Tragic col­li­sion claims four Labrador res­i­dents

Hus­band and wife from Labrador City and two brothers from West St. Modeste lost in the col­li­sion

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

On the morn­ing of Aug. 2 a tragic ac­ci­dent near Red Bay, Labrador claimed the lives of four Labrado­ri­ans.

Estelle and Melvin Ayl­ward were trav­el­ling south while brothers Richie and Camille Bol­ger were headed north when their ve­hi­cles col­lided.

Estelle and Melvin, in their mid-40’s, grew up in Port au Choix and had set­tled in Labrador City. They had a son, 18, who grad­u­ated from high school this year.

The Bol­ger brothers worked to­gether in a busi­ness and of­ten trav­elled to many com­mu­ni­ties near their home­town to com­plete jobs.

In Labrador West, flags at the United Steel­work­ers of­fice were low­ered to half-mast in mem­ory of the young cou­ple.

Labrador City Mayor Wayne But­ton paid trib­ute to the Ayl­wards.

“The loss of Melvin and Estelle Ayl­ward has been dev­as­tat­ing to this com­mu­nity,” he said. “Estelle was an ex­tremely vi­brant per­son. She has a way about her. When­ever you met her, she made sure you never for­got her.

“As mayor, I just en­cour­age all res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity to come to­gether to help this fam­ily out.”

Labrador West MHA Gra­ham Letto wrote the whole com­mu­nity feels the im­pact of such a tragedy.

“Ev­ery­one mourns with the fam­i­lies and friends of the Ayl­wards and the Bol­gers, and will be there to sup­port them dur­ing this very dif­fi­cult time. On be­half of the res­i­dents of Labrador West I ex­tend my deep­est sym­pa­thy.”

Fu­neral ser­vices for the Ayl­wards were held in Port au Choix on Tues­day, Aug. 7.

Plans for a me­mo­rial ser­vice in Labrador West had not yet been an­nounced at press time.

A friend close to the fam­ily told The Aurora that the fam­ily greatly ap­pre­ci­ates the over­whelm­ing sup­port and ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy that have come from peo­ple ev­ery­where, and es­pe­cially from Labrador West.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Flags at half-mast at USW lo­cal 5795 in Labrador City in honor of the Ayl­ward fam­ily.

FILE PHOTO

Labrador City Mayor Wayne But­ton said the loss has been dev­as­tat­ing to the com­mu­nity.

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