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Donations exceed $10,000 for education fund for children of deceased traffic flagger
Maggie Feeley's children meant everything to her.
That's why close friends, such as Tara Gran, are astounded how caring Cowichan strangers — and folks in other communities — stepped up to fundraise for Feeley's young kids after the valley traffic-flagger's work-site death Oct. 21 in Duncan.
While WorkSafeBC investigates how Feeley, 29, died under a dump truck, Gran said it's "unbelievable how people have come out, and communities are coming together."
"I've met some of the most amazing women who are throwing themselves into this."
Gran's grateful locals have raised more than $10,000 so far for an education fund for Feeley's kids — a boy and two girls who lived with their mom in Cobble Hill (not Lake Cowichan, as authorities said previously).
Now she's hoping to raise money for Feeley's funeral.
"I am reaching out to the community for help. If any of your organizations are able to financially help the family to cover funeral expenses, we would greatly appreciate it.
"We are struggling to give Maggie a service she deserves, and to give some closer to her children family and friends," states Gran's email.
Funeral costs and service details were pending at press time, while Gran was grieving the loss of her pal.
"She was one of my extremely close friends. Her children and my daughter go camping all together — it's been a tough go."
Feeley was a sweet gal, Gran said.
"She was a really fun-loving gal, and a very hard worker. She worked hard to make sure her kids had what they desired in life."
Feeley's kids are her legacy, Gran said.
"It was them that she woke up for in the morning."
Feeley was also proud to be a flagger on risky roads.
"She loved her job and the people she worked with, but came home in tears about how people (drivers) treated flaggers," Gran said.
"People are in such a rush to get somewhere that they don't realize that's a human being they're whizzing by."
For more, contact Gran at firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate to the Feeley Family 'in trust' at Coast Capital Savings.