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Victim of Monashee avalanche identified

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a Coldstream man who died in an avalanche near Cherryville Saturday.

Adrian John (A.J.) Cleary, 34, was one of a group of six persons who went snowmobiling in the Monashee Mountains near Keefer Lake.

At about 2:15 p.m., an avalanche struck, burying Cleary under as much as five metres of snow. After Cleary was found and rescued, he was transported to Kelowna General Hospital but he was not able to be resuscitated.

The B.C. Coroners Service and the RCMP continue to investigate this death.

Silver Star Mountain Resort has opened a trust fund for Cleary’s family today and resort president Jane Cann donated $1,000 to launch the fund.

Cleary, who was a nurse at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, worked as a part-time employee at the resort last summer and was a downhill mountain biking coach.

“My wife worked with A.J. at the hospital and my son was coached by him,” said Brad Baker, resort acting general manager.

“We’re all shocked and saddened by this news. We will remember A.J. for being a passionate mountain biker who was an inspiration to all young riders.”

Cleary’s wife is pregnant with their first child.

Donations made out to the Baby Cleary Trust can be dropped off at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation office in the hospital.

 

 

 

 

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