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"REK" 2006 Obituary


REKKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
CAMPBELL, David William
After a long battle with colon cancer, entered into rest surrounded by his family, on Sunday, February 26, 2006 at the Bowmanville Hospital. Beloved husband of Gwenna (née SLOAN) for 41 years. Loving and devoted father of Jon and his wife Alison, and Shauna and her husband Scott REKKER. Dave dearly loved his grandchildren Taylor and Zachary CAMPBELL and Hayley and Clare REKKER. Loving son of Margaret and the late Walter CAMPBELL. Dear brother of John and his wife Arlene CAMPBELL and Alex and his wife Ginny CAMPBELL, and the late Walter S. CAMPBELL and brother-in-law of Jane SLOAN and her husband Bryan SPENCER. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Relatives and Friends will be received at the McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home, 152 King St. E., Oshawa on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held in the chapel on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. with visiting from 12 noon. Donations made in memory of Dave to Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada or Lakeridge Health Bowmanville, Palliative Care would be appreciated. Our thanks to the Orange Team of Care Partners for their care and support. Thanks to Dr. BURK/BURKE for always being available to us and Dr. BRANKSTON for his kindness and support. Thank you to Lorna, Kelly and Lori Anne of Continuing Care for their exceptional care and compassion to both Dave and his family.

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REKTOR 2006-09-23 published
'Horrific scene'
Officers say a collision that killed three people on the 401 was one of the worst they'd ever seen.
By John HERBERT, Free Press Reporter, Sat., September 23, 2006
Two veteran police officers say a crash on Highway 401 east of Woodstock that killed three people on Thursday night was one of the worst they have ever seen.
"It certainly was a horrific scene," said Const. Dennis HARWOOD, a 32-year member of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Sgt. Dave REKTOR said the collision involving three transport trucks, a sport utility vehicle and a car ranks as one of the worst he's seen because of the three deaths and the severity of damage to the vehicles.
"Whenever you see vehicles torn apart like last night, it causes you to take a step back and ponder about the severity of these types of crashes," he said yesterday.
The crash at about 10 p.m. in the eastbound lanes four kilometres east of the Drumbo exit reduced the sport utility vehicle to a "crumpled ball of metal," REKTOR said.
Ontario Provincial Police identified the dead as:
• Lawrence Richard BYRNE, 28, of R.R.#2, Belle River, the sport utility vehicle driver.
• Nachtar Singh CHOHAN, 42, of Quebec, one of the truck drivers.
• Bruno MAMBELLA, 45, of Kitchener, the car driver.
sport utility vehicle passenger Laura Marie CAMPBELL, 25, of Chatham, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Truck drivers Gary BERENOSE, 63, of Dundas, and Marc BERNIER, 42, of Quebec, were involved in the pileup, but unhurt, police said.
Police closed the stretch of Highway 401 until about 10 a.m. yesterday.
The carnage HARWOOD and other police and emergency personal witnessed was difficult to stomach, he said. "There was a very, very sombre mood among police and emergency people."
HARWOOD would not speculate on whether there would be charges or on the cause of the crash, adding that would be determined by the Ontario Provincial Police highway enforcement action team.
Investigators were continuing to evaluate the evidence gathered from the crash scene and had not determined a cause, he said.
The crash occurred in a construction zone, HARWOOD said.
Will ROE and Sirous HOUSHMAND were among the first people to arrive on the scene.
"We went up to help, but there wasn't much we could do," said ROE, who was heading to Guelph.
He said the passenger in the sport utility vehicle was waving her hand for help.
"The lady was alive and talking," he said.
The two men approached the car involved in the crash and found the driver unconscious. He was travelling alone, police said.
"We tried talking to him," said HOUSHMAND.
Plattsville, Drumbo and Princeton fire departments responded to the crash along with Ontario Provincial Police from Brant, Oxford and Cambridge detachments.

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