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Ronald A. Gosselin, 82, of Grafton - Community Advocate

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ray Cofsky at his shop, which he operated for 51 years.Ron became part of the fabric of Grafton, the town he adored as he became a fixture in the lives of so many who were fortunate enough to find themselves facing forward in front of him in the chair in his shop.For many years he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and with regard to matters small and large was always invested in what was happening in Grafton. Away from his trade, Ron was easily found fishing in his boat off the shores of Wareham, recently and years back at Naragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where he and his friends would spend treasured hours under the sun.If you saw Ron around town he was either driving a vintage Corvette that he had a passion for, or perhaps a pickup truck that was patched together just well enough to make it roadworthy. A cigar in his mouth became a signature over the years, and if you were lucky enough to know Ron you knew what a good neighbor was. He valued deeds over words but was always there for people that needed him. He raised his children strong and independent in his own image, making sure that before you drove a car of your own you could change a tire or the oil and if you went fishing you knew how to clean the fish when the trip was over.He was an integral part of youth hockey in Grafton, coaching PeeWees, Bantams and also forming leagues where girls would skate and play long before organized girls sports were known in Grafton. A trip to Ron’s barbershop left his customers looking better and, for knowing the man we will remember as “Ron the Barber,” they were better people as well.Please honor Ron with a donation to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.All are welcome to gather with Ron’s family and friends Monday, June 19, from 4-7 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. A remembrance service will be offered for Ron Tuesday, June 20, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. He will then be laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Northbridge.A Book of Memories for Ron to share a photo, memory or story is available online at URL:

Texas paramedic looks back on 41 years in EMS -

Monday, June 19, 2017

EMS at the state level: writing regulations and exam questions, serving on the Governor’s committee – things like that."I just didn’t like practicing law anymore. It’s a high-stress business. I was fortunate to have done well enough not to have to worry about income so I figured, what the hell, I’m going to do what I like to do."Gandy didn’t have to wait long for the right EMS opportunity. "I got a call that same year from the regional guy in the state EMS office. He said Tyler (Junior College) was looking to start a two-year paramedic program, and thought I ought to apply."Well, they picked me, and we built that program into something quite successful. The school still offers an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services Professions. I stayed there until I retired in 2004 and moved to Tucson (Arizona)."Gandy says law school and his 25 years as an attorney taught him much more than the law. "You learn to think critically; how to gather and cull facts, then decide what’s important and what isn’t."One thing that seems to be a problem for EMS people is the difference between a fact and a conclusion. When you read most patient-care reports, they’re filled with unsupportable conclusions. For example, ‘Patient is A&Ox4.’ Well, that means they’re awake and alert to time, place, person and event, but how did you determine that? Lots of times, that awake-and-alert stuff is a conclusion with no basis. A good lawyer would rip that to shreds."What EMS providers think they know about the lawEMS workers often misunderstand legalities, according to Gandy. He cites the law of consent and refusal as an example."We don’t have to worry too much about consent," he says, "because we can treat almost anyone under implied consent if we have to. Where we run into problems is when we either want to refuse a patient or the patient wants to refuse care against our advice."A refusal has some technical parts to it that are seldom taught to EMS students. You have to prove informed refusal, but before you get to that point, you have to prove your patient has the present mental capacity to understand the nature of his condition and the nature of refusal, and has enough mental acuity to make a rational judgment."Gandy says most EMS providers don’t know how to determine whether a patient has present mental capacity. Instead, they focus on mental competence – a legal concept rather than a medical one."Everyone is mentally competent unless they’re declared otherwise by a court. Even if you’re drunk, you may have lost present mental capacity, but that doesn’t mean you’re mentally incompetent. Failure to understand that difference can lead to poor documentation. I’ve seen very few written refusals that would stand up in court."Not the retiring typeGandy wasn’t finished with EMS when he retired from Tyler Junior College in 2004. "I got a call from an instructor I’d hired at Tyler," he says. "She was managing a rural EMS service in West Texas and asked if I’d like to come work for her. I ended up riding for Shackelford County EMS until 2007."Then I went back to Tucson with every intent of sitting by my pool and drinking martinis, but I got a call from a guy at Cochise College (about 80 miles southeast of Tucson). I ended up going down there and teaching for two years in their paramedic program."Today, Gandy works for Percom, an online provider of EMS courses. At 79, he still sees retirement as something others pursue, but he does make time for two of his non-EMS passions. "I’m hooked on mystery novels," he says, "and I’m determined to find the best chile rellenos in southern Arizona."About the authorMike Rubin

Allan Roy Lindvik - La Crosse Tribune

Monday, June 19, 2017

He became a longbow enthusiast, even making his own bows, quivers and arrows with the skill of the artisan he was.He shared and transferred his love of the outdoors to his son, Eric, who unfortunately preceded him in death in 1991. But he achieved his own bit of immortality through the good times he had with his son-in-law, around the bonfire and through his grandsons love of hunting, fishing and endless treks through the countryside.In his later years, it was fishing and fly-tying that gave him enjoyment. If it wasn’t a good day to fish, you were sure to find him at his workbench.Al loved his life. And not even the cruelty of Alzheimer's could steal away his warm smile and gentle spirit.A brief prayer service with military honors will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 23, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Rd., Holmen. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until time of service.

Vail Daily obituary: Megan Elise Dickie, 1981 — 2017 - Vail Daily News

Monday, May 01, 2017

Megan Elise Dickie — our daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, colleague and mentor. Megan was a passionate champion of our earth and a crusader for those less fortunate than she. She touched many lives around the world and we are forever grateful for the time we spent with her, even though tragically short.Megan died suddenly and unexpectedly from a seizure condition March 10, in her home in Denver. She was 35. Megan was the beloved daughter of Dean and Nancy Dickie of Evanston, Illinois and dear sister of Lauren, of Minturn.  She is survived by an aunt and uncle, Judy and William Brennan of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, cousins Sean (Jordana) and Scott Brennan (Emma) of New York City and her special aunt, Kara Heide, of Vail. Megan is also survived by her beloved Ecuadorian dog, Karina.   Megan grew up in Evanston, and attended Evanston Township High School, where she excelled in science and was a member of the soccer and gymnastics teams. After high school, Megan attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2004. While at Cornell, Megan played soccer and was a member of the Cornell Ski Team. Follow

Obituary: Bill Gerrard - La Crosse Tribune

Monday, May 01, 2017

UW-Madison.He was affectionately known in Wisconsin political circles as Uncle Billy. He was a deal-maker, but also always a champion for those less fortunate. He was a cherished father and grandfather, filled with funny expressions and always asked “what can I do for you,” and really meant it.To his children, grandchildren, and friends, he was larger than life; the last of a great generation. He was a generous and gracious gentleman.He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Merrylyn (Murphy) Gerrard; his wife, Anna Nancy Hyde Gerrard; and his son, Michael William Gerrard Jr.He is survived by his sister, Ann (Gerrard) Harmon; his children, Mary Ann, Nancy (Rick Staff), Paul, Kate, and Peter Gerrard; grandchildren, Gretchen Gerrard, Avery, Will, and Fritz Scheuch, Erin and Anna Smith, Alex, Grace, and Olivia Gerrard, Laura, Lucas and Giana Gerrard.If you would like to make a contribution in Bill’s name, contributions can be sent to: JDRF-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (granddaughter affected); The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (granddaughter affected); The Autism Foundation (grandson affected).The Gerrard family would like to give special thanks to Bernice Frisch, his incredible Madison support; his wonderful nurse, Tami Benson; caregivers, Margaret O’Meara and Steve Scheuch; and CNAs Christy and Jen. And a big shout out to all the students and staff at La Crosse Exercise and Health Program at UW-L.Services for Bill will be held beginning with eulogies by special friends at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, all at the Roncalli Newman Center, 1732 State St., La Crosse. The Rev. Billy Dodge and the Rev. Robert J. Cook will con-celebrate. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crosse, 200 West Ave. S., and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Arkansas family highlights 'demon and disease' of addiction in son's obituary - THV 11

Monday, May 01, 2017

He was figuring out what he wanted to do in this life and was working on a business degree at Pulaski Tech. He was looking forward to our next ski trip (he loved snowboarding).Unfortunately, relapse rates with opioids are extremely high and deadly. That addiction, along with depression, was more than he could overcome. Understand, this addiction is NOT who Nicholas was, but it is a disease that people need to know about and fight. He was our son, grandson, brother, and our life – and he mattered.Instead of an ambiguous “died suddenly at home” we opted for openness by honestly saying “died of an accidental overdose” in order to publicly expose the demon and disease of addiction that will continue to hit so many families.I struggle with understanding God’s purpose in the death of my beautiful son, but maybe if even one person is positively affected by his story then this unbearable loss will make more sense.See Nicholas' full obituary here.© 2017 KTHV-TV

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Obituary — June 14, 2017 - Sequim Gazette

Monday, June 19, 2017

Richard moved to Sequim Washington in April 2007, partly as the result of an ill fated attempt to reside in Victoria, B.C., where the Canadian Immigration authorities rejected them. It was a “very fortunate” episode because they discovered Sequim. The warm and wonderful reception and hospitality that they experienced at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church played a large part in their decision to make Sequim their home. They purchased a house built in 1976 in the beautiful Sunland Community, and Carolyn lovingly remodeled and redecorated it into their “perfect home.”Carolyn Marie was a truly generous and loving person and a fervent practicing Christian. Among her activities and accomplishments was participating as a server in Christian soup kitchens in Seattle and Wisconsin, functioning as a foster parent, being a coordinating member of the Square Dance community of the Olympic Peninsula; and she was also an avid supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, the Habitat for Humanity, the Sequim Food Bank, and the Community Foundation of Sequim Dungeness Valley.Carolyn functioned as the Chairperson of the Sunland Golf and Country Club’s Social Committee for two years. She was a member of NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness), and a major contributor to the Clallam County VeteranÕs Standdowns. She was an involved member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and along with a group of other dedicated women in the church, they produced well over a thousand prayer quilts for wounded military veterans across Washington state; as well as, prayer quilts for ill members of the church and their families, neighbors, and friends.Carolyn always had a warm smile, a kind word, and a caring heart and hand for everyone that she encountered. She will forever be cherished and loved by those she left behind. Besides her devoted husband, Richard, she is survived by her brother Gary Riese and his wife Michel of Parrish, Florida; her sister Janice Dierdorff and her husband Terry of Olympia, Washington, also by her four children: Mark Maciejewski and his wife Donna of Issaquah, Washington, John-Paul Maciejewski and his wife Rochelle of Tampa, Florida; Teresa Rose Schultz and her husband Ryan of Wassau, Wisconsin; and Michael of Iola, Wisconsin; and a total of 5 grandchildren. As well, by her step-daughter, Karie Hempel and her husband Brian Bump; and her step-son Greg Hempel and his wife Rochelle Gurusinghe.In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave, in Sequim, Washington on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 4 p.m. Her earthly remains will be interred in the Church Columbium. Carolyn’s beautiful soul has moved on to the joy of eternal life with her Savior, Jesus Christ, with God the Father, and with the heavenly host of Saints and Angels.Don MonsonDonald Edward Monson, age 93, died June 5, 2017 at the Washington VeteranÕs Home in Port Orchard, WA.A native of Fargo, ND, Don was the son of Gustaf and Tillie (Wiese) Monson.Don graduated Fargo Central High School in 1942 and enlisted in the US Army in 1943. He served as a gunner in the Army Air Force in an A-20 attack aircraft. He was assigned to duty in New Guinea and the Philippines and barel

Shane M. Klay, 46 - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Monday, June 19, 2017

Duane and Donna (Sammons) Klay, was born Feb. 25, 1971, in Luverne, Minn.Shane was united in marriage with Michelle Bradwisch on Nov. 9, 2001, in Sioux Falls.Shane was loved by all who were fortunate enough to be in his life. He was a loving son, father, husband, uncle and "Papa.” There was nothing Shane couldn't fix; he was a master of all trades. He loved gardening and playing with his grandchildren. He recently had undertaken the task of fixing up an old farmhouse he and his wife Michelle had purchased near Colton. Shane gave everything and asked nothing in return.Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Michelle Klay, Colton; two daughters, Nicole Leinen, Marshall, Minn., and Brittany Dufour and her husband, Brandon, Nisswa, Minn; two grandchildren, Bentley and Brynlee Dufour; three step-children, Ashley Arambula and her husband, Christian, Sioux Falls, Chelsea Isaacson, Sioux Falls, Joshua Isaacson and Chandler Zweygart, Sioux Falls; five step-grandchildren, Maleia Jensen, Bently Arambula, Julian Mazan, Daven Isaacson, Stoklie Zweygart; his father, Duane Klay and his wife, Sheri Padgett, Brandon; his mother, Donna Rank and her husband, Mike, Knoxville, Iowa; his grandmother, LillyAnn Sammons, Luverne, Minn.; two siblings, Josh Klay and his wife, Dana, Magnolia, Minn., Heather Vacura and her husband, Dan, Bloomington, Minn.; three step-siblings, Jo Davis, Brandon, Amanda Deilke, Brandon, Colton Padgett, Brandon; and many other rela

Gail Healy Kemp - Mysanfordherald

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gail Healy Kemp received her wings on Thursday, May 11, 2017 after a valiant battle against pulmonary fibrosis. Having fought the battle with every ounce of passion and energy, Gail was the fortunate recipient of 2 lung transplants due to the unselfish acts of anonymous families that she never knew. For these most unselfish gifts, she and her family are, and will forever be, eternally grateful for the 11 extra years they got to spend together.Growing up in Smithtown, New York, Gail moved to Florida in 1988 where she met her husband shortly after arrival Working in both New York and Florida for various travel agencies and an airline, Gail made the career shift to the job she had dreamed of her entire life, becoming a mother. This happened upon the birth of her first son in 1993 and a second son in 1997. Being a mother to her two boys was the greatest and most rewarding profession she could ever imagine and she embraced the “gift” of motherhood like no other. Whether assisting with homework, giving hugs and kisses out like candy, or being politically correct when the Baltimore Ravens played the New England Patriots (her son’s two favorite teams), Gail loved the career of “m

Crabby Floyd: A hard worker with a quick wit - The Laker/Lutz News

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I can say that I never, ever, ever heard him complain about his job,” Ortiz said.“He enjoyed life,” said Lorraine DeForest, Crabby Floyd’s wife of 42 years. “He always considered himself so fortunate because he worked at a job that he loved.”DeForest was widely known as a crabber.“Everybody knew what he did,” Ortiz said. “People would come up and knock on his door and ask for crab.”Often, DeForest would stop and chat with Ortiz, as he headed out to work or on his way home.“He was a very outgoing, jovial guy. He always had a joke for you,” Ortiz said. “He was very quick-witted. Very bright, too. He stayed up on politics.”DeForest had plenty of opinions and was always ready to share them.“You knew where Floyd stood,” Ortiz said.He also was involved in the community.He was on the boards for both Land O’ Lakes Police Athletic League football and the Land O’ Lakes Little League and volunteered for the Land O’ Lakes High School Girls’ Softball team.“We became friends when we coached football together,” said Cary Williams, noting that was 22 years ago.The men and their families became close, sharing holidays together.Williams and DeForest used to fish and hunt together, too.DeForest was the kind of person who would go out in the middle of the night to help someone who was out on the water having boat problems, Williams said.“He was the type of guy you could count on,” Williams said.“He was a very conservative man,” Williams added, and he was politically involved.“He would take the time to call state, federal and local politicians and them his opinion,” Williams said.Chris Carollo, who owns Shadow Solutions Firearms in Lutz, said DeForest used to come hang out at his gun shop to shoot the breeze with other patrons.“He loved to tell old stories,” Carollo said.He also was very helpful.In fact, when Carollo was getting ready to open his business, DeForest pitched in to help paint the walls.Friends honored DeForest in posts in an electronic guestbook created by Loyless Funeral Home. They praised DeForest’s work ethic, his devotion to family and his coaching.One post also mentions his contribution to providing “tasty memories” for thousands of families.Besides his wife, Lorraine, DeForest is survived by his son, Floyd R.; his daughter, Candace; his mother, Elba; his brother, Rick and his wife, Loretta; nephews, a great niece and other family members and friends.Ortiz said DeForest is the kind of man who deserved to be remembered.“There are people out there that do things every day, and they don’t go out looking for credit, and they don’t go looking for accolades. That’s just them. That’s the ki