Friday, March 07, 2008

Courier offers to fly body of Costa Rican home

Adrienne E. Rosen, President of First International Courier SystemsToronto, Canada (The Mississauga News) - The body of an illegal construction worker who died of a heart attack on a job site in Mississauga last month will be flown to Costa Rica for burial thanks to the generosity of a Toronto courier company.

Alvaro Vargas Fonseca, 38, died Feb. 25 of a heart attack while working in the city, and since then, his family has been desperately trying to raise the $8,000 required to ship it home.

Yesterday, First International Courier Systems, which specializes in emergency shipment of life-saving materials, stepped in to say they will ensure the safe delivery of Fonesca's body to his homeland.

"The company's touched by this, and we'll just see what we can't do here," company President Adrienne Rosen told The Globe and Mail, which received several other offers of help after publishing the story.

Airfare typically costs between $2,000 and $4,000 for a body transfer, but few courier companies will ship human bodies.

A fund has been set up to accept contributions that will help defray funeral costs. Any money remaining will go to the dead man's family. He had three children.

Donations can be made by cheque to: The estate of the late Alvaro Vargas Fonseca, Portuguese Canadian Credit Union, 1168 Dundas St. W., Toronto, M6J 1X4. Call 416-533-9245.

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