‘I just had a feeling’: Families speak out after Woodstock nurse charged with murder

Arpad Horvath, 75, lived at the Meadow Park Long Term Care facility in London, Ont., and died on Aug. 31, 2014. Susan Horvath /

Family members of some of the eight men and women who died in Ontario long-term care facilities are speaking out after learning police laid eight first-degree murder charges against a Woodstock nurse.

“I’d seen my dad and the condition he was in and he had a lot of fear — he had a lot of fear — and just things about him and everything I noticed on his body and stuff, I just had a feeling and I told mom,” Susan Horvath, daughter of Arpad Horvath, told The Craig Needles Show on Global News’ affiliate radio station AM980 in London, Ont. Tuesday.

“And then when he passed on – and how he passed on – that’s when I knew this is not right.”

READ MORE: Nurse accused of killing 8 people at nursing homes in Ontario

Horvath, a resident of Meadow Park London Long Term Care centre, was 75 when he died in August, 2014.

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When police came to speak with Susan, she said she wasn’t surprised.

“The day I saw the police I looked up in the sky and I saw a rainbow and I looked around me – a little tiny rainbow, like a smiley face – and I looked up in the sky and I took a picture of it. And I said, ‘That’s dad. Dad’s happy now because people will know the truth of how he died,’” Susan said.

LISTEN: Craig Needles from AM980 speaks with Susan, whose father, Arpad Horvath, was a victim in the ongoing investigation into multiple murders at nursing homes in London and Woodstock.

“So he will be able to rest in peace because people will know.”

His daughter said he was a tool and die maker and a devoted father.

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“He was very close to his family. He gave us as much as he could.”

James Silcox, 84, lived at Caressant Care in Woodstock, Ont., and died on Aug. 17, 2007. Daniel Silcox

Daniel Silcox, the son of James Silcox, said his family is still processing the news.

“We are still numb at the news of our father’s treatment while in the care of Caressant Care Nursing Home,” he wrote to Global News.

James, a father of six children, was 84 years old when he died in August 2007.

“He spent the entire [Second World War] in Europe. He could fix or build absolutely anything and had a killer sense of humour.”
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Erica Vella contributed to this report

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