CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A native of P.E.I. is dead after his snowmobile collided with a train in Quebec on Saturday.
Blaine James, 53, a native of St. Peters Bay and Montague, was at the head of a group of snowmobilers who were travelling on a path, said a Surete du Quebec spokesperson.
The man was struck by a two-locomotive train at a crossing. The SQ said there is a stop signal at the location where the collision occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m.
He was rushed to Amqui hospital where his death was later reported.
A family member says the death comes as a shock.
Barry James said his brother lived his life without regrets, died doing what he loved to do.
“When he got stressed out he would say, “Guys, it’s time to go fishing’ or “go snowmobiling” and then come back to whatever the problem was,’’ Barry James told The Guardian on Thursday.
“Some people get tense or they take it out on people. Whenever it got to a high stress situation, he’d be off to P.E.I. for goose hunting with our cousin in Morell, whatever the season allowed.’’
Blaine Bruce James had been living in Herring Cove, N.S., owner of the Seascape Building Maintenance company, which is responsible for cleaning large office towers, including Bell Aliant on P.E.I.
He was an avid sport fisherman of shark and tuna and was past president and founding member of the Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament.
Terry said his brother was also well known for hosting his annual community music festival at his cottage in Brudenell.
“He entertained the neighbourhood with a day of music each year. He even put in trailer hookups so people could come and stay. He probably had 15 trailer hookups in there. He’d have a couple of hundred people stay there (including some in tents).’’
Barry said his brother grew up in St. Peters but moved to Montague in his teens. Even though he moved to Nova Scotia 20 years ago, he spent as much time in P.E.I. as he possibly could.
“He was a great guy. He always had a smile on his face, a real pleasant guy. If he wasn’t that kind of guy he wouldn’t be having that kind of community party, that music festival. He was an outgoing generous guy.’’
Blaine Bruce James was predeceased by his parents, Wallace and Margaret (nee Downe) and is survived by his wife, Laura Lee (nee Irons), and son Tanner. He is also survived by brothers Brian, Terry and Barry and sisters Debbie and Cheryl.
A memorial service will be held at Halifax Exhibition Park, the Prospect Room, N.S., on Tuesday, March 14, at 1 p.m.
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