Lucas Redpath, 1976-2013: “He did everything asked of him and more.”

by Joe Glionna

TRUCK INDUSTRY’S LOSS: Among his professional activities, Lucas Redpath sat on the OTA’s Allied Trades Board

MILTON, ON — Marshall Lucas Redpath (“Lucas” to friends), Sales Manager Automotive and Military with Cummins Eastern Canada, died in an accident at his Milton, ON, home Monday, Aug. 12. He was 37.

Lucas is the son of Thomas and Joni and brother to Hanna (Ed) Kidd, Eva, Feryn, and Ayela. Grandson of Dorothy “Mia” Marshall and Elizabeth “Gram Lil” Redpath. Proud uncle to Jaden, Mia and Ashton Kidd. Lucas is survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

He is also a personal friend.

Lucas and I have known each other almost 10 years, working together in this industry. From late nights in Moncton to early morning flights out of Vancouver, like any young person trying to make a name for themselves in trucking, Lucas did everything asked of him and more. We would see each other in the strangest towns at some of the smallest events and after a while we joked at how we could never get together in Toronto or Milton… we’d see each other next in Columbus or Louisville.

More recently we sat on the Ontario Trucking Association’s Allied Trade Board together and were collaborating on a few projects. Lucas was getting involved in the Young Generation program and was moving up the career ladder. We also started making time to get together in Toronto, outside of work.

 

At 7:26 p.m. the night of his passing, I received an email from him. “Hey fella, count me in for your BBQ. Looking forward to it, thanks for the invite.” He didn’t have to say a lot for you to know how sincere and heartfelt he was. He would have been the funniest guy at the BBQ too.


We also got a kick out of the fact that we were both born on February 26th. “Good Pisces Swimmers” we would say.


My deepest condolences go out to Lucas’ family, friends, and colleagues. I know I speak for everyone in trucking who knew him, we’ve lost a great member of our family and he will be missed.

 

Friends and family are invited to visit at the Almonte Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte, on Friday, August, 16th from 6 to 9 pm.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 1:00 p.m. at the Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin Street. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Lucas may do so to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). Donations, condolences and tributes can be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com 

— Joe Glionna


 

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