THOMAS, EVAN WALKER
September 6, 1999 - April 6, 2018
In a life too short lived there is not enough history – the meagre 213 months of his life spent with us were way too short. Canadians and the entire hockey world know of the tragedy that caused us to write this obituary but very few others can possibly know the impact this heart-breaking event has on those who remain behind to mourn his loss. Evan was tragically taken from us in a horrific bus accident north of Tisdale on his way to play hockey.
Evan was predeceased by his grandpa Kel Ellard. Evan will be lovingly remembered by his mother Laurie, his father Scott and his sister Jordyn. Also mourning his loss are grandparents Frank and Betty Thomas, and Marg Ellard; great grandparents Adaline Thomas and Mildred Norum, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, teammates and schoolmates.
Make no mistake his passing was tragic and unfair. Anyone who knew him will mourn his loss forever. Evan was a magical light - lighting our lives with his engaging smile and generous heart. There is a dark spot in our souls that will never be bright again. Hopefully the beautiful memories of him will carry us through this darkness to a day that maybe we can smile again. We will miss him forever.
Let’s take a minute to talk about some of what Evan was able to do in those few years he was here:
Evan was a fantastic athlete and an even better student. He played a lot of baseball and hockey and he loved his teammates. Quality time with his teammates was a direct line to Evan’s heart. Sometimes we think Evan played the sport not so much because he loved the sport itself, but because he loved the people he played with. The last team to benefit from Evan’s love was the Humboldt Broncos. If there is some comfort for him in this tragedy, it will come from the fact that he died amongst teammates he loved.
Evan played baseball with the Saskatoon Blue Jays and went to the Canadian National finals at the Bantam level in Toronto, in 2014 where he was a gold glove award winner at second base.
In hockey he was picked in the Bantam draft by the Kootenay Ice of the WHL and signed with them in September of 2017 but returned to play with the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL that same month.
In school he could pull out a 95% in almost any subject and with little effort. He was a prolific learner and it came easy to him. Evan won the Vanier Collegiate Science award in Grade 11 for the highest mark in the school. Evan attended Silver Springs Elementary School, Centennial Collegiate in Saskatoon, then Vanier Collegiate in Moose Jaw in 2016 and 2017 while playing hockey for the Midget AAA Moose Jaw Generals. He returned to Saskatoon to graduate from Centennial Collegiate in June 2017.
Evan enjoyed family vacations, most recently in Cuba and Dominican Republic. Plus, the many years of family time at the lake where he will forever hold the Kaiser and Cribbage belts.
For Evan the best was yet to come. It is a certainty that he would have pursued a career with the same zeal that he displayed in his sport and academic achievements. Whatever he would have chosen to do he would have done it well and been a true contributor to society. The world is at a loss almost as much as his family.
We want to thank the first responders, and emergency personnel who tried to deal with the carnage of the accident, the RCMP, the community of Nipawin, the Humboldt Broncos organization and most importantly so very many friends, some from many years ago that have offered comfort and condolences in this difficult time. Your simple presence, your words, and your embraces made a difference to us.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Jordyn Thomas Education Fund, in Memory of Brother Evan Thomas (donations can be made at any TD Bank branch) or to the Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe.
Play for the name on the front, not the one on the back
We hope one day the tears will end – BUT we know the memories never will.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.) in Saskatoon.
Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.