March 18, 2017 12:10 pm
Updated: March 18, 2017 9:06 pm

Regimental funeral held Saturday for Quebec RCMP officer killed in collision with tractor

WATCH ABOVE: Hundreds attended the funeral for Richer Dubuc in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Saturday. The 42-year-old RCMP officer and father of four died in a collision with a tractor on March 6. Global's Matt Grillo reports.

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A regimental funeral was held Saturday afternoon in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. for an RCMP officer who died after a crash between his vehicle and a farm tractor.

Richer Dubuc, 42, died on March 6 in Lacolle, near the U.S.-Canada border.

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A native of the region of Joliette, Dubuc counted seven years of service with the RCMP, joining the New Brunswick Codiac Detachment in November 2009 after his graduation from the academy.

Last January, he joined the Integrated Border Enforcement Team based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Hundreds of RCMP members in uniform, as well as police officers from other agencies, and first responders marched in a procession ahead of the funeral.

Several roads were closed to ensure the safety of the marchers and members of the attending public.

The ceremony began at 3 p.m. at the Garrison Military Base located at 25 Grand-Bernier Rd. S.

The father of four is being remembered by his colleagues as a “gentle giant.”

“He will be remembered as always having a smile on his face, but also the type of person who always stood up for others and was there to lend a hand either at work or in his personal life,” New Brunswick RCMP Supt. Paul Beauchesne said in a statement.

Those who were unable to attend can still send a message of condolence to the family via the RCMP website.

–With files from Matt Grillo and the Canadian Press

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