5:30 p.m., Feb. 29)
Alta Vista church to say goodbye to Orléans father, teenage
By Fred Sherwin
services were held today for David and Thomas
Duffy who were tragically killed in a head-on
collision while heading to the provincial
freestyle skiing championships on Monday.
500 mourners packed the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
on Alta Vista Drive this morning to pay their final respects
to David and Thomas Duffy who were killed in a head-on
collisiion on Hwy. 7 near Perth early Monday morning.
Orléans father and his 16-year-old son were on
their way to the provincial freestyle skiing championships
near Collingwood when they hit a patch of black ice, crossed
the centre line and collided head-on with an oncoming
minivan. The female driver of the minivan was also killed,
however, Duffy's 10-year-old son Eric and ski coach Steve
Hambling survived the crash while suffering serious, but
non-life threatening injuries.
and Thomas were brought into the church in separate caskets
drapped in flowers followed by their wife and mother Louise
Duffy, daughter and sister Victoria, 18, and Eric, who
wore a bright orange Freestyle Fortune parka while sitting
in a wheelchair. They were surrounded by a large group
of uncles, aunts and cousins.
brother Martin led the eulogies, describing his brother
as a "pretty amazing person" who loved working
was just a big grown up kid himself," said Martin.
"There were two things in life that were dear to
his heart. The first was his wife and his family. He literally
would do anything for them. The second was skiing. That's
what they loved best, both of them."
brother, I will miss you a lot, but I will never forget
Cadieux, the head coach of Freestyle Fortune of which
David was president, described Duffy's passion for the
sport which he first took up in his 20s and later handed
down to his children.
was the driving force behind building the club with his
incredible energy and passion which he shared with the
kids," said Cadieux, who also called the abundantly
talented Thomas, "a rising star in the sport whose
career was cut too short".
the initial eulogies, seven of Thomas' cousins came up
to the lecturne while four of them took turns saying farewell.
was the most amazing uncle," said one of David's
nieces. "I'm a better skier because of him."
a tradiitional Catholic service delivered in both French
and English, the caskets carrying the father and son were
carried out into the cold winter air and placed in two
waiting hearse which transported them to their final resting
place side by side.
forecast for tonight and tomorrow is calling for 10 to
15 centimetres of fresh snow, perfect for skiing.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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