A Montreal lawyer who grew up in Gatineau, Quebec, died in a camping accident in a US national park in Washington state, Radio-Canada has confirmed.
According to a statement released by the US National Park Service, Thomas Bernier-Villeneuve, 34, was crushed by a tree at Olympic National Park on August 30.
Park officials said a tree fell on the victim’s tent, which was at a remote campsite near Elk Lake.
Park rangers were dispatched to the scene the next day by helicopter.
The man’s body has been transferred to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, park officials said.
On social media, family members of the deceased said they were saddened by the news. They refused an interview with Radio-Canada.
He is remembered by his colleagues at Therrien Couture Joli-Coeur SENCRL as an energetic nature lover, including Caroline Côté.
“He was always smiling, always happy. He always wanted to help colleagues in need, always participating in all firm activities,” she said.