Some sad news from Fort McMurray this week
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.