The two men gunned down at Nanaimo’s Western Forest Products will be laid to rest this weekend.

Private services are planned for 53-year old Fred McEachern and 61-year old Michael Lunn.

Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley knew Michael Lunn very well.

The two worked closely in the 90’s when Routley was president of the International Woodworkers Of America-Canada union local which eventually became the USW-Steelworkers Local.

Lunn was the plant chairman at the Nanaimo mill at the time….


In the meantime, the family and friends of one of the men killed in the shooting at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo are already trying to turn his death into something positive.

Michael Lunn’s longtime friend Lynn Jakes says they’re launching the Red Shirt Foundation, named after his favourite colour.

Jakes says they’re going to fund research on workplace violence and use the foundation to raise awareness about the issue.