By Cecile Docto
VANCOUVER – Families and friends gathered for the celebration of life of Cesar Rosales. They fondly remembered a man considered a kind, caring and passionate person.
“He was very respected,” said Leesa Garnet, a friend. He was very good at his work and it hurts when Kelowna Flightcraft lost a very good employee. He’s a wonderful man and a very loving father. … I’ll miss him so much and I know everyone will.”
Rosales moved to Kelowna two years ago to work as a business system analyst at Kelowna Flightcraft.
He was stabbed inside a transit bus on his way home from work, in what police described as a random attack. Rosales was set to fly back to Vancouver for his son Pocholo’s birthday. The plane ticket was found in the bag he carried the night he died.
Pocholo recalls his father’s adventurous streak, zip-lining in the Okanagan, parasailing, skydiving, edge-walking, and doing the edge-walk at Toronto’s CN Tower.
“No matter how angry or sad we all get, sometimes it just doesn’t make sense,” said Pocholo. “But no matter what this world throws at us, I hope we all take from him the same sense of adventure and fearlessness that he embraced, and that in itself will be peace he deserves.”
Tyler Jack Newton was arrested by Kelowna police the following day, and was charged with second-degree murder.
Newton is set to appear in court again on Nov. 20.