Duncan man on dying wish road trip passes away surrounded by family

WatchA Duncan man who's dying wish was to take a last road trip across Vancouver Island has died.

The last time we saw Vince Watson, he was still so hopeful about the road trip ahead.

Watson who received a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in June hit the road in October for one final road trip around Vancouver Island.

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His wife, Tina, was at the wheel of their donated station wagon, and he laid in a mattress in the back.

“If I see a pull out by the water, I pull over just to have a look,” said the Duncan man back in October.

“I know I’m not going to live forever but I’m happy.”

The station wagon was donated by Galaxy Motors and many people along the way helped Vince and Tina feel at home on the road.

“Oh it’s unbelievable,” said Vince in October.

“I didn’t think there were people left in the world like that.”

They made it to Powell River but Watson fell and broke his ankle. He then had to back to Duncan.

Vince never continued on to Tofino as hoped. His health with pancreatic cancer deteriorated fast and only weeks later, on Sunday Nov. 10, he died in Cowichan District Hospital surrounded by family.

“And it’s just come too soon,” said Tina.

“I just wanna believe that he’s still with me, just looking for a sign or something.”

Tina said thank you for the comfort and support from CHEK viewers that made Vince’s last days so much easier. She said he was touched by the kindness.

“He thought it was amazing,” said Tina.

“He said he didn’t think there were so many caring people out there.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. Vince Watson was 63-years-old.

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