Wife of late truck driver attends Wilno’s Day of Mourning

WILNO – “I will attempt this; I am not saying I will get through it.”

Those were Nancy Culp’s first words as she stood in front of a solemn crowd gathered on Shrine Hill to mark the National Day of Mourning on April 28.

Clutching four balloons, Nancy was invited to speak about her late husband John, who passed away in a trucking accident on December 1, 2016 on Highway 60 near Deacon.

“That is a day that will forever be etched in my mind,” Nancy said. “It started as any other day. John left for work. I went about my day’s duties. I never dreamed how our lives, my life, my children’s lives, would be changed forever.”

She received a call, saying that there had been an accident involved John, and she was to come to the scene right away.

“I got this gut-wrenching feeling in my stomach and I knew it wasn’t good,” she said. “John died despite the valiant efforts of the first responders who tried to save his life. They worked tirelessly.”

John had a passion for trucks even as a small boy. His passion evolved and eventually, he was able to have his own business. Nancy said that’s where he was the happiest – behind the wheel of a truck.

While he didn’t mind driving well into the evening, he wasn’t fond of all the paperwork that was required for the job.

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