ALTONA This November, Sharron and John Trudeau wouldve celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. In an instant, that all changed. John was in the woods on the back of his property on Rand Hill Road cutting trees when he was suddenly hit by a massive heart attack. The attack seemed to come out of nowhere, said Sharron. He wasnt sick. I mean, hes standing in the kitchen two hours before he died. It was totally unexpected, said Sharron. Shane, their 15-year-old son, found his father who was taken to CVPH Medical Center. It was too late, however, as John passed away that same day, July 29. Sharron and Johns three children Shane and his two sisters, Courtney, 20, and Hunter, 7 stood by Johns bedside with him until the early hours of the next day, which would have been Johns 45th birthday. The loss of their family patriarch was devastating to the Trudeaus, with each being affected in their own way. Courtney and Shane seem to be managing their pain, she said. However, its difficult to know what Hunter understands about her fathers death, because of both her age and the fact she has Down syndrome, said Sharron. What you go through is nothing anyone can even explain, and its hard to explain to her, said Sharron. She knows hes gone to Heaven and that hes not coming back, that we can only see him in pictures. The pain Sharron feels also cuts deep. John and Sharron were together for 30 years, meeting when they were teenagers; John was 15, Sharron was 16. More of my life was with him than it was without him, she said. We grew up together, had a family, and wouldnt have believed all of a sudden life would totally change. Johns sudden death also meant the end of his plans to one day build a new home for his wife and children where their house stands today. The existing home, built in 1865 on the Trudeau family homestead, was left to John 12 years ago, after the passing of his father, Donald Trudeau Sr. However, even though John wasnt able to make his dream come true, Sharron utilized some of the money from Johns life insurance to purchase a new double-wide home to replace the old house. He wanted to make sure [the property] stayed in the Trudeau name, said Sharron. Nobody really wants to see this old house come down, but, realistically, unless you had $80,000 or $90,000, youre not going to make this house look like a new house. I dont have that kind of money. Who does? Sharron, with the help of her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, have begun preparing the new home for winter and already have plans to salvage a portion of the old house to be used for a camp in the woods on their property, which was another one of Johns dreams. This way, John will have his camp in the woods; he just wont see it, said Sharron. In order to help the Trudeaus with their expenses of moving into their new home and to help them with the cost to demolish their old home, a benefit has been organized for them for this Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Airport Lounge, 755 State Route 3. The event will begin at noon, and consist of a pot luck dinner, Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, giveaways, and drink specials. Those wishing to make a donation to the auction or to the Trudeau family, may contact event organizer Erica Johnson at 561-9274 or 293-1670.