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(Posted 5:30 p.m., Feb. 29)
Mourners pack
Alta Vista church to say goodbye to Orléans father, teenage son

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Funeral 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. File photo

Nearly 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.

The 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.

David 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.

David's brother Martin led the eulogies, describing his brother as a "pretty amazing person" who loved working with kids.

"He 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."

"Baby brother, I will miss you a lot, but I will never forget the memories."

Patrick 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.

"He 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".

After the initial eulogies, seven of Thomas' cousins came up to the lecturne while four of them took turns saying farewell.

"He was the most amazing uncle," said one of David's nieces. "I'm a better skier because of him."

Following 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.

The forecast for tonight and tomorrow is calling for 10 to 15 centimetres of fresh snow, perfect for skiing.

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