ATV accident claims Brett Parkes, devoted father and husband

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A Creemore resident, Brett Parkes, has died of injuries sustained during an ATV accident. 

Parkes, 33, was a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart Suzi Stinson and his two young sons, Kane and KC. 

On the morning of Saturday, April 28, a passerby came upon the scene on Lavender Hill Road, just south of Dunedin, where Parkes had been trapped for several hours. 

Clearview Fire Chief Colin Shewell said rescuers were called at 8 a.m. With firefighters, paramedics and police on scene, the injured man was extricated and taken to hospital in serious condition. 

Shewell said firefighters had to cut some trees and stabilize the ATV before removing him from the scene, which was next to the roadway.

“The initial investigation indicates the male occupant had been trapped under the ATV for several hours prior to emergency services being dispatched to the collision scene. [He]  was freed from under the ATV by emergency responders and transported to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital [and] was then transported to hospital in Toronto with life threatening injuries. [He] succumbed to his injuries while in Toronto hospital,” said police.

Stinson said her husband was a hard worker and a wonderful provider. Everything he did was motivated by a desire to support his family. 

An online fundraiser to help cover the costs of finishing a renovation to the family home, which Parkes was diligently working away at so his family could move in. 

They are welcoming donations of money and are calling out to people who have the ability to help complete the renovation. 

“We are praying that as a community, we can come together as one and at least relieve some financial stress from this young family during this extremely devastating time of need and allow Brett to rest easier knowing that his beautiful family has support through all of this,” wrote Allison Stinson on the Go Fund Me Page.

To offer help with construction contact Allison at [email protected] and to donate online, visit www.gofundme.com/5ha4qjs.

A celebration of life for Parkes will be held at the Avening Community Centre on Saturday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

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