Unable to confirm identity of Sunrise employee killed Nov. 6

Reggie Antonio, (right), is pictured at Sunrise Ski Resort with Jeannie Ulechong. Although it is not clear when the photo was taken, Antonio’s obituary confirms that he was an employee at Sunrise Ski Resort. He is believed to be the employee that was killed Nov. 6 performing routine maintenance on a ski lift, however, that information has not been confirmed.

GREER — A Sunrise Park Resort employee apparently was killed Nov. 6 while performing job-related duties at the popular White Mountains ski destination.

According to a press release dated Nov. 7 from General Manager Rochelle Lacapa, which was not emailed to The Independent until Nov. 22 after several inquiries for information about the death, “On Monday, November 6, 2017 an accident occurred while performing routine maintenance on a ski lift at the Sunrise Park Resort. This incident tragically took the life of one of our Sunrise Park Resort employees.

”We are deeply saddened by this loss and our thoughts and condolences are with the family. Our focus also continues to be on supporting all of our employees and their families during this difficult time. During this grieving process, we are doing everything we can to assist our employees that have been affected in any way, by providing counseling and support.

”Sunrise Park Resort is committed to the well-being of our employees and are doing everything we can to ensure that their safety remains, above all else, our top priority.”

The press release did not state the name of the individual killed, but it is believed to be Reggie Theus Antonio, 39, of Whiteriver, who passed away Nov. 6 in Sunrise, according to an obituary published Nov. 24, in The Independent.

The obituary also states Antonio worked at the zip lines during the summer and later obtained a new position with the lift maintenance department. No other information was made available.

He also worked as a wildland firefighter, janitor at the BIA and as a carpenter/roofer/plummer/cable guy while he lived in Mesa. He was also a part of the Alchesay Falcons football “chain gang.”

A one-night wake was conducted Nov 10 in Whiteriver and funeral services were Nov. 11 at the Chief Alchemy Activity Center. Burial took place at the Red Hill Cemetery in Cedar Creek.

Reach the reporter at lsingleton@wmicentral.com

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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