A funeral was held Tuesday for a popular west-end elementary school teacher and father who was killed in a hit-and-run collision while riding his bike to work last week.
Tom Samson was hit by two vans on Davenport Road at Lansdowne Avenue on Friday morning. He later died in hospital.
Samson’s funeral service was held at 1 p.m. at the Wychwood Barns on Wychwood Avenue, just south of St. Clair Avenue West. A private burial followed.
Samson, 35, was a married father of two and a popular Grade 2 teacher at Swansea Junior and Senior Public School. He taught at the school for eight years.
“Tom was an avid chess coach and player, many of his students will remember being soundly beaten by him,” principal Karen Ridley wrote. “He also coached the boys’ basketball team and led the Swansea Sharks to many victories.”
One of the drivers, 22-year-old Miguel Oliveira, was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death. Oliveira surrendered to police on Sunday. He was granted $40,000 bail on Monday.
Oliveira was on his way to work as a landscaper when he allegedly hit Samson, the court heard Monday. He has no prior convictions.
The driver of the other van does not face any charges.
With files from Michael Talbot