A fundraiser has been set up for the man who died earlier this week while pruning a tree in Oak Bay.
Eddie Mather, who is from Australia and identified by a monument at the scene, died on Tuesday while working to remove of Garry oak tree at Byng Street and McNeil Avenue.
Mather is described as a “beautiful friend, brother and son,” who exuded undeniable positive energy and a “thirst for life.”
His family is working with funeral coordinators in an effort to bring his body home to Australia.
“We’re asking for everyone’s help to donate anything they can, to help ease the financial burden on his family in order to bring Eddie home,” reads the fundraiser.
WorkSafeBC is investigating the Oct. 20 incident. On Tuesday, it took investigators hours to analyze and unpack the scene due to branches that had fallen on wires above. Mather’s body could not be removed until the wires were cleared.
In less than a week, more than $27,000 has been raised, with the goal of raising $30,000
To make a donation visit bit.ly/3kBDv2k.
– With files from Nina Grossman