Sadly and unexpectedly on March 7, 1999, we saw the passing of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, Gavin Thomas Paul Bruyere.
Gavin was born in Kenora, Ont. on Jan. 21, 1981. He resided in Fort Frances, Ont. since he was a toddling three-year-old and moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. with his family when he was 14.
While residing in Fort Frances, Gavin attended Huffman and Robert Moore Schools and went on to attend Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay.
Gavin had many interests but possessed a love for hockey and the outdoors that was outshone only by the love he felt for his family and friends. There was no sport that went untouched in his backyard, whether it was shooting “hoops,” throwing “spirals,” and most importantly choosing which NHL team to represent in a serious game of boot hockey.
He had a beautiful gift for writing and was a talented artist who dedicated many hours to his sketching and journals.
Gavin held a special place in his heart for all the “little ones” in his family, and always made time to play, tease, or just talk with them.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his mother, Gloria Bruyere; sisters, Andrea, Jennifer, Cheyenne, Betty, Evelyn, and Colleen; brothers, Benji, Delaney, Irwin, and Ryan; grandma and grandpa, Annie-Marie and Edwin Bruyere of Fort Frances; and his birth parents, Priscilla Land and Alex Smith of Kenora.
Gavin also is survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and very special friend, Crystal Pelky.
A visitation for family and friends was held Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at the Everest Chapel in Thunder Bay, followed by a memorial service held on Couchiching First Nation on Friday, March 12, 1999.
It saddens us to say goodbye, Gavin. You have truly touched the hearts of all who have loved you and whom you have loved in return.