58591_4624004531733_1259593508_nThe prime of Gaven’s short life were his years spent in Queensland, Australia. In those years he began to come of age as a young man but still retained the joyful exuberance of a boy. In Australia, Gaven first seized his love of surfing and the sea. His family’s memories of Gaven in his element are filled with the sounds of his skateboard’s wheels over the boardwalk, the crashing of waves and his laughter from the trees above. Gaven, his spirit, and his family’s spirit,  flourished in the light of the Sunshine Coast. He would have wanted to be put to rest amongst the swells of his home break.

Anything donated in his honor will first be used to help transport Gaven’s family; Zachary, Jennyfer, Clara and Dalila to the Australian continent this spring. Gaven’s ashes will be released to the surf in a traditional paddle out amongst friends and loved ones. If funds were to remain after airfare they will be distributed to charities of the family’s choosing in Gaven’s honor.

We love him. He loves us all.

The outpouring and support has been humbling and comforting in these days of sadness. Your words, your thoughts, are felt deep inside us and help to give us strength. Knowing that Gaven was loved by so many around the world touches us in ways that words alone can not express.

Thank you.

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  1. Gaven will forever be remembered & will always be in our Hearts…our Heartfelt love & prayers go out to Jennyfer, Zach, Clara, Delilah..Maggie, Jimmy & Casey…and all at this sorrowful time! You are like family to us….and we feel your pain! A Beautiful life {too short} of this active, vibrant loving young man..Gaven…remembered by many…will live on for a lifetime……thoughts & prayers to you all…Love..Jerry & Linda

  2. I still remember when we first met your whole family, a day or two after you had just moved to this country. We had you over for dinner that night and introduced you to several friends, like JT, Gretchen, Andi, Gerry, Alexsandra, Garry, Ann, Tom and Jane, who took care of the kids on many occasions. Our own teenagers fell in love with yours and were so excited to help set them up with the SPCA, lemonade stands, and York School, where the twins were enrolled, and have your family over for holidays, pool parties, and softball games. Even when Montana and Hadley’s puppy, Bernie, died, the first people they wanted to call were Clara and Delila. It was very sad for everyone when we heard the news that you had left town. We had no idea what happened to Gaven until someone forwarded the newspaper article about his friend in Australia. Please accept our condolences.
    Stilly, Simone, Montana, and Hadley

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