ANDREWS - Friends and relatives of the late Thomas Washburn
gathered at Centennial Park Monday to plant a tree in memory of
the 40-year-old man who was killed by terrorists in Saudi Arabia
who was project manager of the $200 million ethylene plant
expansion under construction for Exxon Mobil in Yanbu Saudi
Arabia, was shot May 1 when four gunmen, three of whom worked on
the site - entered the field office where he was working.
people died that day of their injuries, while Washburn was taken
to the Royal Commission Medical Centre in Yanbu where he
remained conscious but paralyzed.
parents, Sheila and Owen Washburn, who are well-known to local
residents as they have a summer home in St. Andrews, flew out to
be at their son's bedside in Saudi Arabia and later flew with
him to Texas where he was admitted to the Memorial Herman
was here that it was revealed he had a second bullet lodged in
his brain besides the one that had passed through his neck and despite
the best medical care possible he died two weeks following the
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scholarship fund has been set up in her son's memory. The
Thom Washburn Memorial Scholarship will be administered by the
Fredericton Community Foundation. Mrs. Washburn has set up
a website in his memory, at www.washburn.ca/thom.
of tree looking south towards Parks Canada Blockhouse