Wes Rempel’s eyes watered while he recalled the memory of Chris Workman.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Members of the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group honoured one of their late members, Chris Workman, at this weekend's Brickspo at the Western Development Museum.
Although the two men were separated in age by more than 30 years, they were tied together by their love of Lego.
The physical bond between the two members of the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group (SLUG) was severed when Workman died suddenly this past May at the age of 32, but the emotional attachment from Rempel remains.
“Chris and I were especially close because he loved the technique stuff the same as I do and so we got together many times and we exchanged pieces that we needed, as well as thoughts and ideas on how to build various things,” Rempel said.
One of things Workman didn’t like was flowers – something his foster mother urged SLUG members to bring to his funeral.
Some of those flowers were present Sunday – as were some of Workman’s other Lego creations – when Workman’s foster mother came from White City to the Brickspo exhibit at the Western Development Museum.
She donated all of Workman’s loose Lego pieces, which SLUG members purchased. About $400 was raised in the process, all of which was donated to the pediatrics department at the Regina General Hospital.
SLUG members also built their own versions of Workman, whose favourite animal was a hippopotamus, along with the oxygen tank he always walked around with.
Chapters also donated a decal that Rempel had inscribed with the days Workman was born and died on, which is to be given to his foster family.
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