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Tim Bosma remembered at public service in Hamilton

The wife of a man who was killed after going on a test drive says he was a regular guy who did regular things — and it cost him his life.

There was standing room only in a banquet hall in Hamilton, Ont., where hundreds of people gathered to remember 32-year-old Tim Bosma and celebrate his life.

Bosma’s remains were found burned beyond recognition on a farm about a week after he was last seen leaving his house with two men in a truck he had posted for sale online.

His wife Sharlene told the crowd she knows it’s hard for people to believe her husband wasn’t involved in something that got him killed, because this kind of thing just doesn’t happen in Canada.

She says it could have happened to anyone, but it didn’t — it happened to the man she calls her other half.

Sharlene Bosma says her husband was a storyteller whose embellishments would grow with each tale, and a doting father to their two-year-old daughter.

Family and friends also remembered Bosma at the service as a jokester with a “crazy laugh.”

Pastor John Veenstra said the memorial service was a celebration of Bosma’s life, but not an attempt to canonize him — rather, he should be remembered as a regular guy who loved his family.

Police have charged one man with first-degree murder in Bosma’s death and are looking for two other suspects, but have not yet uncovered a motive.

Still, Veenstra talked about the senselessness of Bosma’s death, saying, “it’s only a truck.”

“It never makes sense,” he told mourners who packed into the hall where Bosma and his wife had their wedding reception. “Was Tim’s life worth the cost of a Hemi?”

Dellen Millard was charged a week ago with first-degree murder, forcible confinement and theft of a vehicle. As the public service was concluding, police announced that a second person was arrested. Mark Smich, 25, of Oakville, was arrested in the morning and faces first-degree murder.

Belma Vardy, who doesn’t know the Bosma family but says she feels connected to them through their shared faith, was among those at the service.

After following the weeklong search for Bosma, learning of his death left Vardy feeling “devastated” and “grieved,” she said.

That so many others felt the need to honour Bosma shows how much his story has touched the community.

“I think it hits people’s hearts because everyone walks through pain. I also think we’re here just to support the family,” she said before walking into the banquet hall.

A trust fund has been set up to help the family.

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