This weekend we lost a fellow rider. Chris Turner passed away unexpectedly in his sleep last Sunday morning. He was a healthy 28 year-old, active in mountain biking, surfing, soccer and hockey.
Many of you either know Chris personally, or will at least recognize his work as he designed some of the most popular local mountain biking websites such as Dangerous Dan’s Flowriders, Sterling Lorence, Sombrio and others.
Chris taught us both how to Snowboard and he was one of the first snowboarders on Blackcomb Mountain and also one of the first instructors. His passion for snowboarding inspired me to be an instructor as well. He was an incredible role model and someone my brother and I respected greatly. Not only did he get us into snowboarding, he also introduced us to the best sport of all; mountain biking. As kids we spent a lot of time at the Turner’s house riding our bikes down the trail to Port Moody. Last week we reminisced about our many adventures and said if we still lived there, the whole trail would consist of dirt jumps, from top to bottom. We had a good laugh about the old days and how today we still love the sport of mountain biking.
My dad was very involved in helping Chris start his business and mentored him along the way. Six months ago, I started my own business as well, and was also taken under my father’s wing. It’s my dad’s way of setting us up for our world of experiences.
It’s been a great pleasure working with Chris everyday for the last six months and learning about the different Web sites he was creating. He was so proud of his work, and was excited to work with so many great people. Some of his work included;
Additionally he had worked on projects for Cove Bikes and Dave Watson.
Chris, you were and will always be an inspiration to us all. We take our memories of you wherever we go. Thank you for being a friend to us all and for making this world a better place. We will miss you greatly.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Turner family.
Chris’s memorial is taking place on Friday, April 2nd at 2:00 PM at:
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
1440 West 12th Ave.
A reception will be held immediately following at the Vancouver Rowing Club, Stanley Park, Coal Harbor.
In lieu of flowers the Turner family will be establishing a legacy fund is being established in Chris’ name, the details of which will be available in the near future.
Please dedicate your next ride to the memory of Chris.