Darren Dufour, a resident of Dawson Creek, passed away at the age of 49 years with heart complications. We lost our best friend. I call him my friend, though I'm his Mama. Why? Because that's how he treated me. I was there when he needed friendship, no matter what time. I enjoyed his laughter and his silly jokes.
Darren started driving at 16 and would do delivery work at the warehouse, but that was not what he really wanted to do. He wanted to drive the big rigs, not delivery trucks. Speaking of rigs, that's where he went off to work. Working in the oil patch and living in camps was great; he was making better wages - so he thought. Many times he would find himself in Edmonton with his rig buddies, even taking a cab from Grande Prairie to Edmonton until his money ran out. Darren would call home and say "Hey! Dad can you help a guy who has no money in Edmonton?" Of course, Richard would wire him money and head off to Edmonton to pick him up.
After a few times of that, his Dad convinced him to work at the warehouse and take the course to be a truck driver. Darren got his class 1 and started driving the big rigs. That's when his career began - he loved his job. One day Richard was short-handed for a driver for Fort Nelson freight. Darren could not go, Gord was on holiday, so Richard had to take the run. Darren, as he was, got on the phone and phoned Ken in Fort Nelson, saying "Hey, we sent a new guy, just started. He's new. I do not want him to quit." In the meantime, Ken is waiting for his freight, wondering who this new guy was. Nothing was ever mentioned about a new guy for the Fort Nelson run. To Ken's surprise, the truck backed in, the driver got out, and it was Richard. Ken phoned Darren, and they both had a good laugh.
Darren was the kindest and most gentle person you could find. He loved to travel to different countries with his family. He thought and spoke so well of his best buddies Shane, Billy, Danny, Chris, Joe, and Trevor.
Darren is survived by his sons Reed and Nate, parents Richard and Carol Dufour, brother Rick (JoAnne), and nieces and nephews: Mercedes, Jeremy, Gabrielle, and Ricky. Darren goes on to be reunited with his son Luke.
Darren will be sadly missed. Son, I love and miss you greatly. I’m sure everyone who knew him would say the same thing. You are dearly missed. Until we meet again, my son. I send my love and kisses to you on angel wings.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Darren to the Dawson Creek Hospital Foundation, 11100 - 13 Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Suite #200-885 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC, V6C 1N5.
We would like to express our gratitude to Richard and Sandy Beattie and all his wonderful staff, who kindly helped us through this difficult time, and our thanks to Flowers by Charene for the beautiful arrangement. Thank you all very much.
Very Respectfully, Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium