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High Point man, 77, dies when van crashes into power pole

Edward Gamache was a quiet man who cherished his easygoing Florida lifestyle. He especially liked riding his motor scooter and playing shuffleboard.

That is precisely how he spent most of Monday afternoon before climbing into his 1995 Dodge Astro van and heading for a nearby McDonald's restaurant.

He never made it.

A few blocks from his house, Gamache died when his van crashed into the concrete base of an electrical pole in the High Point community, off State Road 50 on the north side of Spring Hill.

"He loved it. He was very happy down here," said Gamache's wife, Monique, 63. "He and his friends, they all have these scooters and ride around the park."

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Gamache, 77, of 12462 Harker St., was driving his van south on Eagle Drive, north of High Point Boulevard, when he ran off the road and into the pole, crumpling the right front side of his vehicle.

The accident occurred about 8:35 p.m., briefly knocking out electricity in some areas of High Point.

Mrs. Gamache, who said her husband had suffered a heart attack in January, said authorities told her a second attack may have led to his accident on Monday.

Mrs. Gamache said her husband hauled freight out of Hudson, N.H., before retiring in March 1991. The couple has two daughters and two sons.

Mrs. Gamache said she and her husband split their time between homes here and in New Hampshire. The couple planned to return North in June.

"He was very happy and contented down here," she said. "But that's where all his family is."

Gamache's body will be flown to New Hampshire for burial. Funeral arrangements were not complete on Tuesday.