‘He was our glue’: Family prepares for vigil for Kelowna cyclist killed in semi collision

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Ernie Gabbs died doing what he loved.The Kelowna man was hand-cycling Monday afternoon when he and a semi collided at a busy intersection in Kelowna.“He was a teddy bear, he was so loving and giving,” an emotional Jill Gabbs told Global News when asked to describe her dad. “Funny, so funny, he just lit up a room.”

A vigil will be held for Ernie Gabbs on Sunday in Kelowna at the crash site at Dilworth Drive and Highway 97.

A vigil will be held for Ernie Gabbs on Sunday in Kelowna at the crash site at Dilworth Drive and Highway 97.ContributedJill and her twin sister Jennifer live in Arizona. They flew to the Okanagan upon news of the tragedy.“He was our glue, he was the spoke — no pun intended — to our wheel,” Jill said.READ MORE: Osoyoos intruder sentenced to 731 days, also banished, in foiled home invasion attemptErnie Gabbs, 69, who was a paraplegic because of a workplace accident nearly 30 years ago, was hand-cycling north on Dilworth Drive when a semi attempted to make a right turn from Dilworth onto the highway. The two collided.Story continues below

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