Family of slain bouncer Travis Colby give back
The family has started a random acts of kindness campaign in Travis' memory
The family of a young Stony Plain bouncer killed in October has started a random acts of kindness movement in his memory.
Travis Colby, 30, was knocked unconscious while trying to break up a fight outside of the Old Stony Barn.
The father-of-two was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness.
"We just miss him so much,” said his mother Shirley Colby. “It's kind of like he'll just come through the door tomorrow and come and say ‘Hi – what can I do?’”
Travis’ generous spirit inspired his friends and family to find creative ways to give back to the community through random acts of kindness.
"Instead of sitting there and … thinking about the loss, we can think about what we can do for other people to make them smile too,” said cousin Deanna Aquin.
On Friday, the Colby family built upon their usual custom of baking holiday cookies together, delivering a batch to the Edmonton west division police headquarters as a surprise.
"To take something that's a really tragic event for them – to make something good of it – it speaks to the good in people," said Sgt. Steve Levesque.
And the Facebook page set up by the Colby family shows hundreds of people are joining the family in giving back in ways big a small.
"People have been posting different ideas they've been doing – leaving out treats for people who pick up garbage, for the hairdressers, making up the care packages for the homeless and handing them out,” said Aquin.
Seeing the feedback and pictures of kindnesses inspired by her son’s legacy is bringing Shirley Colby some comfort as she prepares for her first Christmas without him.
"Every time I see something new come up, it brings a happy smile and a happy memory of my son. So I'm hoping this will never, ever stop ... and I'll have those memories for ever."