Thousands expected at Mountie’s N.B. funeral

Thousands are expected to take in today’s funeral of a former Nova Scotia Mountie killed in Haiti’s devastating earthquake.
Published : January 28, 2010

Thousands are expected to take in today’s funeral of a former Nova Scotia Mountie killed in Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

The service for Sgt. Mark Gallagher is being held at a church in Woodstock, N.B., at 2 p.m., but seating is limited, so the RCMP have announced two overflow locations: A civic centre in Woodstock and the Moncton Wesleyan Church.

The funeral will be broadcast live in New Brunswick on Rogers TV.

Gallagher, a RCMP spokesman for both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, left Halifax last July to train Haitian police as part of a UN mission.

Gallagher’s wife, Lisa, said she spoke with her husband just 30 minutes before the quake. The remains of the Bathurst, N.B., native were recovered under the collapsed remains of the building where he was living.

The funeral of a second Mountie killed in the earthquake took place yesterday morning in Ottawa. RCMP Supt. Doug Coates, 52, was the acting commissioner of MINUSTAH, the United Nations’ stabilization mission in Haiti. He was attending a meeting at the UN command centre in Port-au-Prince when the 7.0-magnitude quake hit.

 
 
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