Michael Allan Thurber
Michael Allan Thurber of Sheffield, NB passed away suddenly on April 5th, 2009 at the age of 43. He was the son of Doreen Thurber and the late Wayne Thurber of Burton, NB.
He is survived by his partner, Karla and their two daughters, Abby and Victoria as well as his eldest daughter, Michelle Poirier of Fredericton; his mother, Doreen; two brothers, John (Shelley) and their children, Kristen and Michael, Shawn (Charlotte) and their children, Jenah, Leigha and Kayla as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Wayne and infant daughter, Hannah Marie.
Mike was born on November 5th, 1965 and grew up in the Oromocto and surrounding area. He was the owner of A1 Tree Removal. Mike enjoyed hunting, four wheeling, boating, car racing and most of all his 1968 Camaro. He also enjoyed taking trips to Campobello Island to visit family and friends. Mike was very generous and was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Visitation will be held at the Oromocto Select Community Funeral Home on Friday, April 10th, 2009 from 6-9 pm. A funeral service will be at the Oromocto United Church on Saturday, April 11th, 2009 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Bob McDowell officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Floral tributes gratefully accepted or donations may be made to the family to go towards trust funds for Abby, Victoria and Michelle. (357-5100)
John Bernard Hynes, OMM, CWO Ret'd
It is with great sadness that the family of J. Bernard Hynes announces his death at White Rapids Manor on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the age of 85. Born in Searston, NL on November 18th, 1924, he was the husband of the late Sadie Hynes.
Bernard leaves behind his children, Barbara (Bob) Calder and Leo (Dawn) Hynes of Oromocto; grandchildren, Jennifer (Remi), Nicholas (Nicky) and Tony (Julie); great grandchildren, Joshua, Brianna, Evan and Taylor; and sister, Pat Sheilds. In addition to his wife, Sadie, Bernard was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine (Downey) Hynes; grandson, Gregory Calder and 8 of his brothers and sisters.
Bernard joined the Military in November of 1942 and went on to serve as a tank driver in the Italian and Northwestern Europe Campaigns during the Second World War as a member of the British Columbia Dragoons. He remustered to the vehicle tech trade on June 2, 1946 in the corps of Royal Canadian Electrial and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME). He served with 2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (RCH), 2 Field Squadron (RCE), 4 service Battalion, FMC HQ and with the United Nations in Egypt and Cyprus.
Between 1968 and 1971 Bernard assisted the New Brunswick Ministry of Labour in training civilian and military technicians to prepare for interprovincial licenses and was asked to help establish provincial automotive technician standards and specifications. He also aided in the creation of the Base Auto Hobby Club.
In July of 1997 he was awarded the Order of Military Merit (OMM)
Visitation will take place at Oromocto Funeral Home, 108 Winnebago St., on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 93 will hold a tribute service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Mark Trzop officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernard's memory can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Crena M. Knowlton
If heaven has a hospital, Nurse Crena is now on duty. With a great sense of loss and sadness, the family announces the passing of Crena May (Allen) Knowlton, on October 17th, 2010, aged 93 years at the Orchard View Long Term Care Facility in Gagetown, NB. “Oromocto’s Angel” has departed this life to be with the Lord she served so faithfully.
Crena was the second of seven children born to the late J. Henry and M. Maude (King) Allen on August 13th, 1917 in St. Martin’s, NB and the wife of the late Richard H. (Dick) Knowlton (1999).
She will be greatly missed by her only daughter and son-in-law, Karla and Rick Hilchie and was an adored Nanny to her granddaughter and her husband, Kristen and Aaron Grim. Crena will be missed by her brother, Ronald Allen (Vera); sisters, Lois J. Barton, Alfreda Weston, Bernice Brown; sister-in-law, Catherine Allen (Toronto); brother-in-law, Harold Stevens (Viola) and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, Crena was predeceased by her brother, Henry Jr. and sister, Elizabeth Thomas.
Crena attended the Saint John School for Nurses, graduating in 1941. She worked at the Saint John General Hospital and for a short time in Montréal. After marrying in 1956, Crena did not return to nursing until the late 1960s when she worked at the Oromocto Public Hospital until her retirement in 1982. She then began her long span as a volunteer with numerous organizations in Oromocto.
People in the community and the surrounding areas will recall Crena assisting at VON Foot and Blood Pressure Clinics; her involvement with CanSurmount, OPH Auxiliary, St. John’s Anglican Church; selling flowers and tickets for various causes and producing “Crena’s Fruitcakes” at Christmas. Whatever task was set before her, Crena took charge and tackled it with gusto. She was a good friend and caregiver to many people, never wanting to be acknowledged for her kind deeds and actions. In 2002, she was nominated and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Volunteering.
The family extends grateful thanks to people who were constant friends and all who assisted with Crena over the past years – Drs. V. S. Roxborough, F. Rupa, H. Stairs; the wonderful caring staff of Orchard View Nursing Home; the WeCare girls and the neighbors who kept an eye on Crena before her move to Orchard View (Oct. 16, 2009), and a very special thanks to her buddies (Georgie, Keith and Alyre) who were a great source of companionship and camaraderie.
Visitation will be held at the Oromocto Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 from 3-7 pm. A funeral service will be held at the St. John's Anglican Church, Oromocto, NB on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 2:00 pm with a reception immediately following in the church hall. Canon Jim Irvine will be officiating. Visitation will be held at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John that evening from 7-9 pm.
Interment will be held in the Ocean View Memorial Gardens, Saint John, NB on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 1:00 pm with Fr. Stuart Allan officiating. For those who wish, donations in memory of Crena may be made to the Oromocto Public Hospital Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice. www.oromoctofh.com (506) 357-5100.
Daniel Cody Knight
The death of Daniel Cody Knight occurred on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at his residence in Lower Jemseg.
Born July 2nd, 1954, he was the son of the late Walter and Hannah (Cody) Knight.
Dan is survived by Jane Knight of Oromocto; his son, Gregory Knight of Oromocto; his siblings, Dr. Burton Knight (Millie) of Toronto, ON and Barbara Cruickshank of Oromocto; nieces and nephews, Chris, David and Mark Knight and Danny (Tishla) and Jennifer Cruickshank as well as one great-niece and one great-nephew.
Visitation will be held at the Oromocto Funeral Home on Sunday, October 31st, 2010 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.
A funeral service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Lower Jemseg on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 2 pm with The Rev. Lisa Pacarynuk officiating.
Interment will be held in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dan can be made to St. James Anglican Church. (357-5100)
Laurie “Van” Howard Van Iderstine
The death Laurie “Van” Howard Van Iderstine of Fredericton, NB, occurred suddenly on Sunday, October 31st, 2010.
Born in Peters Road, PEI, he was the son of the late Hayden and Elsie (Findley) and the husband of the late Patricia (Graham) Van Iderstine
Laurie "Van" worked as a mechanic for the Canadian Armed Forces and served overseas in Korea.
Upon retiring from the military he worked as a Commissioner for ten years.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
His greatest joy was spending time with family; he will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Survived by his children, Lorraine Wagnies (Joe) of Fredericton, Jim Van Iderstine (Teri) of Fredericton, Terri Whittaker (Melburn) of Tracey and Karl Van Iderstine of Toronto; grandchildren, Jason, Kris (Misako) and Kelly Wagnies, Justin, Zach and Katherine Whittaker, Heather and Ryan Van Iderstine; one great-grandchild, Hannah Wagnies; two brothers, Carl and Roy; one sister, Florence.
Predeceased by his parents; wife, Patricia, one son, Graham; three brothers, Jack, Basil and Arnold.
There will be no visitation by family request.
A memorial service will be held at Oromocto Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 11:00 am with Rev. Ken Weir officiating.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 93 will hold a tribute following the service.
Interment will be Sunny Bank Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Oromocto SPCA.
The death of Gordon Rhindress of Lincoln, NB, occurred at the Oromocto Public Hospital on Friday, November 5th, 2010. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia he was the son of the late Max and Elsie (Wellman) and the husband of the late Doreen Rhindress.
Survived by one son, Brent Rhindress (Kelly) of Geary, NB; two grandchildren, Sean and Kate Rhindress.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Doreen.
There will be no visitation or funeral service by family request.
Interment will be in the Burton Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial tributes in Gordon’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.