Ottawa police release Westboro bus crash victims’ family statements

Above, (left to right) Bruce Thomlinson, 56 years old, Judy Booth, 57 years old, and Anja Van Beek, 65 years old, died as a result of the Jan. 11 bus collision. Courtesy photos

OTTAWA — Ottawa police have now released statements given by each of the deceased victims’ families affected by the Jan. 11 bus collision in Westboro.

Bruce Thomlinson, 56

“We are devastated by the loss of Bruce and our condolences go out to the other families affected by this same tragedy. We want to thank the public for their thoughts and prayers. Bruce was dedicated to his family and will be missed by his wife and his two boys, and extended family and friends. He was the husband and father that gave us great joy in life through his silliness, sense of humour and love of the outdoors. We ask that you respect our privacy as we mourn the loss of Bruce during this difficult time.”

Judy Booth, 57

“This tragedy has shaken our family deeply. We thank everyone for their kind words and best wishes during this difficult time. Judy was a cherished wife to Ches and loving mother to both of her girls, Holly and Karen. She was an absolute treasure and a beautiful soul that will be profoundly missed by her family and many friends. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our wife and mother.”

Anja Van Beek, 65

“Anja Van Beek resided in Kanata with her husband and two daughters. She was a Federal Government employee on her way home from work Friday afternoon, on OC Transpo’s Bus 269. She leaves behind extended family in Ottawa, Toronto and the Netherlands. As you can understand, her family is grieving and would appreciate if you respected their privacy.”


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