BBQ fundraiser to be held for family of deceased Oak Bay worker

BBQ fundraiser to be held for family of deceased Oak Bay worker
Steve Seekins, 52, was killed on the job on May 17, 2023.

A coworker of the man who was killed on the job in Oak Bay last week will be holding a BBQ fundraiser to raise money for his family.

On May 17, Steve Seekins, 52, was working on Monterey Avenue inspecting a manhole when a driver crashed into him then into a tree.

Oak Bay Police Chief Mark Fisher says the driver, a 66-year-old woman and resident of Victoria, was driving at a high rate of speed. The stretch of Monterey Avenue has a speed limit of 30 km/h.

“The male is deceased because of it,” said Fisher on May 17.

“On the face of it, it seems very senseless. It’s disturbing, it’s frustrating, and it’s upsetting to, I’m sure, all members of the community.”

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To raise money for his family, a coworker is hosting a BBQ on May 25 at Oak Bay Municipal Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A vehicle procession in front of the municipal hall will kick off the event to honour Seekins.

Pulled pork and brisket by donation will be served, with all proceeds going directly to Seekins’ family.

This fundraising event is in addition to a GoFundMe which has raised almost $100,000 in the six days since it was launched.

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The Times Colonist has reported that Seekins’ family is not entitled to life insurance since he was an auxiliary employee who started at the district in September. As a result, the union is hoping to raise enough money that would cover up to two years of salary in lieu of the life insurance.

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