Whiteway residents saddened by fatal accident
Warren Newhook remembered as a ‘ lovely man’
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.