Hundreds of RCMP members and other emergency responders marched in a procession through the streets of downtown Moncton Wednesday afternoon for the regimental funeral of Constable Francis Deschênes.
Close friend RCMP Sergeant Dave Connors delivered the eulogy at the filled-to-capacity St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and spoke about how Deschenes always wanted to help people who needed help.
Connors shared a moment when Deschenes showed him the engagement ring he was going to give to his fiance Savannah who later became his wife.
“He had the perfect ring for you. He was beaming with this sense of excitement knowing that he was going to ask you to marry him. I remember the day we were out golfing in Amherst. He was excited. But it didn’t help his golf game I can tell you that,” he noted.
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Based in Amherst, 35-year-old Deschênes was killed in a car crash when he stopped to help a driver change a tire on the Trans Canada Highway near Memramcook last week.
He was originally from northwestern New Brunswick and he had just gotten married earlier this year.