A local lacrosse coach, father of two and bus driver for the Kelowna Rockets died Wednesday in a motorcycle accident east of Kamloops.
Multiple sources, including the WHL franchise, confirmed on social media on Thursday that Justin Bosher, 54, died in the crash.
Emergency crews responded to Pinantan-Pritchard Road, located northeast of Kamloops, after passers-by came across a single-vehicle crash where the motorcycle left the road, according to RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels, who said as much to another Kamloops news outlet.
Michels did not return calls from KTW.
In a written statement, the Kelowna Rockets said the organization is saddened to learn of Bosher’s passing.
“The Rockets organization has suffered a great loss of an unbelievable friend and family man in Justin, or as we called him, JB,” Rockets head coach Kris Mallette said in the release. “This is a terrible loss for all of those who knew him. He was a fantastic human being. He treated our staff and players like his own family, he drove us safely every time he got behind the wheel.”
Mallette added that he loved listening to Bosher’s stories when he talked about how proud he was of his family and how much he loved his wife and sons.
“We’re heartbroken,” said Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton. “We’ve lost a wonderful member of the Rockets family, our love and condolences go out to his wife, Joanne, and his sons, Josh and Jeremy.”
Bosher was also the former bus driver for the Kamloops Blazers.
On Twitter, Blazers play-by-play commentator Jon Keen described Bosher as a “hard-working guy.”
“Juggled his regular job while driving bus for the Blazers and later the Rockets,” Keen wrote. “I always knew what his boys were up to in NCAA lacrosse. He was so proud of them and told everyone leaving the bus to ‘kick some ass,’ even if it was just the radio guy.”
Pinantan-Pritchard Road spans from Highway 5 in the west to Highway 1 in the east and snakes around the north sides of Pinantan and Paul lakes, as well as Louis Lake.
Anyone with information regarding the crash can contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.