Woman found in Edmonton house blast honoured
The woman whose body was recovered from the wreckage of a massive house explosion in north Edmonton earlier this month was remembered Tuesday by family and co-workers for her dedication to her job and her love of the city she called home.
About 100 people packed Shiloh Baptist Church to say goodbye to Jeanne Cathleen (Cathie) Heard, 47, who was found dead after the June 20 explosion that rocked the Lago Lindo neighbourhood and damaged as many as 40 homes.
Her father George Robinson took the podium first, telling the mourners about his daughter's love for life and her love for Edmonton.
One of Heard's children also spoke at the service, talking about her mother's creativity and how dedicated she was to the people she cared about.
Co-workers at the University of Alberta Hospital where Heard worked as a lab assistant reminisced about how she always put patients first — many of them even requesting her, because of the way she treated them.
Heard's death was ruled a homicide but investigators have not yet determined how she died.
Sources told CBC News that a woman's body was found bound and wrapped at the scene.
Memorial services continue
The two men who lived next door to the blast site, Craig Huber, 29, and Brad Winter, 26, also died in the explosion. Their deaths were ruled homicides as well.
Dwayne Richard Poirier, 46, also lived with Heard in the house that exploded. His death has been ruled non-criminal.
Huber was remembered at a memorial service at the McClure United Church on Monday.
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees announced on its website Tuesday it had set up a trust fund for Heard's children.
Donations can be made to the Heard trust fund at any Alberta Treasury Branch.
Winter's service is set for Wednesday.
Police have yet to determine the cause of the explosion, but said they are not looking for any suspects.