Ben and Marilyn Keryluke didn’t want to sell their late son’s 1973 Pontiac Parisienne, which he painstakingly repaired and refurbished in the hopes of passing it on to his own children. But when Brent and Nicole Keryluke were killed in a motorcycle crash on May 5, the Red Deer, Alta., couple suddenly found themselves raising two small grandchildren with special needs.
So they took Brent’s prized car to Electric Garage Auctions on Saturday, hoping to earn at least $14,000. But when the auctioneer introduced the item, he told the whole story of what happened to the Kerylukes. “They told the story of why it was being sold and that we wanted to keep the car but, unfortunately, if you can’t, you can’t,” Keryluke said. The auction house had previously promoted the item heavily in local media using the Keryluke family story.
And the community came out in full force. The bids immediately soared past the family’s expectations and the car sold for $29,000 to Rod McWilliams from Red Deer Motors. McWilliams turned around and donated the car right back to the auction house, so it could go back on the block immediately. It sold in the second round for $30,000 to Danny Fayad from Edmonton, who also gave it back. Finally, it sold for $20,000 to Bob Bevins from Bulldog Metals, who returned the car, at no cost, to the Kerylukes.
“It was incredible,” Keryluke said. “People were standing up. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. Everyone was clapping and cheering every bid that came in. It was amazing.” The donations, he said, are still pouring in, and so far the family has earned $100,000 from the auction — and they got to keep the car. “It helps a lot and knowing that there’s people out there that care as much as they do and would want to help you out in a situation like this,” he said. “Hopefully, they can enjoy their father’s car when they get older,” he said.
Summarized from Sheena Goodyear, CBC, As it Happens Original story: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4818811/community-buys-grieving-red-deer-family-s-classic-car-at-auction-then-gives-it-back-1.4818816