“He was a really happy kid and everything he did was positive, and everything he said and everything he did was to make somebody else happy.”
Dean Kyfiuk is Ried’s older brother. Reid was the youngest of 6 brothers and sisters and was especially close to his parents and siblings.
“He used to say if they kept doing so much stuff and going to so many places, he wouldn’t have anything left to do when he grew up. He really packed a whole life’s worth of living into 15 years”
At this difficult time, the Kyfiuk family is asking for prayer.
“Instead of donations or anything like that, we just ask for prayers – prayers of the divine mercy chaplet. We’re pretty well looked after so that would be the best way to help out our family”
Earlier this week Dean posted an emotional Facebook message in honour of his brother, calling Reid “An amazing influence” and “an inspiration to thousands of people whom he touched.”
“We used to play wrestle, and every time he would tell me that one day he’d be bigger and stronger than me. That day has come sooner than I hoped it would.”
The news has been met with an outpouring of grief and condolences online.
The grade 10 student from Claremont Secondary School in Saanich was snowboarding with family in the alpine resort, when he went missing around 4pm, Tuesday.
A Comox search and rescue crew found his body at 11pm near an unmarked tree well close to the top of the mountain.
BC Coroners are still investigating the precise cause of death.