Wade Moffatt’s family want you to remember his kindness and upbeat personality, as well as his decades-long struggle with mental illness and alcohol addiction.
Wade Moffatt of Regina, Saskatchewan, was remembered by his family, friends and community in the wake of his death August 20, 2015. He was 47.
In the obituary published in the Regina Leader-Post, his family remembered “his energy, compassion and genuine nature.” In the wake of Wade’s death, old friends called to reminisce about Wade’s idealism, intelligence, and the gregariousness “that made a trip toward an office meeting a drawnout affair as Wade stopped to engage others in conversation,” noted the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.
Wade’s motto was “Make this a better world,” and he instilled in his son Kyle the importance of people and relationships.
“It’s more important to know the names of somebody’s daughters than how much money they owe you.”
Kyle and Wade Moffatt (CBC)
Friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and even strangers left heartfelt condolence messages online. Again and again, they cite Wade’s kindness and positive, upbeat personality:
“Wade worked hard and smiled even harder. A more positive person will be hard to find.”
“Wade was a joy to be around with his constant smile, entertaining stories and upbeat personality.”
“Wade was a great hockey dad. A very kind and genuine person…”
“I did not know Wade well but I do remember his dynamic personality, bright smile and caring nature.”
Wade’s wife and children want him to be remembered this way, but they also want everyone to know about Wade’s struggles with mental illness and alcoholism.
In interviews with CTV and local newspapers, the Moffatts talk candidly about Wade’s bipolar disorder and addiction that eventually led to his death by suicide. For years they struggled to get him the help he needed but were unsuccessful because there were no programs in Saskatchewan to treat both the mental illness and the addiction entwined with it.
It is their hope that people will talk more openly about mental health and related issues like alcohol addiction, and that eventually there will be better treatment options so that people like Wade and their families can get the support they need.
“Dad suffered with this for such a long time,” Moffatt’s daughter, Hillary, told CTV. “You would see him and he was so happy and joyful, and he was so good at helping other people feel better about themselves, But when it came to him, he couldn’t do that for himself.”
“Everyone who knew Wade could see his light but all of our light together was not enough to illuminate the dark around him.”
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, he or she should not be left alone. Find a local crisis center or call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides free, confidential support for people in crisis or emotional distress, 24/7 year-round. The Lifeline also offers an online chat for people who prefer to reach out online rather than by phone.