Family and friends of Dave Jones, from Kelowna’s Brian’s Towing, have been racking their brains on how to give him the perfect sendoff.
Jones, born in 1960, died Feb. 15 of heart failure. He spent nearly 40 years in the towing business – the last eight with Brian’s Towing.
For someone who meant so much to his family, friends and those in the trucking and towing industry, how do you say goodbye in a meaningful way?
You have a celebration of life followed by a parade of tow trucks in his honour, which occurred Saturday, March 12.
“He would have been proud as hell of his send-off,” said Brian’s Towing employee Trevor Wilson.
Jones’ red 1994 Kenworth tow truck led the procession – driven by Gord Boyd – which went from Kelowna to Vernon and back. More than a dozen trucks had their lights flashing and honked horns at onlookers and supporters.
“Dave was very passionate about his work, and without his leadership and knowledge we believe Brian’s wouldn’t be in the position it is,” said the company on its Facebook page. “We would love to honour his hard work.”
Jones spent three weeks fighting for his life in hospital, according to his partner in business and life, Elise Beaupre. She asked for people to share memories of Jones and 60 people complied on social media. Another 20 shared the news of Jones’ passing.
“Thanks to all of you for being part of his life,” wrote Beaupre, owner of Brian’s Towing. “Thanks especially to our families, children, grandbabies; for the joy you brought to him. Special thanks to all of the friends and family that provided emotional support to myself and to his son and daughter-in-law, and my children during the past weeks.
“Thanks also to my ‘Brian’s’ family who kept things running while I navigated this really tough time. You’re all amazing. I know he had many friends and acquaintances throughout his 38 years in the towing business and will be missed by all.”
A family funeral will take place at a later date.