The devastating story of a local man losing everything he owned in a house fire is being felt by the entire community.
Since Monday afternoon, a Go Fund Me donation page for Tobin Spring, whose Brunel Road home burned early Sunday morning, has seen 371 people raise over $32,000 in just two days. The well-known musician was not home when the fire started and adding to the devastation is that his beloved dog Molly did not make it out.
The fire is estimated to have caused over $325,000 in damage, and the fire department is reporting it was caused by an electrical circuit fault.
The 35-year-old singer/songwriter who teaches guitar and vocals, has been a prominent figure in the local music scene for many years. Spring has performed at every possible venue in Muskoka and also wrote the theme song for the 2010 Ontario Winter Games. He is known for his regular gigs at the Mill on Main, his involvement in the highly-acclaimed Northern Blues Review shows as well as the Etwell Concert Series. He has also been the front man for Laganza, a band that he’s been actively apart of since his high school days.
Hundreds of well wishes and prayers – from near and far – and not just from family and friends but from his fans, have been a constant on Spring’s Facebook page since news of the tragedy broke.
His long-time friend Derek Cochrane and his wife, Julie, had heard about setting up a Go Fund Me account. With a brief but heartfelt description of what they were doing and why, the support started to trickle in. And then it began to pour. What has transpired in the last two days is truly a miracle. With a financial goal of raising $20,000, that amount has been surpassed by over $12,000.
His friends say the outpour of support Spring has received is a testament to the kind of guy he is. Over the years, he has performed at countless functions for charities and this is simply a matter of the community giving back to him for all he’s done.
“Tobin has done a lot of for the community and everyone is returning that,” says Derek. “It’s karma.”
Julie says she could not believe the extreme kindness and generousity from those supporting Spring during this difficult time.
“I’m shocked and thankful and I can honestly say I’m proud to live here,” she says. “I’m happy to say that.”
Spring acknowledged the ongoing support yesterday by responding with a message on Facebook:
I’m completely overwhelmed and moved by the support from this incredible community. Words cannot express my gratitude. Love and thanks to all my friends and family near and far.
Tobin Spring on Facebook
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help Tobin Spring recover from his devastating loss can do so by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/62ch2hrx
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