Some sad news from Fort McMur­ray this week

Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY - Verna Mur­phy Verna Mur­phy is a for­mer res­i­dent of Port Hawkes­bury. Her col­umn ap­pears weekly in the Cape Bre­ton Post along with her blog at wwwcb­ She can be reached at: mack­dale@hot­

Lots of bits and pieces from Fort McMur­ray this week, and so much sad­ness sur­round­ing this week. First of all, a lady by the name of Kim Brown Karklin went miss­ing last week not too far from our home. And on Satur­day her body was found, and the com­mu­nity is in shock. Kim grew up in ru­ral New­found­land, and worked at Sun­cor out here. Every­one that knew her is say­ing that she was a com­plete doll of a per­son, kind and funny, and every­one is just so shocked that some­thing like this can hap­pen to some­one so nice.

The po­lice are not re­veal­ing any­thing yet, which is mak­ing peo­ple even more ner­vous. Many women are hav­ing the con­ver­sa­tions at the rinks and the gro­cery stores about the tragedy, and every­one is more than a lit­tle ner­vous about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing her death. Peo­ple want to know if this was a ran­dom killing and if they should be con­cerned about their own safety.

Hope­fully Kim’s fam­ily will take some com­fort in the fact that there has been out­pour­ing of con­cern, grief and sad­ness about her death — she was cared for a great deal and, by all ac­counts, she will be greatly missed.

And I had sad news from home this week — Regina Don­ahue, a lady that I ac­tu­ally met through this col­umn, passed away. It started with her send­ing me a few emails, and then when our baby girl was sick last year she emailed me al­most ev­ery day to ask how we were do­ing down in Ed­mon­ton, and to let me know she was think­ing about us. And then the phone calls started, and even though we had a pretty big age dif­fer­ence, we seemed to have many of the same out­looks on life. And my God, how she loved talk­ing about her chil­dren and what they were do­ing, and how they were do­ing and how proud she was of all of them.

I some­times won­der why some peo­ple come into my life, and I was lucky to have Regina for over a year. I think she gave me di­rec­tion about be­ing a foster mother since she had lots of life ex­pe­ri­ence to share with me, and she re­minded me that you can have won­der­ful con­nec­tions with peo­ple no mat­ter how dif­fer­ent you think you may be in the beginning. She also kept me up on all the news at home, and the scores of the Scream­ing Ea­gles games. I will miss your emails and calls Regina, and my heart­felt sym­pa­thy goes out to her fam­ily, as I am sure they will miss their won­der­ful mother.

To end on a much lighter note, I want to send out a spe­cial happy birth­day to Dr. Bernie MacLean in In­ver­ness, who is turn­ing 75 this month. Like so many in In­ver­ness County, Dr. Bernie brought me into this life and 19 years af­ter do­ing that, he saved my life by be­ing so sharp when I needed him to be — he di­ag­nosed me and had me off to Hal­i­fax all in a day when I de­vel­oped aplas­tic ane­mia. I can’t be­lieve he is now 75, and still serv­ing the lucky pa­tients that go to see him. But if there was ever a man that de­served to re­tire and en­joy it, it would be Dr. Bernie But my God, what will hap­pen when he de­cides to do just that? Have a won­der­ful birth­day, and thank you from so many peo­ple who you have treated, birthed, and di­ag­nosed over the years — you have made a tremendous im­pact on so many lives.

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