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Orillia man killed in ATV accident mourned

By Roberta Bell, Orillia Packet & Times

Andy Blackwell

Andy Blackwell


A young Orillia man died in an ATV accident Monday in Oro-Medonte Township.

Twenty-year-old Andy Blackwell, a student at Fanshawe College in London, was home to work for the summer when his life was cut short.

“Andy was a true lover of life and spread his radiance, love and charm everywhere he went,” a family member said in an email to The Packet & Times Tuesday. “He was a friend to all. His wittiness and humour will be remembered by all who loved and knew him.”

Blackwell was using a Kawasaki four-wheeler while working a summer job on a rural Horseshoe Valley Road property when the accident occurred just before 5 p.m., said OPP Const. Lynda Cranney.

The four-wheeler was found on its side, she said. No other vehicles were involved.

Blackwell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Born and raised in Orillia, Blackwell attended both Guardian Angels and Monsignor Lee Catholic schools. In 2011, he graduated from Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School.

He played bass in a local band, Seven Shades, and hoped to forge a career in the music industry.

The ATV accident doesn’t appear to be suspicious, but Cranney said Barrie OPP’s investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation unit.

A post-mortem was scheduled for Tuesday.

Blackwell is survived by his mother, Kimberley, and brother, Mitchell. His father, Jim Blackwell, died earlier this year.

A celebration of life will take place for family and friends Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Twitter: @roberta__bell

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