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Mortuary Transfer Service owner 'brought sunshine in' By Colleen Mastony I'alm Beach Post Staff Writer Michael Gurny spent 16 years attending to the bodies of those who died sudden and often violent deaths. As the owner of Tri-County Tri-County Tri-County Mortuary Transfer Service, it was Mr. Gurny's job to deliver the bodies from the scenes of murders, murders, suicides and otherwise suspicious or unattended deaths to the Treasure Coast Medical Examiner's Office. On Monday, Mr. Gurny died instantly in a head-on head-on head-on collision 7 miles west of Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County. Friends remembered Mr. Gurny as someone who could lift the mood in a line of work that could often be depressing. "I Ie always had a good joke. Just like a guy that brought sunshine in every time he walked in," said Charles Diggs, Treasure Coast associate medical examiner. A retired New York City police officer and former emergency medical technician, Mr. Gurny had started his business with his wife, Paulette, in 1985. Mr. Gurny was on his way to Davenport with his brother, Conrad, on an early-morning early-morning early-morning job for a local funeral home at the time of the accident Obituary He was driving west on State Road 60 at 2:50 a.m. when an east-bound east-bound east-bound pickup tried to pass three east-bound east-bound east-bound tractor-trailers tractor-trailers tractor-trailers in the fog, according to the Florida I lighway Patrol. Mr. Gurney swerved to the right, but couldn't avoid the truck. Conrad Gurney suffered suffered serious injuries, according to his family. No information was available on his condition condition Tuesday. The driver and the passenger of the truck, Shawn Michael Ruane, 32, and Robert Des-Jardins, Des-Jardins, Des-Jardins, 30, of Boynton Beach were also killed. Florida Highway Patrol officials said troopers on the scene found empty beer cans in the back of Ruane's 1990 CMC pickup. They will not be able to confirm whether the crash was alcohol-related alcohol-related alcohol-related until toxicology results return to the medical examiner's office. office. Calling hours will be held today at 5 p.m. at Haisley-Hobbs Haisley-Hobbs Haisley-Hobbs Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Pierce with a vigil service to follow at 7. A funeral will be at 1 1 a.m. Thursday at the St. Lucie Catholic Church.

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  1. The Palm Beach Post,
  2. 14 Feb 2001, Wed,
  3. Page 357

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