Families are grieving after three water deaths near Thunder Bay.

Monday afternoon, police divers found the body of 31-year-old Jordan DesFosses, who had been missing since his canoe capsized in the Kaministiquia River about 50 kilometres west of Thunder Bay on Saturday evening. 

Twenty-six year old Marlene Fox and 32-year-old Kevin Spade also died after cliff-diving into Lake Superior at Silver Harbour Conservation Area in Shuniah municipality on Saturday.  


Kevin Spade's body was found by OPP divers Monday morning. (Supplied)

Kevin Spade's family wants people to remember him as more than a victim of tragedy.

"You know, [he was] that kind of person [who was] always there if you needed him. He would go to any lengths to help you out," said his uncle, Peter Spade.

He said Kevin enjoyed cliff-diving with his friends at the conservation area. "From what I understand, they went there numerous times before to do exactly what they [were] doing, except this time it didn't turn out the way they ... had anticipated."

Relief and shock

Peter Spade was one of several family members who gathered at Kevin's house in Thunder Bay, where he lived with his grandmother, just hours after police pulled his body from the water on Monday morning.

His family had been anxiously waiting for news since Saturday, when Kevin disappeared into the lake.

"I think there's a sense of relief … but a lot of shock," said Elaine Spade Kwandibens, Kevin's aunt.

"He was a very loving young man ... always smiling. His two sisters described him as a guy with a heart of gold."

One of his sisters, Gina Dupuis, tearfully told CBC News that Kevin was the "sweetest uncle" to her four children, describing how he would often take them to the park or out for bike rides.  

Kevin Spade was a member of Whitesand First Nation near Armstrong and was living in Thunder Bay with his grandmother, Josie Kwandibens, and his aunt, Elaine Spade Kwandibens.

His family is planning memorials in both Armstrong and Thunder Bay.