The world has lost one of rodeo’s biggest advocates.
The three vehicle collision near Ponoka Friday night took the life of Darrell Paulovich and it has shocked everyone who knew him.
Statements honouring Darrell started pouring in on social media. On the Ponoka Stampede’s Facebook page a special tribute was made. “Your seat at the Ponoka Stampede will always be reserved for you.”
“Canadian rodeo and the Ponoka Stampede lost one of their biggest fans this weekend. Our entire community is saddened by the loss of this grand man, cowboy and rodeo fan, Darryl Paulovich,” states the post.
“You were one of a kind and we are all so fortunate to have known you. We know you will be cheering for all of our athletes from heaven,” it continues. “Rest peacefully and thank you for everything you have done promoting the sport of rodeo.”
Darrell was a dedicated rodeo fan and was always seen at the Ponoka Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and his passing is something that has affected everyone who knew him.
Friend Karry Krystal posted on her Facebook page as well, saying a special prayer for Darrell. “God, take him by the hand to his favourite pony so he can ride the pastures with all the great cowboys he loved so much, who have gone before him.”
At the time, Darrell was heading home from the Foothills Cowboy Association (FCA) Finals. The FCA held a special dedication to Darrell Saturday night.