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Avon Lake mourns the loss of beloved tech director Colin Blayney

Community in shock as St. Raphael's tech director dies in crash

The community of Avon Lake, Ohio, is grappling with the loss of Colin Blayney, whose untimely departure has left a void in the hearts of many. Blayney, known for his kindness and professionalism, was a cherished individual whose contributions as a technology director at both St. Raphael Parish School and the parish itself were widely respected. The unexpected news of his passing was shared on social media, drawing numerous messages of condolence and remembrance from those whose lives he touched.

It has been reported that on 18th January, a tragic accident occurred which led to the death of Colin Blayney. The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Elyria post provided details of the incident, revealing that Blayney was involved in a single-vehicle collision on Lake Road, also known as U.S. Route 6, near Vineyard Road. The crash took place shortly after 9:00 pm, and despite the swift response of the troopers from the Elyria Post, Blayney was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident unfolded when Blayney’s vehicle veered off the right side of the road, resulting in a collision with two utility poles. The news of his death has deeply affected the community, particularly those at St. Raphael Parish School, where he was not only a colleague but a friend to many.

Blayney’s role at St. Raphael involved a multitude of responsibilities, and he was known for his ability to be a kind, understanding, and patient presence. His knowledge and support were invaluable assets to the institution, and his departure has been felt by students, staff, and the parish community alike.

The outpouring of grief has been visible on social media, where individuals have shared photos and memories of Blayney, paying tribute to a man who made a significant impact with his work and character. The collective mourning is a testament to the positive influence he had on the lives of others.

As the community comes to terms with this loss, there is a shared hope that Blayney’s family finds comfort during this challenging time. The condolences and prayers being offered reflect the high regard in which he was held and the deep sense of loss experienced by those who knew him.

Further updates and information about this unfortunate event will be provided as they become available. The community continues to remember Colin Blayney and honour the legacy he leaves behind.

Jamie Cartwright

Jamie is a keen traveler, writer, and (English) teacher. A few years after finishing school in the East Mids, UK, he went traveling around South America and Asia. Several teaching and writing jobs, he found himself at The Thaiger where he mostly covers international news and events.