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Mark James McCreadie
Male 1963 - 2014

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  • Birth  18 Dec 1963 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  9 Apr 2014  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Crime  10 Apr 2014  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Interesting Life Story  murder, misfortune 
    Misfortune  10 Apr 2014  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-25859 
    Person ID  I191457  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

  • Notes 
    • In Memory of Mark James McCreadie December 18, 1963 - April 10, 2014

      Mark James McCreadie Unexpectedly on Thursday April 10, 2014 in his 51st year. Beloved son of Mary Mainelly of Waterloo and Murray McCreadie of Peterborough. He will be missed by his children Tammy and Mark McCreadie and their mother Laura McCreadie, all of Toronto and granddaughter Alexa. Mark will be fondly remembered by his many friends. Friends may visit the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King Street W. Kitchener 519-745-9495 on Thursday, April 17 from 1-3 pm. Service will be at 3pm in the chapel. Donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

      Mark McCreadie Obituary - Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home & Cremation Ce | Kitchener ON . (2017). Obits.dignitymemorial.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017, from http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Mark-McCreadie&lc=3767&pid=170659972&mid=5931434


      Man charged with murder in Victoria Park strangling got pardon for manslaughter

      KITCHENER A man now charged with murder in the Victoria Park strangling death of Mark McCreadie recently worked as an adviser to students at the University of Waterloo despite committing manslaughter more than 30 years ago.

      Derrick Lawlor, 52, was convicted of manslaughter in 1985 in Newfoundland, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed on Monday. Lawlor, who had originally been charged with murder in the 1980s case, was sentenced to four years in prison. He later got a pardon.

      Lawlor is now charged with first-degree murder in the strangling of McCreadie. The 50-year-old's body was found April 10 in a wooded area on the edge of Victoria Park in Kitchener. The accused appeared in court Monday.

      According to his online profile, Lawlor studied pastoral counselling and social work at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo between 2008 and 2010. His LinkedIn profile says his latest job was at UW working as an "adviser supporting students living with mental health conditions."

      That's false, UW spokesperson Nick Manning said Monday. Manning said his title was student adviser at AccessAbility Services at UW.

      "He presented himself as a mental health counsellor or something like that … but the advisers in that office aren't involved in counselling. … He was just involved in providing advice to students and those typically would be students with disabilities, so accommodations for them on campus, how they can get around, that kind of thing."

      People applying for student adviser jobs do not get police checks, Manning said.

      "They're subject to extensive reference checks" but "are not subject to a police check."

      That may change, Manning said.

      He said the issue of police checks is being looked at by the Office of the Associate Provost, Students, which is responsible for the direction and leadership of student services at UW.

      At first, before making some calls to UW staffers, Manning was "98 per cent certain" that student advisers were subject to police checks.

      Because he was pardoned, Lawlor's manslaughter conviction probably wouldn't have been revealed by a police check.

      "Pardons/record suspensions are issued by the federal government of Canada. This means that any search of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) will not show that you had a criminal record, or that you were issued a pardon/record suspension," according to Pardons Canada, which describes itself as a non-profit group.

      Getting a pardon today is harder than it was a few years back. The Omnibus Crime Bill tightened things up in 2012 after it was revealed that infamous serial sexual predator Graham James had been granted a pardon.

      Lawlor worked as a student adviser for about two years. He had apparently been on long-term sick leave in the weeks before the Victoria Park strangling.

      Privacy laws prevent UW from saying much about Lawlor, Manning said.

      "He is a contract worker and his contract expired on the first of June this year. I'm only allowed to confirm he was employed and when his contract ended."

      Asked if it would be appropriate for someone convicted of a serious crime to be working as a UW student adviser, Manning said: "There's nothing I can add on that front. I'm pretty constrained."

      Lawlor is also a board member with Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health. The agency's website said he is currently on leave. An official didn't return a call.

      Lawlor was initially charged with aggravated assault in the Victoria Park death, but the charge was upgraded to murder days later. Waterloo Regional Police previously said the men allegedly had an altercation sometime between 6 p.m. and midnight on April 9 in the area where the body was found the next afternoon.

      In 1985, Lawlor was convicted of killing a man, Locklyn Hutchings, at a cabin in Victoria, northwest of St. John's.

      Hutchings died of suffocation on June 26, 1983, according to The Telegram, the newspaper in St. John's.

      A slight, balding man in a grey suit jacket and dark-rimmed glasses, Lawlor seemed composed Monday during a brief appearance in Kitchener court as he was remanded in custody until attending again in person next week.

      His lawyer, Steve Gehl, said Lawlor received a pardon "for the only offence he has ever been convicted of."

      Gehl didn't know when the pardon was granted and would not confirm or deny that it was for the 1985 manslaughter conviction.

      "That's all I can say," he said outside court.

      Police earlier appealed to anyone who had "intimate physical or sexual activity" with Lawlor in recent months to contact them. McCreadie's daughter, Tammy McCreadie, said she doesn't know why police made the appeal.

      McCreadie was a separated father with two grown children and a granddaughter and had moved to Kitchener from Toronto about two years ago to help care for his elderly mother.

      gpaul@therecord.com ; bcaldwell@therecord.com

      Caldwell, B. (2014). Man charged with murder in Victoria Park strangling got pardon for manslaughter | TheRecord.com. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/4582057-man-charged-with-murder-in-victoria-park-strangling-got-pardon-for-manslaughter/


      Police identify body found in Victoria Park Thursday

      By Record staff

      KITCHENER Police identified the body found Thursday afternoon in woods near Kitchener's Victoria Park as that of 50 year-old James Mark McCreadie.

      But police are not yet saying how McCreadie died. The results of an autopsy, conducted Friday in Hamilton, were inconclusive.

      Another examination is scheduled to take place early next week.

      "We need to be prepared to consider all possibilities," police spokesperson Alana Holtom said. "So one of those things is in fact foul play."

      McCreadie's body was discovered in a wooded area near Schneider Avenue at 2: 30 p.m. Thursday. Holtom said initial reports that McCredie suffered obvious injuries were incorrect, and there were no "obvious signs of trauma" visible on McCreadie's body....

      Waterloo Region Record 11 Apr 2014

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