Looks like we had ourselves a convoy.
The community paid tribute to Brenda Fry in memorable fashion after she recently lost her battle with COVID-19.
Eighteen truckers were joined by numerous drivers of smaller trucks and cars in the Brenda Fry Memorial Convoy Nov. 21.
Dan Scott, Garrett (BA Baracus) and Duane Tommy organized the event after the wife of trucker Pete Fry of Crofton died from the effects of the virus.
The truckers marshalled at the Coronation Mall in Ladysmith for an hour before departing.
“While there we can collect donations for the Fry family to help cover Brenda’s service costs,” noted Scott at the time.
Hot chocolate and coffee was provided at the start of the convoy that proceeded along the back roads from Ladysmith and through Chemainus to Crofton, with horns sounding while going past the Fry residence at the bottom of Bonsall Hill. The group then circled through town before heading back along Crofton Road where some gathered at the Fry property.
Trucks were decorated with balloons in Brenda and Pete’s wedding colours.
Wendy Carey of Crofton started a GoFundMe page in mid-October while there was still hope Brenda would pull through.
The page is continuing to help out the family and has raised $8,330 since inception.
“Pete is still struggling, if you can help out please do,” noted Carey. “Thanks to all who have been so generous.”
“I cannot thank you enough, all of you brothers and sisters of the trucking industry and your wives,” Pete offered in a Facebook post.
Pete Fry is also a community-minded guy who previously organized the seven o’clock horn honking and clanging pots in Crofton at the outset of the COVID outbreak in March of 2020 to thank all the health care workers.