Family members of an on-duty Mountie who died during a traffic accident in Surrey, B.C., say the public's messages of condolence, acts of goodwill and overwhelming support have provided them comfort during a time of grief.

Const. Adrian Oliver died Tuesday morning after a collision between his unmarked police cruiser and a transport truck at an intersection.

The 28-year-old was pulled from the tangled wreckage and rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

Family members say in a statement they're finding it hard to express their feelings as they deal with the tragic and unthinkable loss.

They say Oliver was a compassionate and caring man who had an infectious smile and was willing to help anyone and everyone he could.

The family says it is now planning for the memorial service, which has been scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Langley Event Centre.