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Thousands raised for pregnant West Kelowna woman whose husband died in crash

The community is coming together in a major way to support a recently-widowed pregnant woman from West Kelowna.

Conor Roach, the operations manager at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, June 5.

He leaves behind his wife Kari Roach and their unborn child, as Kari is currently expecting the couple's first child.

“Conor was the light of Kari’s life, her unwavering rock and soulmate,” says a GoFundMe created by Jennifer McDonald and two others to support Kari through this unimaginable tragedy.

So far, the fundraiser has raised $28,000 toward a $50,000 goal.

<who>Photo Credit: GoFundMe

“Kari and Conor were so excited to learn that they were expecting a beautiful baby later this year,” the GoFundMe adds. “In the midst of unimaginable grief, we are rallying together to offer our support to Kari during this difficult time.”

According to McDonald and company, the funds raised will help alleviate the financial burden on Kari in three main areas.

The most urgent will be costs surrounding Conor’s celebration of life and funeral. Looking more long term, the money will help her with newborn expenses and relocation, as she’ll be moving closer to family.

“Every donation, no matter the size, will make a difference in Kari’s life as she rebuilds and adjusts to this new reality,” the GoFundMe says.

Conor was employed by Mission Hill Family Estate Winery for over five years before his untimely death, but his life with Kari in the Okanagan was a far cry from his upbringing.

Born in the early 90s, Conor grew up in Barbados and was a well-known member of the motorsport community in his home country.

A post from the Barbados Karting Association talked about his accomplishments as a teenager and young adult before he made the move to Canada.

“We send our condolences to Conor’s family, who are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time,” said BKA chairman Barry Mayers.

If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe in support of Kari, click this link.

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