Tears and laughter marked the early evening celebration of Al Boucher’s life on Saturday.
The Prestige Harbourfront Resort’s ballroom was filled to capacity, and more, as several people stood out in the hallway waiting to pay their condolences for the well-loved man who was killed on the Trans-Canada Highway in the early morning hours of Feb. 17.
Boucher owned and operated Blue Canoe Bakery and Café for several years and was very involved in the local sports scene.
Longtime friend and one of Blue Canoe’s earliest customers, Jim Kimmerly thinks there were more than 350 people at the Feb. 25 memorial.
“There was quite a crowd around the perimetre of the room and also out in the hallway, and the room seats about 300 for a sit-down event,” he said. “It was a tremendous celebration of life, a mixture of all ages. There were some great stories, some with a bit of humour that lightened the mood.”
Kimmerly says the event had a “baseball flair” and when someone with a guitar played Take Me Out to the Ballgame, it brought on even more tears.
“I saw many tissues coming out and there were a lot of tears dropped on that carpet,” he said.
Kimmerly says a trust fund to help support Boucher’s two young sons has been opened at the CIBC on the corner of Hudson Avenue and Alexander Street. Called Boucher Children’s Trust.
The fund is open only for 90 days and donations are welcome.