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Labrador West mourns four lost in tragic collision

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

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

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

Estelle and Melvin Alyward 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 Alywards.

“The loss of Melvin and Estelle Alyward 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 Alywards 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 Alywards 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.

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