Shaun, aged 22, passed away suddenly as a result of a car accident on February 27th, 2005. He was predeceased by his brother Ken, his baby cousin Griffin, his great grandparents and his grandfather. He was loved and is greatly missed by his parents, John and Rosalie, brother Dave, sister Danielle, cousin Derick who was like a brother to him, his girlfriend Julie and many other cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Shaun was born August 21, 1982 in Mission, B.C. He was a very happy child, always smiling with his unforgettable big dimples and while growing up many hours were spent motorbiking, camping and fishing with his family.He was a natural athlete who participated in gymnastics, baseball and skiing which his brother Ken taught him at age 4. At the age of 12, he hooked and pulled in a 46 lb. Chinook salmon while fishing with his Dad and brother Dave off Nootka Island. At age 5 he joined judo and this became a major part of his life where he developed many lifelong friendships within the judo family. He traveled extensively participating in tournaments and brought home countless medals and trophies. For a while he was know as “Sensei Shaun” when he began teaching judo to the younger kids at the Abbotsford Judo Club. In 2001 after 14 years of practice and dedication he finally, with great pride, achieved his black belt in Judo.
In 1993 the family bought property at Big Bar Lake where they spent many good times sitting around a campfire talking, swimming, fishing, motorbiking, snowmobiling, tobogganing, playing board games and just enjoying being together. Shaun met and made many new friends with the young people whose families also owned property at the lake and he also liked to bring his friends from home up to the cabin for a good time at the lake too.
Shaun graduated from Mission Secondary in the French Immersion Program in 2000 and made many friends throughout his school years. His work career began with a paper route, various fast food and clothing stores and 2 years ago he began working full time in the family business. Shaun was a hard and conscientious worker who took pride in his work and his friendliness and easy going mature endeared him to many of our customers and his co-workers.
Shaun was a very loving son and a he shared a very special closeness with brother Dave and cousin Derick. He looked out for his sister Danielle the way only a big brother can. He loved his family, his friends, having a good time and was happiest just being around people making them laugh.
Shaun, you brought joy to our lives everyday for 22 years and our hearts are so heavy with an indescribable sadness that you are gone from us. You will be forever in our hearts and memories until the day that we will all be together again. We miss and love you more than it is possible to say with words …
The family would also like to thank everyone who sent flowers, food, love, support and donations in Shaun’s memory to his Judo Club.
Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts.