Ronald Cur­tis Piers

Sackville Tribune - - RELIGION/COMMUNITY -

Au­gust 20, 1950-June 10, 2017 It is with deep sad­ness that we must an­nounce the sud­den pass­ing of Ron Piers on Satur­day, June 10, 2017, at the age of 66.

Born on Au­gust 20, 1950 in Hamp­ton, N.B., he was the son of the late Leonard and Doris (John­ston) Piers.

Ron drove trac­tor trail­ers for many years for var­i­ous com­pa­nies, drove taxi for Sackville Cab for a few years and was a huge fan of Nas­car.

Ron will be lov­ingly re­mem­bered by his wife of 34 years, Jackie (Bourque) Piers; his son, Dan; his daugh­ter, Ni­cole; his grand­son, Zachary and his grand­daugh­ter, Elisha King (Matt). Ron was a fam­ily man and re­ally loved his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by his sis­ter, Joyce (Tommy) Cur­ran; his moth­erin-law, Stephanie Bourque, as well as by many nieces and neph­ews.

Be­sides his par­ents, he was pre-de­ceased by his son, Gary Bourque; his broth­ers, Doug (Phyl­lis) and Bob (Lor­raine), as well as by three in­fant broth­ers, in­clud­ing his twin, Roland.

The fam­ily would like to thank Ex­tra­mu­ral and all of the oth­ers who came to his home and of­fered their pro­fes­sional help. A spe­cial thank you to Dr. Milne for all of the care she gave Ron over the years.

Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Camp­bell’s Fu­neral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville, N.B. (506) 364-8188. In keep­ing with Ron’s wishes, cre­ma­tion has taken place. A re­cep­tion and time for fam­ily and friends to share mem­o­ries of Ron will be held at Camp­bell’s Fu­neral Home on Satur­day, June 17, 2017 from 2-4 pm. The burial will take place at a later date, in the Sackville Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in mem­ory of Ron may be made to the SPCA, which will honor his love of all an­i­mals, or to the char­ity of one’s choice. On line con­do­lences & shar­ing of mem­o­ries may be for­warded to the fam­ily through our web­site www.camp­bells­fu­ner­al­home. com or by vis­it­ing the fu­neral home Face­book page.

Any­one who vis­its the Drew Nurs­ing Home would cer­tainly see how much its res­i­dents love to sit out­side at the front en­trance dur­ing the sum­mer months.

For that rea­son, a por­tion of the money from a re­cent fundrais­ing cam­paign hosted by Rose’s – Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer in Sackville has been used to pur­chase new chairs and benches for out­side, which res­i­dents are al­ready en­joy­ing.

A sec­ond pro­ject that will also use funds gen­er­ated from this cam­paign will be used to “re­fresh” one of the two avail­able re­lief care rooms to help make the room just a lit­tle more like home.

The Re­lief Care Bed Pro­gram pro­vides re­lief for fam­i­lies and other pri­mary care­givers who care for de­pen­dent per­sons in their homes.

There are two re­lief care beds avail­able at the Drew, which pro­vide tem­po­rary care for a loved one if they or an­other pri­mary care­giver are un­able to as­sist them in their own home for a pe­riod of time. Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the nurs­ing home can be ac­cessed for spec­i­fied pe­ri­ods of time, up to 30 days, following which the de­pen­dent in­di­vid­ual re­turns to their for­mer liv­ing ar­range­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this ser­vice and to make ap­pli­ca­tion for the Re­lief Care Bed Pro­gram, con­tact Mary Gre­goire, direc­tor of care ser­vices, at 506364-4900 or by email at dcs@ drewnurs­inghome.ca.

Ruth An­der­son of Sackville says of she and her fam­ily re­cently ben­e­fit­ted greatly from the re­lief care room.

“A year ago when our fam­ily re­al­ized that it was im­pos­si­ble to con­tinue car­ing for my hus­band at home, we started look­ing for al­ter­na­tives,” An­der­son said. “At that time we learned about the re­spite beds at the Drew. These beds could be booked for one week or up to a month to pro­vide care for the per­son and a time of rest for care givers and fam­ily.

“We were able to book a room for a month, which gave us time to re­flect, and to make plans for long-term care. I be­lieve we were able to make bet­ter de­ci­sions with less stress be­cause we were able to use this ser­vice pro­vided by the Drew Nurs­ing Home.”

Mar­ion Holder, an­other Sackville res­i­dent who uti­lized the ser­vice, says, “I de­vel­oped a vi­cious in­fec­tion in my heel. When the hospi­tal had pro­vided all the care they could, I needed to look else­where for care. My fam­ily lives too far away to give daily help so I went to the Drew in their re­lief care bed. It was amaz­ing. Staff pro­vided help with per­sonal care, meals, mo­bil­ity and en­ter­tain­ment. I was able to rest and heal from all the trauma I had un­der­gone. Af­ter three weeks there, I was able to re­turn to my home and grad­u­ally get back into life. I can­not say enough about this amaz­ing ser­vice. They helped save my life and my san­ity.”

Mem­bers of the Drew Foun­da­tion and the man­age­ment and staff of the Drew Nurs­ing Home say they are very grate­ful to the cit­i­zens of Sackville for their gen­eros­ity and to Andy and Rox­anne Rose and their staff for help­ing to make this fundrais­ing cam­paign a suc­cess. Andy and Rox­anne Rose from Rose’s – Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer, present a cheque to Linda Shan­non, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Drew Nurs­ing Home, on be­half of the Drew Foun­da­tion, for the gen­er­ous fundrais­ing cam­paign con­ducted at the store in March. All funds ($5,021.25) were raised here in the com­mu­nity. The funds will be split be­tween two im­por­tant pro­grams at The Drew.

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