Grover Telford. (Contributed)

GoFundMe set up for former Maple Ridge council candidate

Grover Telford ran for city council in the last three elections

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Grover Telford who ran for council the past three municipal elections, after undergoing emergency heart surgery four days ago.

Telford fell ill on Oct. 7 and was admitted to Ridge Meadows Hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. MRSA is bacterium found on the nose or on the skin of three out of ten healthy people, but can cause serious infections if it enters into or through the skin. MRSA bacteria have become resistant to some antibiotics.

After two weeks on antibiotics Telford was transferred to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster where it was discovered his heart valve had to be replaced.

Then, on Oct. 22, Telford went into heart failure and the cardiac surgeon had to perform emergency heart surgery.

Telford was given a 50/50 chance to make it through the surgery and a high risk of brain damage due to two brain bleeds he had suffered and a series of small strokes due to the MRSA attacking his heart.

Although he made it through without brain damage, his left leg is not functioning and he is still extremely ill with the MRSA.

Telford is the owner of Able Home Services, a home repair and cleaning service, and ran three times for Maple Ridge City Council; in the 2008 municipal election, the 2011 election and the 2014 election, each time coming up short.

He has sat on the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society board, on the district’s social planning advisory committee, and was a minor soccer coach.

In an interview in June this past year Telford expressed interest in running again in the Oct. 20 election and commented that in his opinion Mayor and council in Maple Ridge should not receive pay increases of 20 per cent to off set federal changes in tax laws, a motion passed unanimously at the time.

Telford’s wife, Barbara Carlsen Offerhaus, doesn’t know when she can expect her husband home again or if he will even be able to walk.

“Grover lost his first wife to cancer in 2002 and he had to keep working. He is the hardest working man I have ever met and he would give the shirt off his back to anyone,” wrote Offerhaus on the GoFundMe page.

“The last two years have been hard financially as the work truck kept breaking down and what money he had saved went into the truck so he could have an income. He is self employed, has no savings, no short term or long term disability,” she wrote.

Offerhaus expects Telford will need money to get through the next four to six months and will need her full-time help in the process.

She is trying to raise $10,000. So far $375 of the goal has been raised by seven people.

“My goal is to get my husband better. I would be grateful for any amount that you feel you can afford.”

To donate go to gofundme.com.

Just Posted

From the desk: Sexual assaults tough to talk about

May take a while to report an incident

Pitt Meadows junior golfer wins prestigious tournament

Incredible run in last four holes gives 10-year-old scores of 71

Dump truck flipped in Maple Ridge

Sitting on its roof near Silver Valley residential development

Record blueberry harvest predicted

Conditions have been perfect for growers in Fraser Valley

Birders’ feathers ruffled after cliff swallow nests destroyed in Pitt Meadows

The nests were on the north observation tower at the Pitt-Addington Marsh in Grant Narrows Park

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Puppy rescued from smoky South Surrey condo

Fire alarms brought firefighters to the Morgan Crossing residences around 7 p.m.

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

A cappella country quintet Home Free to sing in Surrey

September concert date for Minnesota-based winners of NBC’s ‘The Sing Off’

Donor upset no one noticed B.C. school’s sculpture had been missing for a year

Agassiz’s Fraser River Lodge owner baffled how theft went undetected

Purple fentanyl among items seized in B.C. drug bust

Youth being recruited as drivers for more-established drug dealers, police say

Most Read