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Family, faith, fishing and nature important to missing P.E.I. captain

Glen DesRoches, 55, with two of his grandchildren, Holden and Kayden. DesRoches and his friend, Moe Getson, have been missing since their fishing boat sank Tuesday. – Joanne DesRoches photo -
Glen DesRoches, 55, with two of his grandchildren, Holden and Kayden. DesRoches and his friend, Moe Getson, have been missing since their fishing boat sank Tuesday. – Joanne DesRoches photo - Contributed

‘I just wish he were still here’ – sister

TIGNISH

Loving words flow as Cheryl DesRoches describes her brother, Glen DesRoches.

“If you ever got to talk to him, you’re so fortunate,” she said. “When he talked to you, his heart was into it.”

She’s missing those talks and she’s missing Glen. Glen DesRoches, 55, and fellow Tignish fisherman Moe Getson, 54, have been missing since Tuesday when Glen’s lobster boat, the Kyla Anne, was lost on the North Cape reef. Families of both men, as well as many friends, neighbours and community members continue to actively search for them.

“We’re waiting for this storm to blow over,” she said Saturday as wind howled and white caps rolled along the rugged North Cape coast. She knows people are regularly checking coastline far away from Tignish, too.

Despite the immense grief the families are under, she said they are drawing comfort from the many people who are searching, and who are dropping in to their homes to visit and offer their support and encouragement. “Selfless people,” she said.

DesRoches describes the two missing men as close friends. “They were like two peas in a pod,” she said, looking out for one another.

His love of family, of nature and fishing rank high among the memories DesRoches holds for her brother. She’s proud of the man who she describes as very giving, a grandfather who would pick up his grandson for Sunday Mass, a husband who would write little notes for his wife.

She says the entire family, his wife Lorna, their children Shannon, Sheldon, Lucas and Kyla, and grandchildren Bella, Jayden, Kayden and Holden, as well as his parents and brothers and sisters are grieving.

But they are also draw comfort from the knowledge he is at peace. “Glen was a very faithful person,” she said, noting his active participation in his church and in the Knights of Columbus.

She talks about the need to bring the two men home and of the need for closure for the families and the community.

“He’s a unique human being. I just wish he were still here. We all do.”

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