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Number 11 of Top 12 of 2012

LANGLEY (NEWS1130) – Thousands shared in a family’s grief as a young Surrey RCMP officer was laid to rest last month.

Police from throughout the Lower Mainland and elsewhere in Canada, the US, and even Australia came to Langley to pay their respects as 28-year old Constable Adrian Oliver was given a full regimental funeral on November 20th.

Oliver died a week before when his unmarked cruiser and a transport truck collided.

Inside an auditorium, Oliver’s twin brother and fellow constable Ben tried to find the right words to describe his sibling. “As I was trying to figure out what part of him I wanted to tell you about, I realized nothing I say here and no words I put on this paper can even begin to describe who he was.”

Oliver’s spouse, Shelagh Mitchell called him the love of her life. “Adrian, the love we share is enough to fill me for a lifetime. I will think about you every second of every day. I love you.”

While police, many of them in red serge, made up the majority of those who attended the funeral, others came too, moved by the story and the loss.

“My heart just sinks, because I know what they go through,” said one attendee.

“Very nice young man from what I hear and very sad that his career was cut so short,” added another.

Hundreds also contributed to the RCMP’s online condolence page.