Article by Meredith MacLeod, CTV News
An Ontario man killed in a motorcycle accident in Mexico is being remembered as a happy, outgoing, big-hearted father of four who had a contagious, booming laugh and did all he could to help others in both countries in which he lived.
Shane King, 32, died Saturday night, shortly after colliding with the rear of a garbage truck in the El Canotal area of Isla Mujeres, where he lived half the year with his wife Amber King and their children Sydney, Quentin, Knox and Marz, ages 10, 8, 6 and 1.
Shane and Amber met in high school. He was from Sutton and she from the nearby Pefferlaw and the couple has been together since they were both 16. They had a wedding ceremony in the Dominican Republic in 2013 but officially got hitched in a Second Cup in Etobicoke, where they live half the year.
“We didn’t prepare any vows because we just assumed we would only have to sign some papers. That night, our vows to each other were ‘I promise to keep doing what I’ve been doing.’ That’s it short and sweet,” Amber wrote on Facebook after her husband’s death. “Those words have never meant more than now. At the hospital and then again yesterday when I identified him I promised to him out loud ‘I promise to keep doing what WE’ve been doing but I’ll do it better.’”
The family has spent part or all of the last four winters on the island just east of Cancun, said Amber in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca. They arrived for this season in November and planned to stay until the end of April.
“He was very giving. He always wanted to help people, whether financially or with his time or building things or helping people find the resources they need,” Amber said of her husband.
That spirit is being repaid to his family. A GoFundMe page has raised close to $47,000 of its $50,000 goal in just one day as of Monday afternoon.