Ronald Curtis Piers
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.