Son promises Chester funeral for murdered parents

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>FACEBOOK/RHONDA RAMSAY</p><p>Peter and Joy Bond, pictured, in 2009. The former Chester residents were among the 22 victims of the mass homicide in Colchester County last month.</p>

Harry Bond of Lunenburg County, the oldest son of the former Chester couple killed in the mass homicide in northern Nova Scotia last month, says his parents will get "the service they deserve" when the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

Bond, speaking to CTV News recently, said there will be a funeral in Chester for his parents, Joy and Peter Bond, who moved to Portapique more than 10 years ago.

"Portapique was their retirement home," Bond told the network.

Peter Ivan Bond, 74, and Joy Jean (Monks) Bond, 70, were found dead in their home on April 20, reads a published obituary.

Joy was a stay-at-home mother and former cook, while Peter was a retired truck driver.

Another son, Cory Bond, described his parents to CTV News as "soft-hearted, kind people."

Peter and Joy "would go above and beyond for anyone that crossed their paths in life," their obituary reads. "Peter will be remembered for his sense of humour and his stories of the past. Joy will be remembered for being the life of the party, her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh and her ability to always keep it together for everyone."

Cory and Harry heard about the shootings April 19 and tried to reach their parents via cell phone to no avail. The next day, they drove to Colchester County. They learned that afternoon from RCMP their parents died.

Joy and Peter didn't know the killer, Harry told CTV News, saying "from what we've heard" their home "hasn't been burned."

Peter and Joy are survived by their two adult sons, along with four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren

Donations can be made to a GoFundMe account or left at the Davis Funeral Home in Chester.

Tracy Baker, of Bridgewater, is a friend of the Bond family, and established the GoFundMe, which raised over $11,000 as of April 30.

"I am fundraising on behalf of them and their family to help with the expenses they will have associated with this tragedy," reads information posted on the page. "All proceeds from this fundraiser will be given directly to Harry and Cory."

The Municipality of Chester sent letters of condolence to the sons and extended family of the Bonds.

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