Family Prepares To Remember Victim of Fatal Killaloe-Area House Fire

Tragic news that many in the Killaloe area already knew was confirmed by police today.

The OPP have identified the man who died in a fire on Mask Road near Killaloe back on November 7 as 64-year-old Derek Ivimey.

Ivimey's remains were found by firefighters who were battling the flames at the home.

An extensive investigation then took place at the Coroner's office, with Ivimey's identity only now being confirmed by police, almost one month after the blaze.

The OPP have classified the fire as non-suspicious in nature, but have not provided any further details about the cause or origin.

The news comes just as Ivimey's family prepares to gather this weekend for a memorial service.

His sister Bev Ivimey tells Star 96.7 that her brother will be remembered for many positive things.

"For his generosity, his kindness .. his heart.  His beautiful heart", she said.

"You wanted something done, or you needed something ... he was there.  Both of them were there.  Heart of gold", she added.

Ivimey says the community response and support for Derek's widow Bonnie in recent weeks is an indication of how much he was loved and respected in the community.

"I told Bonnie, 'you and Derek were pillars in this community, you did everything for everybody'", she added.

"The way they treated people ... it comes back."

"Great people, kind loving people .. and it's coming back tenfold."