Car­bon­ear fu­neral home hit by van­dals

Win­dows bro­ken, door dam­aged at well-known busi­ness

The Compass - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents of the Town of Car­bon­ear were shocked to hear a well-es­tab­lished fam­ily busi­ness in the town had been van­dal­ized.

Slades Fu­neral Home on Pow­ell Drive will be re­plac­ing two win­dows and in­stalling new steel dou­ble doors af­ter uniden­ti­fied van­dals threw two large rocks at the busi­ness and tried to break down the door be­tween 5 p.m. July 10 and 7 a.m. July 11.

The busi­ness has been op­er­at­ing in the town for 20 years and is run by Ned and El­iz­a­beth Slade and their two daugh­ters —Katie and Krista — who are all fu­neral di­rec­tors and em­balmers. They have a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Bay Roberts that opened in 2006 and a third in Up­per Is­land Cove that opened last year.

An of­fi­cer with the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP in­ves­ti­gated the scene and con­firmed the dam­age.

Katie’s hus­band An­drew Ryan had been the first to see the dam­age while driv­ing by the build­ing and im­me­di­ately alerted the fam­ily.

Krista said the fam­ily was shocked and up­set when they ar­rived at the fu­neral home.

She said the rocks they found were the size of soft­balls and one pen­e­trated through the dou­ble pane glass on the far left win­dow of the busi­ness. Both win­dows were on the north side of the build­ing.

“The rocks ob­vi­ously weren’t from around here,” she said, ref­er­enc­ing the red crushed stone that sur­rounded the build­ing. “Some­one had to bring them here.”

The win­dows that were dam­aged were to the show­room where cas­kets are kept and, Katie con­firmed, a large rock was thrown with so much force it “by­passed three cas­kets.”

She also con­firmed they had also had sev­eral win­dows bro­ken more than five years ago, but the per­pe­tra­tor was caught.

In­sen­si­tive de­struc­tion

The Slade’s are a very well known fam­ily in the area. Ned was a for­mer Deputy Mayor in the town and El­iz­a­beth works at the post of­fice. All four of their chil­dren — they also have two sons, Keith and Ken­neth — used to work at the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool while in high school. Most res­i­dents in the town rec­og­nize them every­where they go.

Krista ad­mit­ted the fam­ily has been ques­tion­ing if they were tar­geted or if it was a ran­dom act.

“It’s the first thing that we asked our­selves is if we had of­fended any­body,” she said.

Katie said she has no idea who could have com­mit­ted this in­sen­si­tive act, and could not think of a mo­tive.

Both Krista and Katie were re­lieved there was no one wak­ing dur­ing the in­ci­dent and Krista shook her head think­ing about what would have hap­pened if there had been a fu­neral that morn­ing.

Some lo­cals have ques­tioned why it would hap­pen to a fam­ily that helps peo­ple most in their time of need af­ter a loved one passes on.

RCMP of­fi­cials are call­ing it “mis­chief of prop­erty” and stated they do not be­lieve it was an at­tempted break and en­ter.

“It’s just odd that who­ever did this just caused the dam­age,” Krista said. “They didn’t even gain ac­cess to the build­ing.”

She shrugged as she said, “What could they take, a cas­ket?”

Katie con­firmed the door had been kicked open but had held be­cause of the dead­bolt. There was still a vis­i­ble foot­print above the door han­dle Thurs­day evening.

Po­lice are look­ing for leads and are ask­ing the pub­lic for as­sis­tance. Any in­for­ma­tion can be re­ported to 596-5014.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

A large soft­ball-sized rock was thrown through this win­dow at Slades Fu­neral Home in Car­bon­ear last week. The rock was thrown with such force it landed past three cas­kets in­side the show­room.

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