Kyle Jonathan Adams had a positive outlook on life – something his family hopes will help them deal with his sudden death last week.
"I think he was so peaceful," Kyle’s mom, Lorraine Adams, said. "I think we can all learn a lot from a person like that.
"Kyle wouldn’t stress over something like this."
The 25-year-old died after his car lost control on Osborne Bay Road shortly before midnight last Thursday and rolled into a ravine. A passenger, one of Kyle’s close friends, was able to get out and seek help, but Kyle was pronounced dead at the scene.
An adventurous man, Kyle spent time on Haida Gwaii after graduating from Cowichan Secondary School, and worked in the Yukon, always taking time to explore his surroundings.
"He loved the outdoors," Lorraine recalled. "He loved hiking, not so much staying on the trails as finding his own trails."
Kyle was also sensitive and thoughtful.
"He was very insightful," Lorraine said. "He knew what was important in life."
Family and friends were the most important things to Kyle, who had a particular attachment to his oneand-a-half-year-old niece, Layla. The daughter of Kyle’s younger sister, Kymberly, Layla lives in Edmonton, but came to visit at Christmas.
"He liked to play guitar for her, and she would move around, trying to dance," Lorraine said. "He would take her to the beach. He was sharing what he loved with her."
Kyle’s family also includes an older sister, Jessica Peters, who recently moved back to the Island, and a dad who lives on Haida Gwaii.
Also important to Kyle was music, something he loved to share with his friends and family, or enjoy on his own. Lorraine would often listen to him writing songs in the basement.
"He loved to play guitar by the campfire, either with friends or just by himself," she said.
Kyle had recently returned to school at Vancouver Island University with the goal of becoming an engineer.
It will be his unique perspective that leaves the biggest impact.
"He had a great sense of humour," Lorraine recalled. "He said it was important to laugh at things because they’re not going to matter a year from now."
Kyle Adams will be remembered this Saturday in a service at St. Edward’s Church at 1 p.m.