Ellen Tom Steven and Hanna I am so sorry We could not make it to the service, this is a letter I was hoping to read , I thought I should share it with you.
We Are so saddened by the Passing of Christopher . This young man was taken way to early in his life, for that I will never understand. I was fortunate enough to speak with Christopher a couple of times over the past few months, personally and through facebook He was always very positive and kept that great sense of humor that we all love. He seldom spoke about things he could not control, but instead talked about the things he could , living his life to the fullest, spending time with his family and the love of his life Hanna. He was so excited about getting married on Bone Island this summer, I always responded that Hanna must have lost a bet to be forced to marry Christopher, I new this wasn't true but I always took my shots at Christopher as he was never shy to shoot back.
Christopher was the type of individual that people gravitated to . He was one of the most dedicated, honest and sincere men that I have ever met. One thing for sure with my conversations with Christopher is that he would not want us to have this devastating loss cripple us with grief, but to remember fondly how his life impacted each and every one of us.
The time we spent together at the rink was one of the many memories that I will cherish. Christopher along with several other players were extremely eager... so eager that before I even arrived for morning practices these kids had already been on the ice for two sometimes three hours. I thought what a great group of kids; there was usually Walker, Archer Kitchen, Borba Richette and sometimes others. I didn't realize until later in the year that this group of dedicated parents or just crazy parents were bringing their children Christopher included to the rink sometimes as early as four am so they could practice by themselves just for fun.
When Christopher was in his 3rd year of University he met me at UBC for Kelseys Swim meet , Christopher not only came to the meet to see my daughter swim, but he missed a class to do so, something that his mother may not know about to this date. We spoke of all the memories we had with the special hockey club we were both apart off, but not only that he was very interested in how I was doing personally. I will never forget this young man taking time out of his very busy schedule to visit his old friend and hockey coach.
The first year I coached Christoher I knew immediately that he was a special young man, having the ability to make everyone around him better. he had poise beyond his tender years and was a sponge when it came to learning the game. Christopher was our goalie in Provincials that year and was one of the main reasons that we made it to the Championship game. Christopher and the rest of his teammates knew that we were the best team in the Province that year. Even though we lost the final game in Overtime. Christopher went on to Play Junior hockey for the Castlegar Rebels of the KIJHL.
Christopher had such an impact on all of us, and this is so unfair to his family and friends. I am a better person because of Christopher and I will always enter the rink first thinking about how WALLIE has impacted me and my family in such a positive way. We love you Christopher and you will continue to live in our hearts and thoughts forever.