Son wants to find person who helped his dying dad
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.