Saturday, August 09, 2008

600 gather for funeral of First Nations bus slaying victim

600 gather for funeral of bus slaying victimTim McLean is seen in an undated handout photo with the daughter of his friend William Caron. About 600 people paid their final respects to McLean at a funeral in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon to bid farewell to Tim McLean, 22, who was brutally killed aboard a Greyhound bus just over a week ago near Portage la Prairie, Man.

About 600 mourners packed a church in Winnipeg for the funeral service.

His uncle, Alex McLean, told them that his nephew was "friendly, kind, sweet and caring."

The young man, a travelling carnival worker, loved making new friends on his many journeys, his uncle said.

But "he never left behind the ones he made in high school," McLean said. "His love of his friends was easy to see."

McLean also remembered his nephew's tremendous sense of humour, recalling that the last time he saw him, he was shirtless and flexing his muscles.

"That was your trademark," McLean said.

Before the service began, John Jorgensen, 19, who lived in the same Winnipeg neighbourhood as Tim McLean, remembered him as an "uplifting, positive guy."

"If you were in a bad mood, he would make you in a great mood," Jorgensen said.

McLean grew up in Winnipeg and Elie, Man., with what his obituary describes as "more family than he could shake a stick at."

1 comment:

La Reyna said...

Rest in peace, Tim McLean, a hard worker and a family man.

My heart goes out to the family of Tim McLean.

la reyna


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