Eric and Joy Jackson, the Regina couple who died in a midair collision Saturday, were headed to a fishing camp they owned in Saskatchewan's north, friends say.

The Jacksons were on board an amphibious plane, flown by Eric, when it collided in the skies above St. Brieux, Sask., with a plane that had left Calgary for St. Brieux. Three people on the Calgary plane also died in the crash.

The Jackson's fishing camp, on Clam Lake, was a favourite destination for Eric.


A joint funeral for Joy and Eric Jackson is set for Saturday, in Regina. (Courtesy: Sergio Quezada)

Family members said he pursued a range of interests, adding he would would be remembered as a butcher, trucker, landlord, scuba diver and water-skier.

Sergio and Sonia Quezada knew the couple for 14 years.

"Whatever happened to us, in the good time celebrations, they were here," Sergio Quezada told CBC News Thursday. "When something happened to us, they were here. They were very supportive to my family."

Eric and Joy had been together for 34 years.

Joy Jackson was the manager of the neuro-sciences ward at the General Hospital in Regina.

She was also an avid language student, keen to improve her Spanish.

"She was looking forward to improving all the time," Quezada said. "So she was always asking questions to me relating to the language."

A joint funeral is set for Saturday in Regina, starting at 10:30 a.m. CST.

With files from CBC's Dani Mario