Head-on crash kills Kingsville man

A head-on crash on County Road 46 claimed a life on Thursday evening.
Vince Malenfant of Kingsville was killed in a head-on collision on County Road 46 Thursday. ((Courtesy: Malenfant family))
A head-on crash on County Road 46 in Tecumseh claimed a life on Thursday evening.

OPP said Vince Malenfant, 70, was driving east around 10 p.m. when he lost control of his car in slippery conditions at a bend in the road near Sexton Sideroad.

The Kingsville man's Silver 2000 Accord went into the path of a minivan. Malenfant was taken to Hôtel-Dieu Grace hospital where he was pronounced dead.

County Road 46 was closed for several hours while police collected evidence from the scene.

"My dad was working last night actually at the job that [he] absolutely loved to do, and he was on his way home from work," said daughter Diane Malenfant on Friday.

Malenfant worked at Sears as a maintenance man.

Children share memories of dad

His children said their deep faith is helping them deal with their father's sudden death.

Malenfant's vehicle veered into oncoming traffic on County Road 46 near the Sexton Sideroad in Tecumseh. ((Tom Taylor/CBC News))
"My favorite memory of my dad is probably all the years we spent camping as a family. Being a farming family, the only time you went camping was in the rain, when you're out of the field, so I'm one of the few that enjoys camping in the rain," said Diane Malenfant.

Malenfant was a life-long farmer who shared his love of the land with his brothers on the farm. His son David said in the '70's, his father was one of the largest cash crop farmers in southwestern Ontario.

"My mom and dad, Vince and Joan, they were married 50 years this past June, so they had 50 beautiful years together," said his daughter.

Visitation for Vince Malenfant will be Sunday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Kennedy Funeral Home in Essex, and his funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Essex.

The lone driver of the minivan Malenfant collided with, David Coatswoth of Lakeshore, suffered minor injuries.