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Monday, September 21, 2009

Farewell, Friend

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of Ron Zacharuk, owner of Ron's Towing in Prince George, British Columbia. Zacharuk, 65, died Aug. 15 in a Vancouver hospital.

Here's the information from the Prince George Citizen on a funeral procession for Zacharuk:
The public is advised that due to an unusual funeral procession this Saturday, traffic can expect some major but brief disruptions.
The parade will be made up of numerous tow trucks is in honour of Ron Zacharuk, namesake of Ron's Towing and a popular community figure in Prince George.
"Even though this is a Saturday, this could potentially be very disruptive to traffic, so we will have members at the ready," said Prince George RCMP spokesman Const. Gary Godwin. "It looks like they are doing everything by the book, we just want to move things along efficiently so there is management to the disruptions. We are better off helping that, rather than telling them they can't do it. Safety is the number one aspect, but this is a celebration of a popular person's life, they are working within the regulations for parades, so we support that."
The procession will be led by the Ron's Towing fleet and, said Godwin, is expected to draw many more tow trucks and support vehicles from around Prince George and from out of town. It begins at noon at Boeing Rd., down Highway 16 East past the jail and over the Yellowhead Bridge, along 1st Ave. to Carney St., up Carney to 5th Ave. where they will turn towards Spruceland and drive up to Central Street, at Central they will head for the junction of Highways 16 and 97, turn onto Highway 16 as far as Ferry Ave., from Ferry under the bridge to Queensway, then down Queensway into the downtown, ending at the Ramada Inn where there will be a celebration of Zacharuk's life from 1 to 3 p.m. with an open mic.
"Ron did a lot of work for us and it was always a fabulous job," said Godwin. Ron's Towing was frequently called upon to move abandoned or suspect vehicles for the RCMP. "He was very well known in the towing industry, so we understand the large outpouring."

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