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GoFundMe for Fergus woman killed in head-on collision raises more than double its target

Amy Ruth Stiles, age 38, was killed Thursday, leaving behind her husband Randy and three sons between the ages of 8 and 12
Amy Stiles GoFundMe
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A crowdfunding initiative created to raise $10,000 in support of the family of a woman killed Thursday has collected more than double the goal — and climbing.

Amy Ruth Stiles, age 38, was killed Thursday when the Mazda 3 she was in collided head on with a Ford dump truck near Elora, said the GoFundMe page set up in her memory.

Stiles was pronounced dead at the scene, said OPP.

“She was a registered nurse, college teacher and all-around exceptional human being. She leaves behind a grieving husband and three beautiful young children, ages 8, 10 and 12, all of whom are shocked and struggling to cope with Amy's unexpected death,” said the post on the GoFundMe page.

Stiles leaves behind her husband Randy and three sons between the ages of 8 and 12, Preston, Darian and Julian.

Donations are being accepted to ‘help Amy's amazing family through this extraordinarily difficult time’, said the post.

At press time, $26,212 had been raised in just three days.

On Friday, flags at the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union (OPSEU) head office were lowered to half-mast in memory of Stiles, a Local 237 member who was a nursing faculty member at Conestoga College.

Stiles was the coordinator for the Personal Support Worker program at Riverside Glen in Guelph, said the release.

Stiles was on her way home a rally at Queen’s Park in support of the striking faculty members at the time of the collision, an OPSEU news release said.

In the release, OPSEU preseident Warren (Smokey) Thomas said he was heartbroken for Stiles’ family, friends, collegues and students.

“I know all OPSEU members at the colleges, and throughout the union, have Amy in their thoughts.” He said.

Picket lines at Conestoga College’s Guelph campus came down Friday in a show of respect for Stiles.

Local 237 is setting up an education fund for Stiles’ sons. People wishing to make a donation are asked to contact Local president Lana-Lee Hardacre by emailing [email protected]


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