Sharlene Bosma, the widow of slain Hamilton man Timothy Bosma, has set up a charity to help the families of murder victims.
Tim’s Tribute will work with Christian Stewardship Services to help pay for anything from burial costs to trial-related expenses, including groceries, utility bills lost wages and transportation. To start, the money will go to those in need in Hamilton-Wentworth, but Sharlene hopes eventually to expand beyond that area.
She said she was grateful for the money from a trust fund opened after her husband’s death and realized others, whose cases are not as highly publicized, might not have the same opportunities.
“Sharlene recognizes that very few people are recipients of such generosity and financial support from the community,” the charity’s website says.
“As such, she would like to help others who are so unfortunate to end up losing a loved one to homicide.”
A fundraiser was also held last month to help Sharlene and her young daughter.
Tim Bosma, 32, disappeared on May 6 after taking two men for a test drive of a pickup truck he was selling online. Police found his burned remains days later on the Waterloo-area farm of Dellen Millard, a 27-year-old Etobicoke man and heir to the Millard Air fortune.
Millard and a second man, Mark Smich, 25, of Oakville, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death.
The charity’s launch came ahead of a court appearance by Millard and Smich. They are due in a Hamilton court via video on Thursday afternoon.