In Memoriam

John B. “Jack” Creeden

John B. “Jack” Creeden

John B. “Jack” Creeden, 87, of Peabody, Massachusetts, died Monday, Oct. 27 at the Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Cavanaugh) Creeden with whom he shared over 63 years of marriage.

Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late Bernard and Catherine (Dever) Creeden. He was raised and educated in Medford and has spent the last 50 years living in Peabody. After high school, Jack enlisted with the United States Navy and served during World War II and was honorably discharged in August of 1946. He served an additional eight years in the Navy Reserves until August 1954.

Jack received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and graduate work at the University of Kentucky.

Jack was employed for more than 30 years as a civil engineer for Liberty Mutual, and he also served for more than 25 years on the Planning Board for the City of Peabody.

He was an active community member and a faithful and active communicant and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Adelaide’s Church. He was an avid reader and loved history.

Besides his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by his son, Robert Creeden, of Salisbury; his two daughters, Mary Creeden of Middlesex, Vermont, and Kathleen Kimmel of Boulder, Colorado; his two sisters, Arlene Eldridge of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Eleanor Calder of Burlington, and is also survived by his five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Dennis Creeden and brother, Eugene Creeden.

His funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody followed by his funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Adelaide’s Church, Lowell St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Oak Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960. For directions and online obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.

Ashiq Ali

Ashiq Ali passed away Aug. 24, 2014. He was born on July 25, 1956, in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan. He acquired his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology from University of Karachi in 1982 and 1983. 

Ashiq initially joined Frontier Works Organization as geologist in October 1984 and continued until July 1993. He acquired experience in tunneling, surface and sub surface controlled blasting and soil mechanics.

He joined Biafo Industries Ltd. as engineer technical services in 1993 and became an active and important member of the technical services department providing technical services to company's clients all over Pakistan in cement and quarry sites; tunneling; oil exploration; and mass surface blasting industries. He was a very hard working and honest professional and continued contributing tremendously in the uplift and progress of his company. 

He fell sick in 2011 and fought for 3 years against his unknown decease until his passing in 2014.

He will be remembered and missed as a competent professional by his company as well as all his colleagues. May his soul rest in peace and harmony.

Ruth Ziolkowski

Ruth Ziolkowski, long-time inspirational leader of Crazy Horse Memorial, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 21 with members of her family at her side.

Ruth Ross was born on June 26, 1926, in Hartford, Conn. She grew up in West Hartford, Conn., where she first met the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski. She came to the Black Hills of South Dakota in June 1947 to help Korczak create a memorial to honor the North American Indian.

Ruth and Korczak married on Thanksgiving 1950. Together they had 10 children, many of whom have made the Crazy Horse dream their life’s work. Ruth served as the chief executive officer of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation since her husband’s passing on Oct. 20, 1982. Ruth was preceded in death by Korczak and their daughter Anne, who passed away on May 6, 2011.

With foresight and vision, Ruth had worked with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board of Directors in preparing for succession of leadership. A three-member executive management team is in place to lead the continued growth and development of the nonprofit foundation.

There will be a public viewing at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 26 in the studio of the original log home built by Ruth and her sculptor husband Korczak in 1948. Admission fees will be waived during this time. The home is open year round to visitors of the Memorial and contains art, antiques and heirlooms. 

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27 at the memorial. Guests are encouraged to come early. Services are open to friends and the public and admission fees will be waived  from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the event.

For more information, visit the Crazy Horse Memorial website.

Stephen Donald McIsaac

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Stephen Donald McIsaac, within the comfort of his home, on May 15, 2014. Born in Moncton, he was the first of five children and only son of the late Donald and Georgie McIsaac. 

Stephen was employed, with great pride, with Modern Construction for 37 years. He was founder and past president of Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue; past president of the ISEE Atlantic Chapter; past president of the Canadian Explosive Association; Provincial NB Blasting instructor and examiner; Provincial Member of Blaster Advisor Board; past hunter safety instructor; Provincial NB Licensed Guide; explosive training instructor for Safety Inspectors for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Stephen loved helping others and teaching them the skills of hunting. Being in the woods brought him great peace to his mind, body and soul. 

He worked extremely hard all his life to provide for his family and friends. He would never hesitate to drop everything to help someone out. For those who have had the opportunity to truly know him and cherish him, knew he was a man of honor and principle, who lived his life on his own terms, but deep down he was just a teddy bear. He will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family and friends and his occasional visit with the “Captain.” 

Stephen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Deborah McIsaac; and his precious daughters, Christine and Jenilee McIsaac (Chad Steeves) of Moncton. He especially loved his grand dog, Piper, who was always overjoyed to see Grampa; four devoted sisters, Doreen Carde (Ed) of Stratford, Ontario; Monica Symes (Mervin) of Shediac; Donna Willis (David) of Surrey, British Columbia; and Patricia Hocking (Jeff) of Ajax, Ontario. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law and many, many friends. 

The family extends a sincere thank you to Dr. Assi, Dr. Haché, Dr. Salloum and all the nurses for the unconditional care that he received during his 28 months of treatment. 

In Stephen’s memory, donations to Ducks Unlimited or a memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.fergusonsfuneralhome.com.

Bill Woodside

Bill was born on May 7, 1941, and became the adopted son to the most loving parents of William and Burnes Woodside. The family lived in Mission, Kan., where Bill attended St. Agnes Grade School.

In the early 1950s, the family moved to Platte Woods, Mo., where in 1959, Bill graduated from Park Hill High School. He was an active student, becoming class president his sophomore and junior years. Bill was very involved in student council, varsity club and was an exceptional football player and track star.

After attending a year at University of Missouri, he established his own Woodside Construction Co. in Riverside, Mo., which he operated until 1986. He then joined Damon Pursell Constr., Co., where he served as vice president.

He was a past board member of the Heavy Contractors of K.C. Bill was a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers, being honored by receiving the President’s Award for outstanding service to the ISEE. He was also a former president of the Heartland Chapter of ISEE.

Bill Woodside has passed away.
Husband, son, father, brother, uncle.
Dozer hand, Blade hand, loader and hoe.
Bossman, dirt man, tractor man, blaster.
It’s not so much what we are, but who.
As Bill would say, “What’s it boil down to?”

If you worked with him, he’d get in as deep and have as much dirt, grease and knuckles busted as anyone. If you worked for him, you would want to make him proud of you and he would let you know when you did.

If you made a mistake, he would probably let it go quicker than you would. If you broke something, he would help you make it right. If he made a mistake, he was the first to admit it. He could say “I was wrong.” And if he owed you an apology, you got paid. In fact, if he owed you anything, you've been paid.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  Visitation will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to mass. Memorial contributions are suggested to Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz, 2115 Maturana Drive Liberty, MO 64068. The final arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Memories of Bill and condolences may be left online at Meyers Funeral Chapel.