Its a testament to the short but sweet life of Scott David Brown that his friends would book the largest room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for his funeral ceremony as upwards of 500 people were expected to attend the services from Whistler and around the province. He made friends everywhere he went.
Scott died in a car accident on the morning of March 29, at approximately 12:48 a.m. while heading home to Pemberton.
According to the police report, Browns 2000 Chevy pickup lost control rounding a corner on Highway 99 about two kilometres north of Green River.
The truck rolled several times, and Brown was thrown from the wreck into a ditch.
A pair of witnesses in another vehicle saw the truck go off the road, and immediately contacted emergency services. They attempted to perform CPR on Brown when they discovered he wasnt breathing until Emergency Health Services reached the site minutes later and took over. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Brown, 27, moved to Whistler nine years ago from a town just north of Toronto. He worked at the Longhorn shortly after arriving, and stayed there for several years before he took up the family business. He sold insurance in the Sea to Sky corridor, and around the province, and was doing well.
With the help of his friends, he had just finished building a house at Owl Ridge in Pemberton.
His hobbies included snowmobiling, skiing, golf and hockey, and he played for the A Division Longhorn Outlaws in Whistler.
"He was just a great person," says Greg Rothdram, who knew Brown for more than eight years and helped him to build his dream home in Pemberton.
"He was one of the friendliest, most generous guys you ever met in your life. He loved life, and he lived it the best he could live it. He was always out, and he knew just about everybody.
"We were all shocked when we heard about it, and everyone is pretty torn up over this," Rothdram says.
"Around here nobody really knows anyones last name, but he was always Scotty Brown."
In addition to friends from around Whistler and Pemberton, organizers were expecting people from around the province to attend the services at the Chateau on April 6.
"Scotty was on the road a lot with his business, and he made good friends everywhere he went and he would go and hang out with them when he got a chance." explained Rothdram.
Brown is survived by both parents and an older sister.