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'One of the most loyal people': Windsor dad mourned after crash

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Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 27-year-old Windsor man, who is being remembered as a loyal friend and loving father.

Emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle collision on St. Clair Parkway between Dufferin Avenue and Stewart Line on Saturday at 3:51 p.m. Chatham-Kent police say a 27-year-old Windsor man died and three London area people were taken to hospital.

A GoFundMe page has been setup for the family of Kyle Paquette to cover funeral expenses and future support for his young daughter.

 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY REACT TO THE NEWS

“His daughter is the most important thing in his life. 100 per cent I have never seen somebody so excited to be a father. So excited to see his daughter grow up," said Paquette’s friend Kyle Walters. "[He] loves her with everything, that there's no amount of words that I could put or tell you that he felt for that young girl and continues to feel, I know he still does." 

His friend said he will be greatly missed.

"He’s one of the most loyal people I’ve ever met,” said Walters. “Would show up and help his friends and family no matter what, all it took was a phone call. No explanation needed he was there.”

Walters said he was shocked to hear of the crash. He wasn’t expecting to lose his close friend at 27 years old.

“Wasn’t a day that went by that Kyle didn’t manage to put a smile on our faces. Countless good and bad times we had together,” said Walters. “But we always remained solid. He loved with his entire heart and everybody that knew him is lucky they got to know him.”

Kyle Paquette of Windsor, Ont. and his family are seen in this undated image. (Source: Cody Paquette/Facebook)

Walters said what mattered most to Paquette was seeing that his friends and family were happy, and called him one of the most important people in his life. 

"I was blessed to have met him. So it was like we became brothers through that for a year straight. I saw him all the time. It was nonstop laughs, nonstop. And he was just such a good energy to be around. Never in a down mood. Even when he was in the worst scenarios. He was always looking at the positive. He was a great kid," he said. 

Long time friend Cody Moulton called Paquette his "ride or die," and whether it was "messed up" situations that the pair found themselves in or if the entire world was crashing down, Moulton said Paquette would always do everything in his power to make sure the people he cared about were alright.

"No matter the circumstance, no matter that he never had an excuse, he was always there. It only took a call. If he cared about you friends family, and only took a call. You didn't have to explain a thing. He was one of the most loyal people I have ever met in my life," said Moulton.

He added, “It's been really tough news because we spoke on a daily basis." 

Despite the heartache, Moulton takes solace in the fact that Paquette's family is receiving lots of support, and he is grateful for the help of the GoFundMe. 

Kyle Paquette of Windsor, Ont. is seen in this undated image. (Source: Cody Paquette/Facebook) "Kyle lived a very on edge life and still manage to make such a positive impact in so many people's lives. You know, I mean, every single night was a blast with that kid every. Every single night. There was no such thing as a bad memory when Kyle was around. Life of the party kind of guy, 100 per cent, 100 per cent. The party didn't start till KP walked in the door,” said Moulton.

He concluded, “That’s one of the most loyal friends that I ever had. I know for a fact, Kyle's memory is going to live on and I know for a fact that Astraea is going to know how good of a person her dad was. I know that I know that for a fact."

The GoFundMe post said a funeral date and arrangements will be shared as soon as details are available.

 

CRASH INVESTIGATION 

Police say a vehicle travelling northbound, with four occupants, left the roadway, entered water and came to rest on the southside of the creek.

Three occupants, a 23-year-old London woman, a 27-year-old London man and a 30-year-old Strathroy man, were transported to a local hospital for medical attention. The fourth, a 27-year-old Windsor man received life saving efforts at the scene but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

The Chatham-Kent Traffic Unit is investigating this incident. If anyone has any information to assist with this investigation, please contact Const. Kristen Charron at kristenc@chatham-kent.ca or 519-355-1092.

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