Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

October 01, 2014 17:32 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Confirms Identity of Deceased Male

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2014) - Government of British Columbia -

For Immediate Release


October 1, 2014

Ministry of Justice

BC Coroners Service


BC Coroners Service confirms identity of deceased male

VICTORIA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male who died following an accident at an Osoyoos fruit farm where he had worked for the summer on Sept. 26, 2014.

He is Gabriel Gendreau-Martineau, aged 23, of St. Agathe, Quebec, a town in the Laurentians northwest of Montreal.

Mr. Gendreau-Martineau had spent the summer working on the Osoyoos fruit farm, but had concluded his work there. He was still tenting on the property prior to his planned departure later on Sept. 26, 2014.

On the morning of Sept. 26, 2014, a full-time worker on the farm found Mr. Gendreau-Martineau deceased at the base of a six-metre high pile of stacked fruit crates. Preliminary investigation suggests he was climbing the stack in the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 2014, when the top crate came loose, causing him to fall to the parking lot below.

The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP continue to investigate this death.

The family of Mr. Gendreau-Martineau has been notified of his death. On behalf of the family, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Barbara McLintock
    Coroner, Strategic Programs
    BC Coroners Service
    250 356-9253