Funeral held for teacher killed in hit-and-run
Published Tuesday, November 27, 2012 5:27AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:11PM EST
A funeral was held Tuesday for a 35-year-old teacher who was killed in a hit-and-run last week.
Tom Samson was cycling when he was struck by two vehicles at Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road last Friday morning.
Toronto police said the driver of the first vehicle that struck Samson did not remain at the scene, but investigators later charged a suspect.
Samson's funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Artscape Wychwood Barns, near Christie Street and St. Clair Avenue.
The father of two was a Grade 2 teacher at Swansea Public School, near Bloor Street West and Windermere Avenue, in the city’s west end.
“He shared his love of life with everyone he met – his music, his chess, his basketball, his sense of humour and most importantly his smile,” the school wrote on its website. “First and foremost though, he was a devoted husband and father to his two children, aged 7 and (nearly) 5. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
The school’s council has set up a trust fund for Samson’s family. The account is at the Bank of Montreal branch at Bloor and Windermere (transit No. 0367, account No. 8980907).
Parents can drop off cheques, made payable to “SSC – Tom Samson Memorial Fund,” at the school.
According to the school, Samson’s family is asking people to donate to the Toronto Public Library Foundation to honour his love of reading and his dedication to helping young readers.
On Monday, 22-year-old suspect Miguel Oliveira was released on bail. Oliveira is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.
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