Tributes paid to former Pembrokeshire couple following fatal Canada crash
5:02pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Pembrokeshire couple, who tragically died in a crash on a Canada highway last week.
Sally-Ann, 66, and Roger King, 64, emigrated to Canada 35 years ago and were long-term residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
They died in a crash on Highway 63, last Wednesday (October 23).
Sally-Ann and Roger, originally from Neyland and Milford Haven respectively, both attended Milford Haven School, and Roger played rugby for Milford.
They married in 1972 and moved to Canada in 1978, after Roger got a job with crude oil producers, Syncrude.
Roger’s brother, Alan King, from Haverfordwest, said: “He was a fantastic brother and they were a lovely couple. I can’t really say anything more than that.
“At least one of them came back to visit every year and sometimes they would come back together.
“They maintained friends and family in Pembrokeshire and they have always been committed to the county.
“A lot of people in Pembrokeshire will still know them and know them very well.”
Roger, a member of the local Masonic Lodge, continued working for Syncrude, while Sally-Ann taught at Keyano College.
They had bought a holiday home on Vancouver Island, with the intention of retiring there.
Alan added: “It’s just devastating. We are all gutted – you just don’t expect these sort of things.
“And to go together, I know it’s hard, but in some ways it was the best thing. It’s hard to imagine one without the other.”
Paying tribute to the couple, Alan added: “Roger was a fantastic, beautiful man, just a friendly outgoing person.
“I bet you couldn’t find anyone who would say a bad word about him or Sally - they were such a lovely couple.”
Alan was due to fly out to Canada this morning (Wednesday).
Speaking to the Canadian newspaper, Fort McMurray Today, Sally-Ann and Roger’s son, Alistair, 34, said: “The thing that gives me solace is that they loved each other and they lived together and then they died together.”
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