Flags at Half-Mast Tuesday in Memory of Student

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016

The University of Guelph’s flags will be lowered to half-mast Tuesday, March 8, to mark the funeral service for student Eric Nielsen, who died March 3 following a car accident.

Nielsen was a fourth-year mechanical engineering student and the manager of the Gryphon racing team, a student group that designs high performance race cars for engineering projects and competitions.

“We’re so sad to receive this tragic news,” said Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs).“It’s difficult to lose such a young and engaged person. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Eric’s friends and family.”

A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Jack & Thompson Funeral Home, 318 Main Street E., Shelburne, Ont.

A funeral service will be held in the funeral home’s chapel at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Shelburne Agricultural Community Centre, 377 William St.

The family suggests memorial donations be made in Nielsen’s name to U of G’s School of Engineering.