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Joanne Yvonne Oullette Young
& Drake Brian Young

Joanne Yvonne Oullette Young & Drake Brian Young

Home city: Calgary, Alberta
Age: 22 years and 4 years
Date of crash: March 26, 1999

The driver was only .04, the breathalyzer was taken 2 hours after the crash. The driver was playing the game of leapfrog with some friends. Joanne and Drake were on their way to spend the day at the Calgary Zoo when they were hit head-on by Greg Gallager. Drake was killed instantly, Joanne died a few hours later. Greg was charged with criminal negligence causing death x 2. He is currently serving 2 years less a day, house arrest, 240 hours of community service, loss of licence for 5 years. There was no jail time, as they didn’t want to interrupt his education.

Memorial Message

This tribute was written by Joanne’s mom and Drakes’ grandmother, Sherry Oullette and signed by Sherry’s cousin.

Tribute for Joanne and Drake Young

On March 26th, 1999, Joanne, 22 years old and her son Drake, 4 years old were on their way to Calgary to spend the day at the zoo. A young gentleman named Greg Gallager who was playing leapfrog on the highway hit them. He was not deemed to be impaired but had been drinking. He was given a two-year conditional sentence, house arrest, 240 hours of community service, and he must go to schools and talk of his experience. The judge said he was not a danger to the community and did not want to interrupt his schooling.

He was charged with 2 counts of Dangerous Driving Causing Death and one count of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm, which was stayed. Where is the justice? Joanne and Drake’s life was cut short, they didn’t have a choice.

Letter from Heaven

To our dearest families, some things we’d like to say
But first of all, to let you know, that we arrived ok,
We’re writing this from heaven; here we dwell with God above
Here, there’s no more tears for sadness, here there’s just eternal love

Please do not be unhappy just because we’re out of sight
Remember that we are with you every morning, noon and night
That night we had to leave you when our lives on earth were through
God picked us up and hugged us and He said, “I welcome you,

It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest families, they’ll be here later on.
I need you here so badly, you’re so much part of my plan,
There is so much that we have to do, to help our fellow man.”

God gave us a list of things that he wished for us to do.
And foremost on the list it said was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight,
Remember, God and we are closest to you in the middle of the night.

When we think of our life on earth, and those few loving years.
Because you’re only human, they’re bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain,
Remember there would be no flowers unless there was some rain.

We wish that we could tell you all that God has planned,
But if we were to tell you, you would not understand.
But one thing is for certain, though our life on earth is no more,
Please know that we are closer to you now, than we ever were before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb,
But together we can do it, by taking one day at a time.
It was always our philosophy and we’d like it for you too .
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help someone who’s in sorrow or in pain,
Then you can say to God at night . My day was not in vain.
And now we are content to know that our life was worthwhile,
Knowing as we passed along the way we made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad or feeling low,
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go,
And when you’re walking down the street, and you have us on your mind,
We’re walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when you feel that gentle breeze
Or the wind upon your face that’s giving you a great big hug
Or just a soft embrace
And when it’s time for you to go from that body to be free,

Remember you’re not going.
You’re coming home to me.
And we will always love you
From the land way up above

We’ll be in touch again soon
From Joanne & Drake with love

We love you and forever in our hearts will be love from Mom, Dad and family.

Joanne Yvonne Oullette Young
Dec. 13th/76 to March 26th/99

Drake Brian Young
Dec. 16th /94 to March 26th/99

The night of March 26th/99 mother and son headed west from Hanna to Calgary, Alberta. Joanne was driving a 1991 firefly. Greg Gallager, then 19, takes in a movie and then a drink and heads home going east on Hwy.9 in a 1996 Chrysler Sebring. While on a patch of road with a restricted view, a gradual incline, Greg decides to cross the no passing double-solid line hitting Joanne’s car almost head on killing them both. Greg Gallager is currently serving 2 years less a day house arrest along with 240 hours of community service and will not be able to obtain a licence for 5 years.

Miss me, but let me go

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room, why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long and not with your heads bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a road we all must take and we all must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home.
So when you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends you know,
Bury your sorrows, in good deeds, miss me, but let me go.

~ Author Unknown

Forever loved and missed
By Mom, Dad and Family

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Joanne Yvonne Oullette Young and Drake Brian Young
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