Colleen Hanson, Kelowna, BC
My son Miguel was the middle child of our 3 boys. He was loved immensely and is sadly missed by all those who loved him, especially Gabriel, his youngest brother, and Justin his oldest brother. Miguel was the kindest, most giving, soft hearted soul that anyone could ever hope to have as a friend, or as a son. He started off life with a major birth defect that affected his voice and the ability to speak. Although deprived of oxygen at birth for a significant time, we later learned that he had an extremely high IQ. and worked beyond his years in school throughout elementary and early on in to high school. He was always teased by other boys about his deep, gruff voice. Very early, Miguel learned to defend himself against the bullies. The girls all loved his deep, "sexy" voice and he never seemed to be without a female friend. He was active in school activities such as outdoor sports, loved camping, fishing, snowboarding, and skiing. We used to winter camp as a family at Sunshine Ski Village and Miguel loved every second of that. Sadly, after dropping out of high school to earn big money in the oilfield sector of Alberta, excess alcohol use and drug use followed. Many overdoses in the 10 years that the oil industry consumed my son and ultimately led to his death from a fentanyl overdose on June 9th, 2016. Our lives will never be the same and I will constantly long to hear his, deep, gravelly voice calling me to say "Hey Mama Bear, what's up?". I hold him in my heart, now and until eternity. R.I.P. my precious Migster.
Son Miguel Jacques Lamoureux, February 20, 1985- June 9th, 2016, 31 years old.