood and Abernethy, Sask., will form a funeral procession to Esterhazy, Sask., to honour the driver who died on job.But Brad Stratychuk from the Roadside Responders Association of Saskatchewan Inc. said it is also about raising awareness.He said drivers are still disobeying the "slow down and move over" law, which requires drivers to travel at 60 kilometres per hour when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks.Red and amber lights 'a good first step'Stratychuk said tow trucks are currently only allowed to have amber lights. His organization has been pushing for the provincial government to legislate a red and amber flashing light system specific to tow trucks, to help differentiate them from other vehicles on the road."I think it's a good first step in educating the motoring public," he said of the flashing light proposal."I think there has to be some awareness campaigns, I think a higher ticket for people not adhering to the law." He believes people have become de-sensitized to amber lights.Stratychuk said the red and amber flashing light proposal would be considered at the fall sitting of the legislature if it gets the approval of the Saskatchewan Police Commission. His association will be making a presentation to the commission in May. Stratychuk said he had been hit in his tow truck twice in his 34 years as a driver. His son's vehicle had also been struck twice."You can probably interview any tow truck driver in North America and they'll have a horror story about a pylon getting run over, a mirror brushing them, tearing their jacket," said Stratychuk."I mean, it's a daily occurrence; it's not somebody stretching the truth to exaggerate a story, it's a real event that happens every day."'We don't wear Superman capes'Dallas Baillie from Bailli...
Tow-truck procession to honour driver killed in Saskatchewan crash - CTV NewsFriday, March 17, 2017
RCMP said the crash involved a tow truck, a semi and two other vehicles.
The procession will see two different groups of drivers, one starting in Yorkton and one starting in Whitewood, meet at the Highway 9 and Highway 22 junction, near Stockholm. The groups will then proceed into Esterhazy, where Schaefer Brothers Towing is based, Baillie said.
Regina-based Trevor’s Towing and Recovery said about 100 drivers are expected to take part in the drive. Baillie felt comfortable with that estimate.
“It should be a good showing of respect,” Baillie said, noting drivers from across Saskatchewan and even some in Manitoba are planning to attend.
Schaefer was a father and husband and last year won a CAA Saskatchewan Roadside Assistance Award of Excellence.
His death hits especially close to home for Baillie because his company is a family business.
“My business is all run by family. I’m sending my sons out, on the same conditions, to go out and save other people that have run into trouble on the road,” Baillie said. “It kind of makes you think twice with sending your own family out because of the dangers that are out there.”
Baillie only met Schaefer once, but said tow-truck drivers are a close community.
“I’ve been in the towing business for 29 years and I don’t have competitors. I have a brotherhood,” he said.
Drivers are also in the early stages of planning a demonstration March 20 on Highway 1 to push the government to change tow-truck lights to red from amber and to implement penalties for motorists who do not slow down or move over when passing tow trucks.
Baillie stressed the rally is a separate event from the procession.
“What we are doing this coming Saturday is 100 per cent in honour and respect to our tow brother,” he said.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
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?)...
'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 ...
'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...