Obituaries March 15,2024

Joyce Moore

March 14,2024, we would have been celebrating the 94th birthday of Joyce Moore. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce Moore, on February 12,2024 in Lasalle, Qc at the age of 93.

She leaves behind her only child Desmond Moore, her only grandchild Michael Barnett (Tara Berry-Barnett), her great grand daughter Jayla, great grandson Mikey, her nieces,nephews and many friends.

Joyce loved her family unconditionally. Her vibrant spirit, generosity and enduring love will be remembered by all who knew her.


Barbara Jean Thomas

Barbara Thom

as transitioned peacefully at her home, in Atlanta Georgia on January 21, 2024 with her family by her side. Born in Montreal on March 26, 1930, she was the beloved daughter of the
late Harold and Carl

etta Thomas. Barbara is survived by her son, Kwaku Delaney and her brother Wayne (Laurie) and sister Linda (Robert), as well as a host of many nephews, nieces and friends. She was predeceased by her siblings, Richard, Jacqueline, Ronald, and Beverley. Passionate about acting, Barbara became known as Dietrah and studied drama with Eleanor Stuart while in Montreal. Her first stage appearance was with the Negro Theater Guild. She also performed in Antigone as well
as performing with the Mountain Playhouse and on CBC television.
In New York Dietrah was one of only four chosen among fifty who auditioned at the Paul Mann Actors Workshop. She was awarded a two year scholarship to the Workshop and one of the judges was the incredibly brilliant and talented Sydney Poitier.
While in New York, Dietrah acted in the Broadway production “The Blacks” with notable actors such as Cicely Tyson, Helen Martin, Louise Stubbs, Godfrey Cambridge, Lou Gossett Jr., Moses Gunn and others.
Changing her focus from acting to activism, while still in New York, Dietrah made her voice and views known by becoming a community activist assisting tenants rights groups in their fight for better living conditions. Returning to Montreal, Dietrah pursued another passion, working with the late community organizer, Carl Whittaker, they created opportunities for the youth by providing summer camps and jobs. Many friendships were formed, lessons learned and the building of self-confidence. Dietrah left a lasting impression with many who participated in these programs, who remember her dedication and her influence with the youths. Forever progressive, Dietrah relocated to Atlanta Georgia in 1978 with her sister Beverley (Gayle) and their children. Brave and fearless woman that she was, Dietrah now became known as Asantewaa in Atlanta. In the west end area of southwest Atlanta was a health food co-op called Life Essentials where Asantewaa generously volunteered. In time, working tirelessly with others, the “Hear and Now” Restaurant was opened. In what might have been either the first or one of only a few African American Vegetarian restaurants. “The Here and Now” Restaurant provided the community with nutritious food at affordable prices. At a banquet in Atlanta Asantewaa was honored among others, including Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King, founder of Hillside International Truth Center for the impact she had on the community.
Asantewaa was continuously searching for ways to help the community, she started a home school from 2000-2005. The children ranged in age from five to sixteen. With much love in her heart for her students, her vision was to work in collaboration with the children including them in the process.
Each child was given their unique opportunity to shine having somethingdifferent to offer and to give, learning from each other. This teaching model is seen today in private education and proves to be very successful.
An extremely spiritual woman, Asantewaa called her home, the house of Ressurection,a place of renewal and transformation of one’s mind.
Asantewaa’s spirit lives on and continues to shine upon all who had the opportunity of knowing or meeting her.

Schofield Emmanuel Jackson
January 9th, 1936 – March 10th, 2024

Obituary for Schofield Jackson Born January 9th, 1936 in Barbados. He died Sunday, March 10th, 2024 at his home in NDG.
We bid farewell to Schofield Emmanuel Jackson, a remarkable human being, a proud father, husband, and friend. He touched the lives of many with his joyful presence, generosity, and his unwavering willingness to help others was truly inspiring. Schofield was one of a kind with his guitar never far behind to spread God’s love and spirit. He was born in Barbados, a proud Bajan who came to Canada in 1967, where he soon married and had three children. He was a member of many social committees, a God-fearing man who was always a humble servant of the Lord, and who became a crucial participant in all community events. He is survived by his wife Loueen, his children Kerwin, Chris, and Karen, his siblings Jean, Gloria, Hyacinth, Collin, Angela, and Merlene, and his grandchildren Channell and Elijah. We are all blessed to have known Schofield and his legacy will live on for many years to come.

Viewing on Thursday April 4th 2024. Details will be posted on the Urgel Bourgie website in the coming days:
Funeral service will be held at the Montreal First Church of the Nazarene on Friday April 5th at 10 am : Address: 455 Spring Garden St, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 1T2