Dressed in Tiffany blue, friends and family of Francis Pesa flocked into a northeast church to pay their final respects to a young life lost.

Pesa, 20, died five days after suffering massive injuries in a New Year’s Day crash, allegedly at the hands of an impaired driver.

He’d returned to Calgary just hours earlier from the Philippines, where he and his family were helping in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which claimed 41 of their relatives’ lives.

Sadly, some relatives from the Philippines had to make the trip to Calgary this week to say goodbye to yet another family member.

“It’s so hard,” said Kaesha Adolfo, Pesa’s cousin who flew in from Tacloban for the funeral.

Though she and her family in the Philippines cried and prayed incessantly while Pesa fought for his life in hospital, Adolfo said she didn’t cry following his death until she came to Calgary and attended a viewing earlier this week.

“Seeing his scars, seeing him like that, that’s when I cried,” she said.

Those attending Pesa’s funeral were asked to wear Tiffany blue — his favourite colour — and also pinned on matching ribbons that would later be buried with Pesa’s casket, said family friend Reese Reyes.

She expected some 400 people would fill St. Mark’s Catholic Church for a mass Saturday afternoon and said hundreds had already attended another mass and two visitations earlier in the week.

The turnout was “humbling.”

It’s been a tough journey for the family since Pesa died, and it will continue — as a 36-year-old man faces charges in his death — but laying him to rest provided a small bit of comfort, Reyes said.

“He’s at peace now, so it gives the family peace in some regard,” she said.

Family and friends have touted the fact Pesa was always keen on getting people home safely, making the allegations of impaired driving causing his death incredibly sad.

“He was always our designated driver — even if he had to work at 7 a.m., even if he was low on gas, even if his parents were hounding him to get home, he would go out of his way to make sure we got home safe,” said one of Pesa’s best friends, Fernando Campos, Saturday.

Kulwinder Singh Chohan is facing impaired driving charges in relation to the crash that injured Pesa, though they are expected to be upgraded.

Source: The Calgary Sun


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