Volume 93, Issue 10

Wednesday, September 15, 1999


Western Prof asks for rights probe

Saugeen yet to find USC representation

Student dies in early morning tragedy

Dean looks to restructuring funding of Mustang sports

Guelph students left out in cold

Two new businesses infiltrate UCC

News Briefs

Buzz Mecca

Caught on campus

Student dies in early morning tragedy

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Western staff and students are mourning the tragic passing of a first-year student after an accident late last week.

Paul Andrew Irvine, a first-year Media Information and Technology student, was killed in a car accident in the early morning hours of Sept. 10.

Const. Glen Childerly of the Sebringville Ontario Provincial Police, said Irvine, 19, was struck by a pickup truck as he walked along Rural Road 163 in Perth County, northeast of St. Mary's Ontario.

According to Childerly, the OPP's investigation of the incident is complete. Since the incident was deemed an accident, no charges have been laid against the 21 year-old male driver of the pickup truck. "We're saying it's not the fault of the driver," he said.

Tom Irvine, Paul's father, who is himself a Western medical school alumnus, said his son was in the area visiting family.

Funeral services took place yesterday at Trinity United church in Irvine's hometown of Gravenhurst, Ontario. "If a funeral could be positive – it was," said his father.

"At the visitation [on Monday night], there were three hours worth of people who lined up all the way out into the street. The basement of the church was packed with speakers," he said.

Irvine added Paul was well known in the Gravenhurst community for being an accomplished athlete as well as his high school valedictorian. "People came away from the funeral feeling [Paul] left something concrete. He was a positive kid. He lived life to the whole nine yards," he said.

Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and ancillary services at Western, said Irvine's floormates at Medway Hall were informed of his passing at a meeting before the end of orientation week. She added an announcement was made to first-year students during O-week's concluding ceremonies.

Grindrod added although the time of Irvine's death came when the school year was just beginning and Irvine did not have the opportunity to make new friends in the area, Western is looking into setting up a memorial in his honour.

According to his father, Irvine's entire family attended Western. His sisters, Jill and Laura, are currently enrolled and his mother, Joanne graduated in 1970.

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