White­way res­i­dents sad­dened by fa­tal ac­ci­dent

War­ren Ne­whook re­mem­bered as a ‘ lovely man’

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY TERRYROBERTS

War­ren G. Ne­whook was be­ing re­mem­bered as a de­voted family man and ta­lented mu­si­cian last week fol­low­ing a tragic mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent that claimed the life of the 55-year-old White­way res­i­dent.

“It’s hard to cope with,” White­way Mayor Craig Whalen said last week. “The at­mos­phere in our com­mu­nity is very glum.”

The Trin­ity Bay com­mu­nity of just over 100 house­holds was sad­dened after hear­ing news that Ne­whook had died fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent on Route 73 on Mon­day, Aug. 22.

Ne­whook was driv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle in a north­east­erly di­rec­tion — to­ward Til­ton — when he lost con­trol and col­lided with a pickup truck that was tow­ing a util­ity trailer in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. The trailer was car­ry­ing land­scap­ing equip­ment.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred on a slight bend in the road, and hap­pened at about 1:30 p.m. It was sunny and road con­di­tions were good.

Ne­whook was trav­el­ling with an­other mo­tor­cy­clist at the time.

He was trans­ported to Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, where he later died.

The RCMP closed the road for sev­eral hours while ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­am­ined the scene. Sgt. Marc Coulombe of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP said it was the third ma­jor ac­ci­dent in the re­gion in a span of one week, and it may be a num­ber of days be­fore the fi­nal re­port on the crash is re­leased.

Ne­whook had just re­cently pur­chased the mo­tor­cy­cle, and was new to the recre­ation.

Ne­whook was well-known in the com­mu­nity, and was sched­uled to de­part for work in Al­berta the day after the crash.

One res­i­dent de­scribed him as a “ lovely man” who cher­ished his family and an “ex­cel­lent mu­si­cian.”

Up to a few years ago, he played gui­tar in a band called “Rebel” that performed through­out the re­gion.

Ne­whook is originally from New Har­bour.

A quiet man

Whalen lived next to the Ne­whook family, and de­scribed War­ren as a great neigh­bour.

“He was there if you needed a hand. There was noth­ing out of War­ren Ne­whook. He was a quiet man. They went about their busi­ness and sup­ported the com­mu­nity when they could at dif­fer­ent events.

“He’s go­ing to be missed,” Whalen said.

In a show of re­spect to the family, the town low­ered its flags and can­celled sev­eral events last week.

Whalen said Ne­whook played hockey and softball in his younger years, and was a solid sup­porter of his two adult sons, Steven and Lee.

As for his wife, Maisie, Whalen said they did ev­ery­thing to­gether.

“ They are a very close family,” Whalen noted.

Fu­neral ser­vices were sched­uled for Fri­day, Aug. 26.

Ne­whook is also sur­vived by his mother, Vi­o­let Ne­whook, sis­ters Greta, Betty and Zula, and broth­ers Monty and Ty­rone.

The family re­quested that any do­na­tions in War­ren’s mem­ory be made to the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

War­ren G. Ne­whook of White­way died last week fol­low­ing a tragic mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on Route 73.

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