Memorial Friday for man who died in garbage compactor

Members of the street community will celebrate the life of a homeless man who was killed in a garbage compactor on Aug.1.

The service for Lloyd Soluk, who was known as “Jo,” will be held at 1 p.m. today on the green space in front of Seventh Day Adventist Church, 983 Pandora Ave.

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Clients and social workers were shaken by his death, said Grant McKenzie, director of communications for Our Place Society.

“His street name was Jo and he accessed quite a lot of our services and a lot of our outreach workers knew him,” McKenzie said.

“My understanding was he was a nice, sweet man and got along with everybody.”

The driver of the truck had emptied a bin into the compacting box and driven away when he noticed something unusual about the sound of the compacting machinery. He immediately pulled over near the intersection of Vancouver and Johnson Streets, looked and called 911.

Resuscitation efforts were made on scene. Soluk was pronounced dead at Victoria General Hospital.

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