Bobby Weir and mom Patti.

Bobby Weir returns home to Kitimat

Now Bobby Weir is back in his home in Kitimat, prepared to get back to his usual routines.

His story was told throughout the province and his circumstances rallied his workplace and the whole community to his side.

Now Bobby Weir is back in his home in Kitimat, prepared to get back to his usual routines.

“I’m walking with a cane now. I can do a little bit of a distance without the cane,” he said.

“Other than that, my arm movements are pretty much full.”

Weir’s ordeal began on December 5 last year, when winter conditions caused a highway collision, just outside of town.

With two in the car, Weir caught the worst of it when he became trapped by his seatbelt.

His passenger and friend Kevin Garret Dawson was also hurt, but far less so.

Dawson would wind up helping out three bystanders, John Tyler, his son Jake and their friend Dale Hession, ironworkers in town working on the smelter modernization.

The four battled time to cut Weir loose from his seatbelt and get him away from the car, which was on fire.

Since the accident — which Weir said he only remembers parts of — he has seen some of his rescuers.

Dale, who Weir said is in the Lower Mainland on a course, stopped by to see him, and of course loyal friend Dawson has been a big help during the recovery.

But Dawson won’t count his actions as credit for any favours. Weir said he feels like he owes him after what he did, but Dawson won’t have any of it.

Meanwhile, Weir saw a steady stream of family, friends and co-workers come to visit him in Vancouver.

This after what seemed like the entire community rallied behind him, donating money to either a credit union account or to a SuperValu charity barbecue, held just days after the accident.

“I didn’t know until a week later,” he said of the barbecue.

“When I was told, I was in tears, and happy.”

Many may remember the barbecue, which ran hours longer than initially scheduled, and raised over $18,000 for Weir.

That money would go to pay for various expenses, and Weir said he actually hasn’t physically seen the money, everything being handled for him.

Such a strong community reaction wasn’t quite expected by Weir.

“I expected a little bit, but not that much,” he said.

His SuperValu coworkers even went a step further. When Weir returned to his Kitimat home he found some renovations in his home, from new flooring to an updated bathroom and a new bed.

His mother Patti is by his side for now, spending time as he gets set back up.

She came to see her son every day for the first month he was in hospital.

The entire experience has been an amazing one, with so much attention to his situation, which included news stories even in provincial media outlets.

He’s been mostly indifferent to all the attention but said there is a part of him that’s appreciated it.

But at the end of the day, it’s being alive and having been helped so much that he enjoys the most.

“I’m happy to be here.”

Just Posted

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

LNG Canada sponsors fast-tracked driver’s license training in Terrace, Kitimat

The $80,000 contribution is part of the company’s commitment to hire locally

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

‘Just like Iron Man’: Calgary surgeon undergoes experimental spinal surgery

Dr. Richi Gill was in a freak accident on a boogie board during a family vacation in Hawaii

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Homicide police investigate assault turned deadly in Surrey

60-year-old man died at hospital after assault

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

Most Read