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GoFundMe account raising funds for worker's family

Cecchetto and Sons worker Ron Lepage killed in incident on Vale property last week

A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the family of a Cecchetto and Sons employee who was killed on Vale property last week.

The victim has not been identified by either Cecchetto and Sons or Vale, who say they're withholding his name out of respect for the family.

But another local media outlet has reported the man killed was 59-year-old Ron (Ronnie) Lepage.

The crowdfunding campaign for Lepage's family, which has a $10,000 goal, has so far raised $1,630. It was created by Ryan Harpell.

“Unfortunately a tragic accident has happened just recently at one of our mining sites within the Sudbury region that has taken the life of Ronnie Lepage,” said the GoFundMe page.

“Ronnie was an extremely hard working man that provided for his family, leaving them way too early at the age of 59. We are asking our local community to come together with open arms and share their generosity to help support the family during this very difficult time. 

“Please extend your support by sharing with everyone you know so that we can come together as a community and show this family that they are surrounded by many compassionate people in times when they need it the most.”

The obituary for Lepage said he leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Aurelia, children Megan (Ryan) and Matthew, and three grandchildren, Carter, Oliver and Shelby. It also states he will be missed by his “fur buddy” Dede Dexter.

It said he passed away suddenly “with his family and close friends by his side” on April 6.

A celebration of Lepage's life takes place at the Colonial Inn in Coniston from 1-4 p.m. April 14. Despite the online fundraising efforts, the obituary asks people to attend the service in lieu of flowers or donations.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Lepage was pinned under the tires of a dump truck, sustaining fatal injuries. He was disposing waste materials in the Vale tailings area for the mining company's Clean AER project at the time.

The incident is under investigation by the Ministry of Labour.


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