In Loving Memory
of Joseph Daniel Achilles
September 28, 1989 to
June 7, 2003
Joseph was killed the morning of June 7, 2003 by a tragic accident. He was hiding and was crushed by a cement drainage tile. He was rushed to a London hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Any comments, memories, pictures, etc. can be posted at groups.msn.com/lazerlizard
From The Beacon Herald Mon. June 9, 2003:
WARTBURG - When he wasn't hitting golf balls or shooting hoops, Joey Achilles was cheering on his favourite driver on the NASCAR circuit.
Joey would have loved to have seen Tony Stewart burn up the field at Pocono Raceway but, sadly, the 13-year-old didn't get a chance to see Sunday's NASCAR race.
A tragic accident in the Meadowview subdivision in Wartburg a day earlier claimed the life of the popular Central Perth Public School student.
Joey was working on his golf game early Saturday morning in his backyard. Later in the morning, he started playing around a concrete culvert on Nuhn Drive, near his home.
The culvert, which was waiting to be installed in the ground, became dislodged. Friends of Joey's sister found him pinned underneath the culvert and went to get some adults who moved the object. CPR was performed until paramedics arrived at the scene around 10:30 a.m. He was airlifted to London Health Sciences Centre where he was pronounced dead.
Const. Glen Childerley of Perth OPP said the concrete culverts at the construction site were not stacked evenly. "It was tippy," he said. The Ministry of Labour was contacted but did not attend the site because it was not a live construction accident.
Described as a great kid who loved life by a family spokesperson, Joey was looking forward to joining the basketball team at Northwestern Secondary School in the fall. A member at the Stratford municipal golf course, Joey also played Rotary Hockey.
The tragic events response support team was at Central Perth Public School this morning to support teachers and students. Principal Janet Shivas said the "excellent athlete" was well liked by his peers.
The Grade 8 student played volleyball and basketball and competed in track and field for his school. "Any sport that was available he would play, he loved sports," said Ms. Shivas. Joey also gave back by helping run the intramural program. "We have had extended support from throughout the community. It seems like the entire community has pulled together," said Ms. Shivas.
Joey is the son of Dan and Karen and he is survived by brother Donny and sister Karlee.
Death Announcement from The Beacon Herald Mon. June 9, 2003:
Joseph Daniel Achilles, age 13, of Wartburg died suddenly as a result of an accident on Saturday, June 7, 2003. Joey is the loving son of Dan and Karen. Dear brother of Donny and Karlee. Loving grandson of Keith and Donna Aitcheson, Keith and Kathy Schaeffer. Lovingly remembered by aunts, uncles and cousins: Mike and Louise Hansford and their children Jessica, Jennifer and J.D.; Kevin and Joan Aitcheson and their children Katelyn, Tyson and Michaila; Ray and Vickie Aitcheson and their children Chaney and Jalen; Chris and Tom Ney and their children Jenna and Jacob; Dwayne Achilles, Sue Achilles and their daughter Meghan; Denise Schaeffer; Diane Schaeffer, Doug Blaine and their daughter Breanne; Kevin Schaeffer. Also survived by his great-grandmother Marie McTaggart and many great aunts and uncles. Predeceased by his grand- father Donald Achilles. Joey was a popular student and devoted friend at Central Perth Public School. He was also an avid golfer and fanatical NASCAR race fan. Through his big, brown eyes and devilish smile he touched the lives of all he knew.