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Posted: February 15, 2018

Parliament learns about Joan and Clayton

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski today honoured Joan MacKinnon and Clayton Murrell, both killed in a Feb. 3 collision on Highway 3/95 at Irishman Creek, along with an Alberta resident, by informing Canada’s Parliament about them.

“Mr. Speaker, sometimes life just isn’t fair. On February 3, 2018, a tractor-trailer lost control on Highway 3 in my riding of Kootenay-Columbia and ran head-on into a truck, resulting in the deaths of Clayton Murrell and Joan MacKinnon. This tragedy has left their families, friends, co-workers, and the people of Cranbrook with a deep sense of loss,” Stetski stated.

“Memorials in front of the fire hall and community pool are testaments to how much they were loved. Clay was a Fire Department Captain and was well-known for his kindness, his constant teasing, and for always asking, “What is the right thing to do?”

“Joan was Aquatic Supervisor with the Leisure Services Department, training hundreds of lifeguards, her dedication recognized with the Life Saving Society’s 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award. Her staff speak of Joan’s caring and grace, and her mantra, “Let it go!” said the former City of Cranbrook mayor.

“With Joan and Clay’s passing, heaven received two beautiful souls. We wish them much love, everlasting peace, and an endless trail ride. Mr. Speaker, sometimes life just isn’t fair,” Stetski concluded.

A joint memorial service is being conducted at Western Financial Place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Due to the anticipated large number of people being on hand for the open service, those attending are kindly asked to be seated by 2:15 p.m.

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