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‘He was a legend’: Fallen trucker was given a sendoff in style

Big rigs roll across the Cape Sable Island Causeway in a memorial convoy for the late Roger James Comeau of Barrington on Aug. 24. Described as a legend, Comeau was on one of his weekly hauls to New York City and New Jersey when he passed away suddenly on Aug. 14 .  KATHY JOHNSON PHOTO
Big rigs roll across the Cape Sable Island Causeway in a memorial convoy for the late Roger James Comeau of Barrington on Aug. 24. Described as a legend, Comeau was on one of his weekly hauls to New York City and New Jersey when he passed away suddenly on Aug. 14 . KATHY JOHNSON PHOTO - Kathy Johnson

BARRINGTON, N.S.– More than 50 big rigs rolled into Barrington one recent August day to give one of their own a sendoff in style.

A memorial convoy travelled through the community on Aug. 24 followed by a celebration of life at the Barrington and Area Lions Hall, where the music played, stories were swapped, a meal was served, and toasts given to the late Roger James Comeau.

The late Roger James Comeau was often described as a legend in the trucking business.
The late Roger James Comeau was often described as a legend in the trucking business.

Comeau was on one of his weekly hauls to New York city and New Jersey when he passed away suddenly on Aug. 14. Born in Digby on Nov. 24, 1950, Comeau had begun driving a truck when he was 18 years old, starting his own trucking company, High Roller Transport, in 1981. He had lived in Barrington since the early 1990s, and had formerly lived in Tracy, N.B.

“This is what he would have wanted. This is what he would love,” said Donna Crowell, as she and other volunteers did prep work for the meal on the day of the sendoff. “He was a legend. That is how they described him in New York and New Jersey. That’s not an easy run to do and he was a beast.”

For more than 30 years Comeau made 52 trips a year to New York city and New Jersey, delivering product for Sea Star Seafoods, Clark’s Harbour as well as other local businesses.

“He serviced southwest Nova to New York city every week,” said Cory Goreham, one of the organizers of the memorial convoy. “He was a very well-liked man,” who “would lend a helping hand to anybody” and was well known for “raising the devil all the time. He was a legend to everybody around here. There’s not a trucker in Nova Scotia that didn’t know Roger. He will be terribly missed by all.”

People looked over a display of photos at the celebration of life for trucker Roger James Comeau at the Barrington and Area Lions Hall. KATHY JOHNSON PHOTO
People looked over a display of photos at the celebration of life for trucker Roger James Comeau at the Barrington and Area Lions Hall. KATHY JOHNSON PHOTO

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