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Roger and Rosemary Verrall



Giving thanks for Erin

We have been fortunate enough to live in this community for several years, and this week has really reminded us how lucky we are to have this amazing family we call Whistler. Sunday, April 4, the mountains we all love claimed one more of us in a snowboarding accident. Our roommate and best friend, Erin Solowey-Wanamaker, one of the greatest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

The support of the Whistler and Pemberton communities throughout this time has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who came by our house this week with kind words, hugs, stories, food, beer...

Thank you to Whistler Ski Patrol for everything you did for Erin that day, and for the ongoing support and communication with his friends and family this week.

Thank you to Dusty's for hosting the celebration of Erin's life on Friday night... sorry we drank you out of beer and left a bit of a mess. It was an epic send off, Erin would be proud.

Thank you to Whistler Creek Productions for making things happen for the celebration of a life well lived, organizing the slide show and printing T-shirts.

Thank you to Stu Andrews of WCP for being the best emcee you could ask for... the "moment of chaos 'cause Erin would not want a moment of silence" was incredible, with the bar packed wall-to-wall and hundreds of people screaming and cheering.

Thank you to Whistler Blackcomb for donating lift tickets to the people without passes in the 200-person shred posse who went up Whistler on Friday to slash some pow in memory of our good friend.

The donations of time, product, and gift certificates were of such overwhelming generosity that it would be impossible to list everyone here.

The raffle and give-aways were a huge success and all of the money raised went to Erin's family to help with costs associated with this tragedy.

Thank you to everyone who: organized and worked the raffle and silent auction tables, made shirts, hats, stickers, buttons etc., offered their talents to DJ and play music, got everyone to sign their rally truck, drove from Mexico with 24 litres of tequila in the water reservoir of a camper, flew in from Singapore, Australia, Hawaii, Toronto, Manitoba, Calgary and anywhere else to be here. And thanks to everyone who came out on Friday... the amount of crazy, good energy and love you could feel in the room was proof that Erin's spirit will live on and really showed how many people's lives he touched.