Sydenham High remembers star athlete, friend to all 0
Submitted photosGavin Davis-Young
Family and friends of Gavin Davis-Young continue this week to mourn the death of a young man who is being remembered as a star athlete and a caring friend.
The 16-year-old Sydenham High School student was killed in a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Murton and Forest roads, after a Ford pickup truck slid through an intersection and hit a pole in the early evening on Feb. 17.
The driver of the 2007 Ford F150 pickup, 17-year-old Robert Tibbett, remains in critical condition with head trauma and broken bones. A second passenger, 16-year-old Mackenzie Walsh, suffered minor head injuries and broken bones.
Frontenac OPP, who are investigating the accident, say Davis-Young was not wearing a seat-belt.
"We have many students and staff here [at Sydenham High School] that are mourning," says principal Shawn Lehman. "Gavin was well known to a variety of the students at our school. He was a very strong athlete, so he was connected with that group, and he connected with another group who were his friends. People are certainly upset."
Davis-Young was a member of the junior boys' basketball, football, and track and field teams. Among his athletic accomplishments was a gold medal win in shot put at OFSAA in 2008.
Davis-Young is being remembered as an extremely kind, considerate, and compassionate person.
"He was such a great friend," says Sydenham student Raquel Pauls. "You could be having the worst day of your life and he'd dance around and make you smile."
"He was always so much fun to be around," adds friend Miranda Morey. "He was always joking around."
Davis-Young was actively involved with Sydenham's School to Community, a class for developmentally challenged students.
"The students adored him, they just thought he walked on water," says Lehman. "He really got a lot of pleasure and joy out of working with them, and did on a daily basis. I think that's something he was looking at doing after he finished high school."
Staff and students at Sydenham are remembering Davis-Young in a number of ways; hats and T-shirts have been made that say "Rest In Peace Gavin" or "The Sky is the Limit." Many students also plan on getting tattoos that say "The Sky is the Limit" on their arms in his memory.
Davis-Young's friend Courtney Parent created a Facebook group in his honour, which quickly acquired over 1,000 members.
"We first met at a school football game when he was on the team," she says. "He was an amazing friend, always there when you needed him."
A memorial book was also signed by hundreds of students; many of the messages refer to Davis-Young's kindness and exceptional athletic ability. The book was presented to Gavin's parents, Judy and Ian Davis-Young, at a memorial service held at Sydenham High School Wednesday evening.
In keeping with Gavin's compassionate nature, his organs have been donated to the Trillium Gift of Life.