Family of oilsands worker killed by bear speaks out

Lorna Weafer.

Lorna Weafer.

Kevin Maimann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

EDMONTON — The woman killed by a bear in northern Alberta Wednesday adored children and had volunteered as a Big Sister, said her family.

Family of Lorna Weafer released a statement Friday, two days after the attack at a Suncor oilsands site north of Fort McMurray.

"Lorna's warmth and compassion knew no bounds. She had a busy full life, loved her family and her dog," the statement reads.

Weafer was born in Ireland, immigrated to Canada with her family as a kid, and moved to Fort McMurray in 1981.

She started working as an instrumentation tech with Suncor last October and was "extremely well-liked and had many friends at the company."

The 36-year-old had talked about going back to school to become a psychologist because of her passion for helping people.

"Lorna was a warm, conscientious person and she made fast friends," the statement reads.


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