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Fundraiser Saturday for wife of missing boater

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A fundraiser is to be held in Owen Sound Saturday to raise money to assist the wife of Larry Quesnel, the 76-year-old city man who went missing July 2 while fishing Owen Sound Bay.

Friends of the family are holding a pig roast at 143226 Superior St. The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. It will also feature live music, games, raffles and more.

Tickets are $20 per person or $5 per child. People will also be able to make additional donations at the event.

Tickets are available at Watson’s Tackle House in Owen Sound or by calling Kelly Thompson at 519-377-4083 or 519-372-9374 or Melissa Harvey at 519-372-9374. Tickets will be available at the event.

Organizers say many businesses have donated prizes for raffles and they are appreciative of the support.

Quesnel’s body has not been found so no death certificate has been issued. Family members are still going on the water to look for his remains.

Police, firefighters, marine units and the Canadian Coast Guard initially searched for Quesnel, but the efforts were scaled back to a recovery mission by the day after he went missing. The OPP had sent out a helicopter early last month so officers could use thermal imaging equipment to try to locate Quesnel.

Police were called to Owen Sound Bay after another boater recovered Quesnel's empty trolling boat with its downriggers in the water and pulled it onto the shore of Kingston Beach, north of Leith.

Quesnel was born and raised in Owen Sound. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who worked for the last few decades as a taxidermist.

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