To the Editor,
On Sept. 21, 2015 we lost our son Tyler Willem Hanson as a result of a tragic accident. As a family, have experienced an unbelievable outpouring of kindness, support, gestures of food, flowers and heartfelt words of condolence from our family, friends and community as a whole.
We are writing to express our sincere appreciation for all that has been done for us and on our behalf. The heartfelt ministry provided by Rev. Elaine Hall from the United Church guiding us through Tyler's Celebration of life and his passing has been so comforting. Kathy Watson - Host with the Most Event Planning and The Township of Scugog and staff at the Community Center for coordinating and managing Tyler's service, Prince Albert Public School faculty and school friends, Heather James, Howard and Stephanie Humphrey (MTC) and countless others who have stepped in to help and support us through this very difficult time. The sense of family and community caring that has been provided to us from all sides has been a protective buttress against the emotional tide that is crashing over us.
As members of the Port Perry community we have had the opportunity to interact with many from outside of and within the area due to different sporting and non-sporting events. Hockey, however has been a large part of our family life and a large part of our son's lives. Though it is a sport that provides competition it also has provided us with a larger “family” within which we belong. The friendships we have forged surpass what team our sons played on. The sense of team and coming together for a common purpose is a shared objective that continues even into this jagged tragedy that has forced itself onto our family and consequently onto our larger “family”.
We have witnessed Tyler's impact on the community during the few short years he was here - we can only imagine what he would have done had he been with us longer. We have been extremely touched by the number of tributes arranged in memory of Tyler and we thank the entire Port Perry Minor Hockey Association and the Port Perry MoJacks for their ongoing support.
We would also like to thank the extended hockey community as a whole for the overwhelming support we have received from numerous teams and associations within the Lakeshore League and beyond. We hope that the care compassion, humor and love that Tyler #28 showed to so many continue in the hearts of those that knew him and carry this with them in the years to come.
Travis, Adrianna and Troy Hanson
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