Jeff's family, friends & medical professionals were blindsided & stunned by his death. It did not seem possible that someone who was so cared about & loved could feel so lost & alone. A testimony to Jeff's positive effect on his friends was the over 300 tow trucks that took part in his funeral procession & the desire to help the community by bringing awareness to mental health & suicide issues. Two thousand dollars was raised by the drivers at the funeral & the money was donated to Pathstone Mental Health in St. Catharines. Jeff's family joined the group of friends & the Jeff McKillop Memorial Fund & the Memorial Car & Truck Show were formed. The goal is to become a charitable organization.
The first annual Jeff McKillop Memorial Charity Car & Truck Show took place in August 2018, 3 months to the day after his death, & was a great success. Plans are now underway for the next car show & swap meet, which will be held on June 15, 2019. The Grimsby Seniors Choir was very supportive of the first show & many members worked hard to keep our volunteers well fed. There are other fundraisers going on as well. Many demolition derby drivers donated their winnings, some friends are making paracord memorabilia & a comic book store in Niagara Falls is holding an ongoing event. All in Jeff's memory. The Fund has been blessed to, so far, donate $15,000.00 to Pathstone Mental Health, who is our beneficiary at this time.
The mandate of the Jeff McKillop Memorial Fund is to "Break the Silence" & end the stigma of mental health illness & suicide. We will speak up, speak out & be heard. We will not be silenced & we will not rest. We owe this to Jeff. If we can help just one person, then Jeff's death will not be in vain.