"He Was Always Smiling": Family Of William Jones Hoping Organ Donation Helps Others
The family of a little boy who died in a collision just outside Pembroke last week is hoping other children will gain something from their tragic loss.
4 year old William Jones of Laurentian Hills died in a two vehicle crash on Forest Lea Road last Thursday, and his family made the decision to donate his organs for children in need.
William’s Great Aunt, Maggie Hailey, says it was a difficult but important decision in memory of the little boy who they loved so much.
"I think my brother and his wife hope a little bit of him passes on to the kids that he helps", Hailey told Pure Country 96.7's Tony Grace.
"When it came right down to it, everyone discussed it and decided that it was the right decision", Hailey said.
William had been living with his grandparents in Laurentian Hills for the last few months.
He was in a vehicle with them, on their way to check out the listings at the local drive-in theatre on Thursday, June 27, when the collision occured.
"He was a great little boy. He was always smiling, loved to fish, he loved to ride on the tractor with his grandpa", Hailey added.
"He was a handful", she chuckled.
William's grandparents were injured in the collision, and his grandfather remains in hospital with serious injuries that include broken ribs, and a collapsed lung.
His grandmother is also recovering from injuries that include a broken wrist and a shoulder injury.
Hailey says they've been going through a very difficult time, but the support of the community has been felt and appreciated.
Donations have been pouring in to a GoFundMe account called "Borrowed Angel: Gone To Soon", set up to help with William’s funeral arrangements.
"It's just been amazing, the way people come through", Hailey said.
"My brother's gotten a lot of messages from people in the neighbourhood. William's older brother, kids he had went to school with, want to come and see him and hug him. I've gotten so many messages, including one from a grandmother whose daughter gave a piece of kidney to her daughter because there wasn't a donor available".
Plans for a funeral for William in Oshawa are being organized, and Hailey says they're hoping to have a service here in the Ottawa Valley in the future as well.
The cause of last week’s collision is still under investigation by the OPP.