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05/23/2015 19:38 EDT | Updated 05/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Family mourns 'large-hearted' B.C. man who died in boating accident in Mexico

VANCOUVER - The mother of a British Columbia man who died in a boating accident in Mexico says he was a wonderful, reliable man who always pitched in to help others.Betty Danilkiewicz says her 64-year-old son John died when the boat ran into strong winds last Tuesday on Lake Chapala near Guadalajara.She says his close friend Zane Bennett, who grew up with Danilkiewicz in Edmonton, also died in the accident.Betty says her son retired about a decade ago from his sheet metal business in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and moved to Mexico where he later opened a bar.She says he had a wife, two sons, a stepson and a grandson, to whom he was deeply devoted.His niece, Katy Danilkiewicz, says her uncle was large-hearted and he will be deeply missed.Mexican media have reported that the two Canadians' bodies were found.Another person was reportedly in the boat, but there were conflicting reports on whether a third body was found.Foreign Affairs says it's not releasing any identities, but it is in contact with local authorities and is providing consular assistance to the families.