7:30 a.m., Sept. 7)
fill church to celebrate young man's rich life
By Fred Sherwin
than 600 people filled Divine Infant Catholic Church on
Friday to pay their last respects to Emerson Curran, the
young man who was killed the night before he was supposed
to return home from Yellowknife.
Curran was eulogized at the beginning of the service by
his father Michael who described his son as loving, thoughtful,
caring and intelligent.
some he was quiet, reserved and loving. To others he was
mischievous, fun-loving and larger than life with a life
so big it would startled people," said the elder
personal memory of Emerson is the face of a two-year-old
who arrived in the neighbourhood park and delightfully
shouted 'Who wants to play?' The older kids initially
looked uninterested, but within a few minutes his infectious
enthusiasm won them over and soon everyone was following
said that he took solace in a passage from the Book of
Wisdom that states, the length of days is not what makes
age honorable, nor the number of years the true measure
of life. He then talked about the many things Emerson
managed to accomplish during his own life.
climbed the highest mountain in the Adirobdacks. He took
a canoe trip down the Gananoque River. He experienced
the camaraderie of playing on a championship football
team. He visited Beijing in China. He attended university
and studied the world's greatest philosophers. He fell
in love and by all accounts he spent the summer of his
life exploring the north."
in Yellowknife, Emerson would regularly call his mother,
grandparents or siblings on his own accord and engage
in long conversations.
Curran also recalled lighter moments like the time Emerson
got his younger brother to do the dishes for him in exchange
for getting to use his skateboard.
most importantly I think Emerson distinguished himself
with the way he treated others -- with respect, with understanding,
with compassion, with caring and with love. Emerson's
passing reminds us that we must cherish each and every
day, to fully appreciate our blessings, to love our family
and friends with all of our hearts and ensure acts of
goodwill always overcome moments of despair."
the service, mourners gathered in the church hall where
fond memories were exchanged next to Emerson's St. Peter
Knights football jersey, a signed helmet, his high school
graduation picture, and a wall of photos.
20-year-old's enduring legacy will be that of a life-saver.
Besides the fact that most of his major organs were donated
to others in need of life-saving transplants, he inspired
more than 100 friends to sign organ donation cards.
is survived by father Michael Curran, mother Catrina,
siblings Graeme, Liam, and Lauren, his paternal grandparents
Charles and Diane Curran, his maternal grandparents Philippe
and Sylvia Gosselin and his girlfriend Jillian Gummo.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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