1. Tragedy at Christ­mas pa­rade

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The 2011 hol­i­day sea­son got off to a tragic start in Car­bon­ear when 41-year-old Kevin ‘Pop­eye’ Tobin died af­ter fall­ing from a float at the 61st an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade on Dec. 11.

Tobin was a mem­ber of the Relic Rid­ers Mo­tor­cy­cle Cub. A hand­ful of club mem­bers were rid­ing aboard a flatbed trailer, and Tobin was play­ing the role of The Grinch.

Tobin caught the at­ten­tion of the many hundreds of spec­ta­tors who lined the pa­rade route with his lively an­tics. But tragedy struck af­ter the pa­rade when Tobin fell from the trailer and died.

The in­ci­dent made national head­lines, and cast a dark cloud over what had been a fes­tive mood in the re­gion.

Tobin was given a mov­ing send-off, with mem­bers of his fam­ily and the mo­tor­cy­cle club pay­ing spe­cial trib­ute to the Broad Cove na­tive.

One fam­ily mem­ber de­scribed Tobin as “the hard­est work­ing man you’ve ever seen in your life.” Tobin’s 14-year-old son, Devin, re­ferred to his fa­ther as “the great­est man I’ve ever known.”

Mem­bers of the Relic Rid­ers Mo­tor­cy­cle Club form an hon­our guard for the late Kevin ‘Pop­eye’ Tobin.

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