Nearly $200,000 has been raised for a Woodville family following the tragic death of a 27-year-old father of two last week.
An ONLINE FUNDRAISER for the family of Jake Webster, who died on Dec. 7, has garnered more than $193,000 worth of donations in roughly a week. It’s the top Canadian campaign on GoFundMe.
He leaves behind his wife, Maggie, and two small children – two-year-old William and 11-month-old Millie.
“Jake is loved by so many and always will be. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend. He created communities wherever he went; through sports, farming, hunting and his work as a firefighter in Pickering. His witty, funny, energetic and caring personality will never be forgotten,” reads a post accompanying the fundraiser.
“Jake was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Jake’s family now needs our help.”
Webster grew up on a farm in Woodville and settled there with his high school sweetheart to start a family.
An avid outdoorsman, Webster was also one of the area’s top rugby talents, suiting up for local, provincial and national clubs.
“Jake was a junior and men’s player with the club, as well as representing Canada in men’s Sevens and the World Junior 15s. Jake was a fierce competitor on the pitch and a loyal teammate and friend off the pitch,” reads a post from the Lindsay Rugby Football Club.
“Jake started playing Junior Rugby with our club and eventually played the rest of his career for Lindsay. As rugby players, we are all family,” reads a post from the Brock Rugby Club.
“We cannot put into words how much the rugby community hurts from the loss of Jake Webster. A legendary player who wholeheartedly left everything on the pitch, a loving father, husband and friend…Let’s give all the support and love we can during these hard times.”