Darren’s Day tribute to devoted dad

PALMERSTON – A celebration of family and community will be held here in honour of Darren More on Family Day.

“Family, community and giving back were fundamental elements of Darren More’s life,” states a press release from organizers.

The Palmerston man, who was killed July 11, 2018 as a result of a motor vehicle collision with a stolen vehicle operated by a man charged with impaired driving, was a husband, father, son, brother and friend. 

“This loss has been profoundly felt by those who knew him,” the release states.

More was active in minor sports, community events and family initiatives. In the spirit of giving back to the community and helping to fill the footprint he left, Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW), Minto Fire Service, the Palmerston Marlins Ball Club and Palmerston Lions Club have joined More’s family to host Darren’s Day at the Palmerston Community Complex on Family Day, Feb. 18.

Starting with a Firefighters’ Breakfast in the community hall at 8am, events continue outside throughout the day until 2pm. Activities include Winter Festival events from CSGW, a lunch booth by Palmerston Lions and a noon highlight: the “Tug A Truck” competition between Wellington County OPP officers and Minto Firefighters. 

“Come see who can pull a fire truck the farthest and fastest,” organizers urge.

The Palmerston Marlins organization will host a Sno-Pitch Tournament, combining the love of softball with the challenge of winter conditions. 

A number of additional events are being finalized and updates can be found at www.csgw.tips – Darren’s Day.

“Darren’s Day isn’t just for the residents of Palmerston,” stated CSGW program coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter.

“Because we know Darren has family in Wellington North, Mapleton and Minto. We want everyone and anyone who wants to celebrate family and community to come out and enjoy these events, and remember a very special husband and father.”

Admission is by donation, except for the food services, which will have separate pricing. All funds raised through Darren’s Day will go to community improvement initiatives, minor sports and Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington.