Hengeveld drowned in Englishtown Ferry incident

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Gerhardus (Jerry) Hengeveld

Jerry Hengeveld, the man who drove his Toyota Camry off the Englishtown Ferry and into St. Anne’s Bay died from drowning.

Bill Halliday, Hengeveld’s son-in-law, said the medical examiner has determined that there were not other medical factors, such as a heart attack or stroke, that would have caused the 81-year-old to accidently drive off the ferry.

Halliday said it appears that there will never be any clear explanation of what happened that day other than driver error. One thing he is certain of is that Hengeveld did not commit suicide.

He said his father-in-law was never depressed a day in his life and those who know him know he would never have taken his own life.

Hengeveld often drove for extended periods without taking a rest and could have been tired and become confused, though, Halliday said.

The family is still grieving the loss of the man who was known for his strong work ethic, love for family and devotion to church.

“My wife is still suffering from the shock,” he said. “I don’t know if she’ll ever get over it. She was so close to her dad.”

He said it was an answer to their prayer though that they were able to find the body with the car.

The family held a funeral in Pictou County and laid Hengeveld to rest next to his first wife in Heatherdale Gardens.

“We really needed that closure,” Halliday said.

Geographic location: Pictou County, Heatherdale Gardens

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