Chantal Frappier is now faced with raising two sons and running a 40-hectare cattle farm.

Her fiancé Chris Pys was such a huge part of how things worked on the farm, not to mention the love of Frappier’s life.

The high school sweethearts were together for 21 years until he was killed in a Campbell River crash two weeks ago.

“Yeah, it was nothing unusual. It was just a regular workday for him and never would I have thought it would?ve been the last day that I saw him,” said Frappier.

Thirty-nine-year-old Pys was a faller and had left their Merville home at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 2.

Heading north on Highway 19 his car was struck by another vehicle in the intersection at Jubilee Parkway in Campbell River.

His car ended up in the ditch and he was seriously injured but the other vehicle left the scene. The suspected driver was later tracked down in the Oyster River area.

Police say the investigation continues but no charges have been laid yet.

Pys was rushed to hospital and Frappier was able to see him one last time, but he died soon after.

Frappier says she cannot bring herself to talk about the fact that the other driver left Pys at the scene to die.

“I haven?t even gone there,” she said. “I can?t even, for healing right now, I can?t even bring my heart to that place because it?s so devastating to me that I?m just trying to believe that these are the cards we are dealt with right now and I have to be strong and go on.”

They have two sons together, aged 9 and 14, and after 21 years together, they were going to get married this July.

“Yeah the poor boys they are still in shock, you know he was our everything. Even after 21 years we had a really wonderful relationship and we did a lot of stuff together.”

Pys did not have life insurance so friends have set up a GoFundMe page to support his family. You can find a link to it here.

Dean Stoltz