Death of Retired NRPS Civilian Member – Annette Anita Murray

Annette Anita Murray – Ms. Murray passed away on April 16, 2021 at the St. Catharines Hospital after a brief illness.

Ms. Murray was a Civilian Service member who commenced her career with the Niagara Regional Police Service in 1986.  During her tenure with the Service, she was assigned as a Reader in the Records Unit.  After a 14 year career, Ms. Murray retired from the Service in 1998.

As per Ms. Murray’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service.

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst.) Wayne Eckhart

ECKHART, Wayne Morris Passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the age of 76. He is now reunited with his beloved wife Karen Eckhart. Loving father of Susan Kutvonen (Mark). Cherished son of Isabel and the late Harry Eckhart. Dear brother of Maureen Oprzedek (late Walter), and the late Norman Eckhart. Brother-in-law of Lester Burden (Debbie), Myrna Eddy, Bill Burden (Edna), and the late Shirley McDonaugh (late Murray). Wayne will be missed and fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Wayne proudly served in our Armed Forces in RCEME for almost 4 years. He was very proud of his 30 year career with the Niagara Regional Police. Dad planned on going fishing on opening day for Walleye “Pickerel”, however they are safe from him now. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque or online) to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. East 705-759-2522). Please visit the Arthur Funeral Home website obituaries to leave memories and condolences or share any photos you may have as a keepsake for the family.

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Sgt) Donald Hughes

d-hughesDied peacefully at Albright Manor in the early hours of Thursday April 15, 2021. He was the loving husband of Eleanor (Morris) for over 72 years. He was predeceased by by their first born Diana Lynn. Don was the dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather of son Rick, daughter-in-law Janie and their family, Becki and Igor Gutman, (Bennett, Elyse and Ivy); Carli and Patrick Scott (Alex and Liana) and Dr. James Hughes and Dr. Matea Drljepan (Edmund) and daughter Debbie, son-in-law Chuck Havill and their children Blake and Aubin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ellen (Green) Hughes, his siblings Harold, Jessie Gurr, Jack, Bill, Jean Simpson, Edie Shaver, Vera VanAlstine, Ann Crockford and their spouses and in-laws Marjorie and Gilbert Walker and Isobel Forde. He is survived by his brother-in-law Harvey Forde and many nieces and nephews. Don was born on the family farm in Port Sydney, Ontario on July 15, 1926.

He was never afraid of hard work and following a number of different jobs, he found his calling and became a proud police officer for 30 years beginning his career in Crowland, then the City of Welland and following amalgamation, the Niagara Regional Police Force serving in Welland, St. Catharines, Port Colborne and Grimsby. He could fix almost anything. After retirement he enjoyed repairing small engines and shared that love when he taught small engine repair for a number of years at night school for the District School Board of Niagara. Don loved to tell stories from the past to anyone who would listen. We will miss his sense of humour and his enjoyment of a good joke.

Old age can be tough, and we are especially grateful to Kasha, Collette, Gwenn, Christine and Care Partners for helping Don and Eleanor to stay in their home until recently when Don’s health deteriorated. Thank you also to the Staff of Albright Manor for their caring and kindness during these past few COVID – plagued months. As per Don’s wishes there will be a private graveside service. Don supported the Fonthill United Church, The Salvation Army and the Welland and Princess Margaret Hospitals. He would be honoured by memorial gifts in his name. Whenever we miss you we will just look in our hearts and there you will be.

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PPAO – FYI – FOCUS UPDATE: Getting a COVID-19 vaccine won’t affect plan members’ benefits

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Below you will find information being provided by SunLife Client Relations Representative, Patricia Pucci regarding false and misleading information being passed around through social media regarding Covid Vaccinations.

Please be sure to click on the “News Release” link for a detailed explanation.

Wishing you all well and please stay safe,


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (S/Supt) James Moody Sr.

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Thursday March 18, 2021 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of 65 years to Ethel (Marazzo) Moody. He will be especially missed by his loving daughter Debby Willms and her husband Wally. He also leaves behind his sons Dan and Jim Moody and his daughters-in-law Moira and Anne. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Lindsey (Andrew), Jennifer (Anthony), Kimberly (Paolo), Leo (Elizabeth), Megan and Jakob and by his five great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Gwen Jones and Michael Moody. Predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. Jim retired as a Staff Superintendent after a long and distinguished career in policing, having served the citizens of Niagara Falls for 38 years. Cremation has taken place. Respecting the government restrictions of COVID-19, including the requirement of pre-booked appointments (by calling 905-358-3513 between 9 am and 5 pm), friends are invited to call at the PATTERSON FUNERAL HOME, 6062 Main St. Niagara Falls visiting Wednesday March 24th from 1-4 p.m. A private Funeral Service in celebration of his life will follow with interment at a later date in Fairview Cemetery. In memory of Jim donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Steve Ludzik Foundation or Tender Wishes would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences at

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst) John Brkljacic

With profound sadness, the family of John Brkljacic announce his passing at the Welland Hospital on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at the age of 85. John is reunited with his wife Anita who passed in 2013. Cherished father of Sandy Henderson and Lynn Sacco (Remo). Remembered with love by his grandchildren Jaime, Cory (Tisha) and Mathew, and great-grandchildren Makayla and Jackson. Also missed by his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his infant son Paul, parents John Sr. and Milka and son-in-law Charlie Henderson. John was a police officer and served the community for many years before retiring from Niagara Regional Police Service in 1989. A private family service was held at J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence, 19 Young Street, Welland on Saturday morning before John was laid to rest in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Women’s Place of South Niagara, P.O. Box 184, Welland ON L3B 5P4

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst) Ray Seebach

It is with broken hearts that we say goodbye to a wonderful husband, son, father and grand-father. Ray Paul Seebach of Fort Erie passed away on March 11th 2021 at the age of 67. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 38 years Brenda, his mother Anne, his children Christine (Jason) and Rob, his step-children Renee (John) and Adam, his grandchildren Kaidan, Brandon, Amber, Hannah and Zach, his step-grandchildren Nolan, Makayla and Gavin and his brother and sister in-law Bruce and Wendy. He will also be missed by other family members and friends.

He was a great husband, avid golfer and baseball player and spent 31 years serving with the Niagara Regional Police Force.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and arrangements are entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre. Due to COVID-19, a private family gathering will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada.

To plant a tree in memory of Ray Seebach, please visit Tribute Store

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OMERS 2020 Annual Results

A Message from OMERS President and CEO, Blake Hutcheson

…The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted our portfolio in 2020, particularly our business- and consumer-facing investments, contributing to an investment return net of expenses of -2.7% for the year. Widespread lockdowns in investments that included retail properties, and the transportation and entertainment sectors explain more than half of our shortfall to our benchmark in 2020.

“We are a long-term investor that pays pensions over decades, and with a strong team and strategy in place, this single year will not define us,” said Blake Hutcheson, OMERS President and CEO….continued


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