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Ottawa Valley communities rallying to support the family of the late Alex Spidle

By Anthony Dixon, The Daily Observer

Alex Spidle and his daughter Makkenzie. Alex was involved in a single vehicle crash on Mud Lake Road on Aug. 12 and died as a result of his injuries. A GoFundMe.com campaign, started to assist Alex's fiance Jenna Whipps and the couple's daughter Makkenzie, has been set up. So far the community has donated over $27,000 to help the family.

Alex Spidle and his daughter Makkenzie. Alex was involved in a single vehicle crash on Mud Lake Road on Aug. 12 and died as a result of his injuries. A GoFundMe.com campaign, started to assist Alex's fiance Jenna Whipps and the couple's daughter Makkenzie, has been set up. So far the community has donated over $27,000 to help the family.

A Go Fund Me campaign will help lessen the burden on a young, local family coping after tragedy struck.

On Aug. 12 of this year, at 7:30 a.m., 25-year-old Alex Spidle was driving an SUV to work along Mud Lake Road between Sawmill Road and Paul Martin Drive when the vehicle left the asphalt, flipping and rolling before crashing into a utility pole.

Police closed the road and the Pembroke Fire Department was dispatched to extricate Alex from the wreckage. Renfrew County paramedics transported him to hospital by ambulance, but young Alex died in hospital over the weekend following the crash.

Alex was preparing to marry his fiance Jenna Whipps and the couple has a two-year-old daughter named Makkenzie. The wedding was only weeks away when tragedy engulfed the family, placing upon them considerable emotional and financial strain.

Bill Whipps, who would've been Alex's brother-in-law, set up a fund to help support Jenna and two-year-old Makkenzie.

And the community has certainly responded. When the fund was set up, it had a modest goal of $5,000. However, in only eight days, donations of over $27,000 have been raised for the family.

Alex, a graduate of the radiation safety program at Algonquin College, had started a job at SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. a few months ago and it was to work there he was travelling that fateful morning.

Stephane Levesque, president of SRB Technologies, described Alex as an exemplary employee and a provider for his young family, working and studying his way through school to create the kind of life he felt his daughter deserved.

"Alex made a big impression on all of us in a short period of time," Levesque said. "He was very smart, respectful and everybody loved him. He was a good man, who often spoke of his daughter and was looking forward to getting married. Our staff is devastated by the loss of Alex and we will do everything we can to help Jenna and Makkenzie and keep the memory of Alex alive."

Anybody wishing to donate to this young family in need can go to www.gofundme.com and type "Alex Spidle" in the search field.

Alex Spidle was originally from Burlington, Ont. but was now a resident of Foresters Falls.