Res­i­dents mourn beloved worker

Garbage col­lec­tor, 59, died three days af­ter fall­ing off mov­ing truck in Scar­bor­ough


Scar­bor­ough’s Cliff­side neigh­bour­hood res­i­dents are hold­ing a me­mo­rial Thurs­day to mourn the loss of a city garbage col­lec­tor, known for her in­fec­tious smile, who died af­ter fall­ing off the back of a mov­ing garbage truck last week.

Diane Chicoine, 59, was stand­ing on the rear pas­sen­ger side of the truck April 6 on Fol­croft Ave., in the Kingston Rd. and Dan­forth Ave. area, when she suf­fered a med­i­cal is­sue and fell off, Toronto po­lice said.

She was taken to hos­pi­tal with lifethreat­en­ing in­juries, where she died three days later.

In a Face­book event for the me­mo­rial, Amanda Smith wrote that even though she didn’t know Chicoine per­son­ally, she was “the best garbage truck lady ever!”

“You and my son Jake had a lit­tle bond. He was al­ways wait­ing for you at the win­dow just to see you throw garbage out! You al­ways told him he was your lit­tle buddy and he was al­ways so happy just to see you,” Smith wrote.

“We are very sad that you are gone, I can’t be­lieve this would hap­pen. You were al­ways so happy al­ways smil­ing . . . You will be missed.”

Chicoine’s cousin, Shel­ley Roberts, said her fam­ily is still reel­ing from the news.

“I never thought this would ever hap­pen to her,” Roberts said. “She was al­ways so strong . . . She was healthy as a horse.”

Chicoine loved chil­dren, Roberts added, and took joy in spend­ing time with her grand­daugh­ter.

“I’m pretty sure it’s go­ing to be a very big turnout . . . it’s go­ing to be huge,” Roberts said of the me­mo­rial. “Every­body is re­ally shaken up, this is re­ally ter­ri­ble, what hap­pened.”

An­other cousin, Cindy McKenzie, de­scribed Chicoine as an in­de­pen­dent, out­go­ing woman who would go out of her way to help any­one and al­ways had a joke ready.

“She was jovial . . . She comes into a room, you know it. She greets every­body, she comes into a room smil­ing from ear-to-ear, she changed the air of every room she walked into, you couldn’t not no­tice it,” McKenzie said from her home in Water­ford, Ont., where Chicoine would visit her at least twice a month.

Chicoine, orig­i­nally from Gaspé, Que., was also well-dressed and would of­ten go shop­ping along the Dan­forth, McKenzie added.

“She didn’t look like the garbage per­son. That’s just what she dressed like for work, but she liked her job and she liked work­ing with peo­ple . . . She re­ally en­joyed her job, she didn’t ever want to re­tire for her job,” McKenzie said.

In an email, Chicoine’s man­ager Lisa Dun­can said Chicoine had worked in the city’s Solid Waste Man­age­ment Ser­vices Scar­bor­ough District for more than 25 years and was a “straight shooter and a hard worker.”

“Diane en­joyed com­ing to work every day and she en­joyed her work fam­ily . . . Diane was a valu­able mem­ber of the Solid Waste col­lec­tion team and we will miss her con­tri­bu­tions and her sense of hu­mour,” Dun­can wrote.

Chicoine is sur­vived by her daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter. The vigil, which will be held at Cliff­side Dr. and Fol­croft Ave., be­gins at 7 p.m. and will be fol­lowed by a gath­er­ing at the Tara Inn.

Diane Chicoine, who worked in Scar­bor­ough, was known for her in­fec­tious smile and love of chil­dren.

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