Hundreds of people gathered in Saanich, B.C. Tuesday for the funeral of Reid Kyfiuk, the 15-year-old snowboarder killed in a tragic accident on Mount Washington last week.
"He shone like a star for 15 years and everybody today felt that," said Rev. William Hann, a family friend who spoke at Kyfiuk's funeral mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. "He was a kid who had a great joy of life."
In an interview after the service, Hann said the church was filled with hundreds of people, including Kyfiuk's classmates and hockey teammates.
All round athlete
Kyfiuk was an avid athlete who loved to play hockey and snowboard. He died just before Christmas after he disappeared into a hole in an ungroomed part of the trail at the Vancouver Island ski resort.
Since then, condolences have poured in, with many noting his kindness and leadership.
Kyfiuk's father told the service his son was a joyful, self confident young man, Hann said.
About a month ago, Hann said the teen told him that he longed to make a difference in the world.
"He wanted to do something to change the world."
Despite the tragic circumstances, Hann said the church was filled with love Tuesday as mourners came together.
"It was a moment of great joy and community. This tragedy has brought so many people together."
Kyfiuk is being remembered by his former hockey teammates, classmates, friends from his church and others. pic.twitter.com/apEN88K1oJ— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) December 29, 2015