A celebration of life has been arranged for Gabriel Pollard, the 16-year-old with muscular dystrophy who died in a sailing accident in June.
Gabriel died from his injuries on June 21 when a lift taking him out of a sailboat fell apart, dropping him onto the boat.
The BC Coroners Service is investigating the incident.
The service for Gabriel will take place at the G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre at 3100 Tillicum Road from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Gabriel’s family is inviting people to join them in sharing stories, food, music and images of the teen.
Gabriel’s uncle, Marcus Pollard, said his nephew was an artist, a gourmet, a mentor and an animal lover. He had two cats, Beatrice and Oscar.
“He was a community activist and loved everything about trains, Lego, and sailing. Gabe was an enthusiastic hockey and baseball fan, an equestrian, a romantic and bon vivant,” Marcus wrote in a post about the service.
“He did not allow Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to define him. Styling himself a maverick, he was just coming into his own. A young man, his future full of promise despite the condition which was relentless. He fought and succeeded in keeping that dragon at bay. Thank you Gabe for being a most excellent son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, superhero, and friend.”