A local car enthusiast and WAMBO volunteer is getting a classic send-off by his friends and family.
Wallaceburg’s Oscar Authier died peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by his family, at the age of 82.
Oscar’s son David Authier told the Sydenham Current that his family is trying to get as many classic cars as possible to join the funeral procession on Thursday, August 27.
“If it involves cars, he was involved,” David said.
“He owned three 1970 Cutlasses, which are all going to be at the church and they are going to lead the funeral procession. We are all going to be driving them. We have four boys so we are all going to be in the Cutlasses and then we are going to have as many old cars as we can over at Cavanagh’s and they are going to join into the funeral procession with us.”
David added: “It is just our way to pay tribute to my Dad because he was so involved with it. He was involved with WAMBO quite heavy for collecting donations. I don’t think he ever missed a WAMBO.”
David said cars were his father’s passion.
“My Mom supported it and it’s just our way to say a final thank you for everything he taught us and how much he loved cars,” he said.
David said his father was a dedicated family man first and foremost.
“He was a hell of a man,” he said.
“He worked at the Glass Factory for 44 years and he was all about his family. That was his main focus and cars were his second focus. He was very respectful. I like to say he was known by many and loved by all… that is really the best way to put it.”
David said WAMBO was always something his father worked hard for.
“He was on the sub committee of WAMBO and every year he would be one of the main guys for the car show to go around and take donations,” he said. “He was just that guy. If they needed something to be done they would give Oscar a call because they knew he would go do it. Even after he was 80 years old he was running around getting donations.”
Donations in honour of Oscar are being accepted at the funeral home, earmarked for the WAMBO committee as well.
A visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Church with the interment to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Port Lambton.
Oscar’s friends with antique automobiles are encouraged to park in the grass lot, with the big pine tree, across from the funeral home for the procession to the cemetery.
David said he knows his dad will be smiling down at them during the procession.
“He would have a huge smile for sure,” he said.
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