David Grant (top right) with wife Jackie Redmond and their four children.
David Grant and Jeffrey Laughren, who perished in a farmhouse fire in St-Isidore on July 23, were dedicated community members and affectionate family men who will be greatly missed, friends and family members say.Relatives of Jeffrey Laughren said Grant would visit Laughren to help out with the latter’s junk disposal business.
Jeffrey Laughren with his girlfriend, Rachel Duval.
“Jeff was the hardest-working son-of-a-gun I’ve ever seen,” Marc-Antoine Laughren, cousin of Jeffrey, a 36-year-old St-Isidore resident, said Monday.Marc-Antoine said Jeffrey would work 40-50 hours per week at Ivaco Rolling Mills in L’Orignal, then return home to his junk removal business.“He was always there to help you … Everybody in St-Isidore knew him because of all the community events,” Marc-Antoine said.Jeffrey would sponsor community events and through his business often made contributions for fundraisers at his daughter’s school.“He was just a jolly old fellow. You would have a beer with him and he would be funny. He would work in the evenings and you would come visit him, and he’d be like, ‘You want a beer?’ ‘Yeah, sure!’ And then he’d give you a beer, but he’d find a way to make you work for you for free labour! So he was pretty funny … great guy, just a great guy,” Marc-Antoine said.Jeffrey’s younger sister, Jennifer Laughren, said he was also close with her children. She had planned to include her brother in her wedding party this fall. “He wasn’t standing with the groomsmen, he was standing with us on the bridesmaids’ side.”Marc-Antoine said he also knew Jeffrey’s “business buddy,” Grant, whom he described as “a great guy, fun guy” and a “great father.”Grant, a 44-year-old resident of Clarence-Rockland, leaves his wife, Jackie Redmond and their four children between the ages of nine and fifteen.
David Grant with his wife, Jackie Redmond.
“The epitome of a family man, everything Dave did was for the love of his life, Jackie, and the support and care of their four wonderful children,” a GoFundMe page says, detailing quality time for “family board games, father–son martial arts classes” and “father–daughter movie marathons.”Grant had worked for the Royal Canadian Mint for nearly a decade, most recently as a production supervisor. “Dave was an amazing man and a boss,” one commenter on the GoFundMe page wrote.As of Monday evening, the GoFundMe campaign for Redmond and the four children (at the GoFundMe page here) had raised more than $18,000 of its $25,000 goal.