Son wants to find per­son who helped his dy­ing dad

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION - ALEX MacPHER­SON amacpher­son@post­ twit­­sona

James Koroll has spent the last seven days mourn­ing his fa­ther — and search­ing for the Good Samar­i­tan who called paramedics and as­sisted Koroll’s dad in the fi­nal mo­ments of his life.

“I’d just love to thank them so much for be­ing a car­ing in­di­vid­ual, and tell them a lit­tle bit about my dad — let them know what he meant to me,” Koroll said Fri­day.

Koroll’s fa­ther, Pa­trick Cash­man, died un­ex­pect­edly while driv­ing on Mil­lar Av­enue near Mar­quis Drive around 4 p.m. on Nov. 2. Cash­man had been with a friend load­ing some lum­ber when he started feel­ing tired, Koroll said.

“I don’t think he made it very far up Mil­lar,” said Koroll, who lives in Martensville but was at work in Saska­toon that af­ter­noon when a physi­cian phoned to tell him that Cash­man had been found be­hind the wheel in the in­ter­sec­tion, not mov­ing.

“I hoped that he was OK, but I could tell from the tone of (the doc­tor’s) voice ... ” Koroll said be­fore trail­ing off.

Cash­man, 61, was born in Stouf­fville, On­tario and moved to Saska­toon in 1986 to com­plete his PhD in ge­ol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchewan. He moved to Kry­dor, Sask., about 100 kilo­me­tres north­west of Saska­toon, in 1993.

Ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary, Cash­man was a de­voted fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Koroll said his fa­ther had a “tough life” but lived for his kids and was a “re­ally kind man,” even though he didn’t have a lot.

“He was al­ways help­ing oth­ers out, even when he shouldn’t have been,” Koroll said.

It is not clear who stopped to as­sist Cash­man. Koroll said he has “ab­so­lutely zero” in­for­ma­tion about the in­di­vid­ual, who he has been try­ing to track down through a post on so­cial me­dia.

Me­davie Health Ser­vices spokesman Troy Davies said the am­bu­lance ser­vice is look­ing into the mat­ter.

Said Koroll: “I’m just so thank­ful that some­one did some­thing good for him.”

I’d just love to thank them so much for be­ing acar­ing in­di­vid­ual.

Pa­trick Cash­man

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