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On Feb. 13 th last we lost our son, brother and best friend, Dave Sheets, in a fatal skiing accident at your wonderful resort, Whistler-Blackcomb. Dave loved Whistler and all it stood for. He dedicated his whole life to many of the adventure venues that are part of your community. We know that he loved downhill, extreme, racing and speed skiing. He always took a great interest in BMX biking and road biking. We can’t imagine him living near such fine mountain bike facilities and not utilizing them to the fullest. He was that kind of guy. Also, he was an avid and accomplished fly fisherman.

Dave, like most people in his position, didn’t share all his endeavours with his parents. We think he was trying to protect us because some of the photos he did share with us scared us just to look at. So much of what we learned of his endeavours was from his many friends in your community.

We feel so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern for us by the whole community. We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to the corporate side of the community, Whistler-Blackcomb, the medical clinic and staff, the many restaurants and Millennium Place. We felt that the gifts and assistance afforded us were not just in the line of civic responsibility but on a very personal and sincere level as friends of Dave.

The photographers and the people who put together the memorial service did a fine job that has received compliments from across the country. Some of the compliments came from people who did not attend. The leaflet that was presented at the service did a lot to help us and our friends focus on Dave’s life and what he stood for. Thank you.

Our greatest thanks, of course, goes out to those of Dave’s friends who took the time to share their grief and sorrow at Dave’s misfortune and their grief of his passing. The people who took the time out to sit the vigil at the hospital while we waited for the word that life was over for him. Some of you even shared your homes with us and our family and friends during a very busy time in your community.

As we approach the anniversary of Dave’s passing, we are certain that although the pain is not as acute as it was then that you will remember with us all that he stood for and the wonderful life he shared with us all. We will miss him greatly and our burden of grief was lightened by the caring and concern poured out to us at that time and throughout the year.

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