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DAYE, Cameron Charles

May 11, 1985 – Calgary, AB
February 15, 2014 -Black Diamond, AB

The family of Cameron Charles Daye announces his passing on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the age of 28 years; shortly after spending a wonderful Valentine’s Day with his wife Elizabeth Daye.

Cameron was born on May 11, 1985 at the Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary. He was always a curious and adventurous boy who became a kind and compassionate man. In 1992, Cameron moved to Brentwood where he made many friends. The “Brentwood Boys”, Ryan Sawyer, Derek Todd, Richard Marsh and Cole Tarras. He graduated from Sir Winston Churchill High School and Foothills Academy, where he first met Elizabeth. Cam’s booming voice, incredible sense of humor and ability to make people laugh, paired with his deeply philosophical side touched many people and will be forever remembered by all who loved him or simply were lucky to be in his presence. He was fiercely protective of his loved ones and would do anything to help those he cared for. He passed away after the bravest journey with spindle cell sarcoma. One in which he chose to see cancer as an opportunity for growth and change rather than despair. He was the living embodiment of the saying “live every day to the fullest”. Throughout his journey Cam remained hopeful, positive and often without meaning to, touched and changed people’s outlook on life. He was extraordinarily stubborn and even as a small child would tell his parents “You’re not the boss of me”. This stubbornness, while trying at times for those who loved him, proved instrumental in him refusing to simply give up to cancer. His wife, Elizabeth, stood bravely beside him and loved him deeply and dearly in every moment of their journey together. Together they strove to create a life-time of memories in a very short time. Their love was evident to everyone, but most importantly for Cam and Elizabeth there was never any questioning how they felt about each other. Cam was a musician at heart who loved drum and bass, as well as dub step. He took recording arts at school, however decided that this would be his passion and not his career. Early in 2014 Cameron became a journeyman electrician. Cam loved to go hiking with his wife, extended family and dogs Bentley and Mickey. It was on these hikes he truly became philosophical and came to terms with all that was going on in his life.

Cameron is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Leanne Parsons Daye, whose love and devotion helped him through many difficult times both before and after his diagnosis with spindle cell sarcoma in 2012. His parents, Ron Daye and Susan Evans Daye; sisters Bronwyn and Jennifer; step-mother Melani Carefoot and her children George, Henry and Catherine Carefoot; Aunt Gail Spencer; cousins Adam, Megan and Andrew Spencer, Kathleen (Richard) Kerwin, Christine and Peter Marshall, Tracy and Todd Kerwin, Pamela Evans, Luca Sciangola, Jennifer Evans and (Jay Williams), Alice- Marie and (Pat) Holden, and Sheila and Alan Holden. Cameron is also survived by Elizabeth’s family, Dr. Gerard Parsons (Suzanne Crocker), Sam, Tess, and Kate Crocker, Ursula Kurth, Myk and (Uschi) Kurth; cousins Lilian and Thomas, Melanie Parsons and Seeka Veevee-Terry, as well as grandparents Dr. Melvin Parsons and Eva Parsons.

The family would like to thank Dr. S. Morys, Dr. J.W. Henning and Dr. V. Bramwell. Thanks to the compassionate and caring nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. And a very large thank you to all the Fire and EMS personnel, as well as staff at the Black Diamond Hospital who treated Cameron and his family with such compassion at the most delicate of moments.

Funeral Services will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919-8TH AVENUE N.W.), on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Rev. Murray Laverty officiating. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Cameron Daye, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Cheryl Lynn (Daye) Flower :

    Dear Susan, Ronald and family;
    I was so sad and sorry to hear of Caneron’s passing. He certainly fought a good fight. He sounds like a very nice man…I wish I could have known him. I’m so sorry for your loss, but know you are all in my prayers.
    Love Cheryl Lynn & Dave Flower

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  2. There is one more star shining in the sky tonight…Cam lives on in the stories and memories that are shared by his loving family and friends. I wish you all peace.
    Love Steph McCarthy

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  3. The Hassler family :

    Dear Ron, Melani and family
    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy during this very difficult time for you all.
    With much love,
    George, Heather, Thomas , Hilary,Jon-Michael, Paulina, Jeffrey and Ryan

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  4. Tulin S. Bahcheli :

    I am very sad to hear your loss Ron, Melani. I pray God to give you strength to cope with your sorrow.

    Tulin

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  5. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful brave boy Cameron. He clearly embraced life fully and made a lasting impact on all those who knew him. A kind, caring, loyal son, brother, and husband who will always be missed but never forgotten.

    Eternal Rest give to Cameron Charles Daye, Oh Lord,
    And let perpetual light shine upon him,
    May he rest in peace.
    Amen

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  6. My memories of Cam are strong and always great! Such a great man, I met his mother once, and she clearly raised a wonderful son as she was just as wonderful! God has gained another angel, that will be looking down on all of us! My condolences are unexplainable! From the bottom of my heart! All my love and care.

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  7. Jane (Sinclair) and Glen Williams :

    Susan, Ron and Family,
    Glen and I are sad to hear of Cameron’s passing. Your description of him as a child brings back memories of him in our cottage, asserting his boyhood rights. I am so glad to hear about his passion, love and stubbornness in adulthood. He certainly was loved in return and that is to be remembered. Our thoughts are with you all in the next days as you celebrate his special life.
    Love Jane and Glen Williams

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  8. Sending deepest sympathy to Leanne, family and friends; so very sorry for your loss
    Barb Cook

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  9. Dr. Harry and Marie (Grant) Clarke :

    Kathleen, Richard and the Daye family
    This is a sad time for you who Cameron had to leave behind. It is also a time of peace, when all that was painful and difficult has now found release. Although we did not know Cameron personally, he touched our lives through our friends Kathleen and Richard. Kathleen, your stories of Cameron, his journey and his spirit were inspirational and are so well represented in his family’s final words announcing his passing and paying tribute to his life. We offer our sincere condolences to you all and know that although time will ease the pain of your loss it will also place Cameron closer to you than he has even been in life. He will be in your hearts and therefore always with you. He will bring smiles to your faces at the most unexpected times and you will feel the comfort of his presence forever with you.
    Our kindest and gentlest thoughts are sent to you all.

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  10. C Goodine and R Rombough :

    Susan, Ron, Bronwyn and Jen, so sorry to hear of Cameron’s passing. Our thoughts are with all of you. Connie , Robert and family.

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  11. Dear Susan and your family, Kathleen and Rich informed me of Cameron’s passing on to His next journey in his life. I can’t imagine what it is like to loose a child, but I do know what a difficult journey that Cameron and Elizabeth have been on. I hope that some day you and your family find peace and those wonderful memories you have bring back the happy times that they are. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Judy Kerwin

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  12. Catherine Kakpovbia :

    Dear Ron, Melani and Family,
    I am shocked and sad to read about Cam’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this extremely difficult time. May the loving memory of him give you strength, peace and courage to cope with this great loss.

    Catherine Kakpovbia & Family

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  13. Ron, Melani, Henry & Sarah
    So sorry to hear of your great loss.
    Bob

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  14. Dear Leanne
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May Cam’s life fill you with strength and faith in the future. Thinking of you…..
    Cousin Sonya from the east coast

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  15. Susan ,Ron and family
    My thoughts are with you all!
    I had many enjoyable moments here in Fredericton with Cam when he lived with us while attending school.
    He was a wonderful young man.

    Kim Williams

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  16. Dear Elizabeth
    You are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. We saw first hand the love that you and Cam shared and how special you are to so many people. Sending our love and huge hugs.
    Denise & Bert

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  17. Richard Kerwin :

    Dear Susan and amp;family ,I was so sorry to hear that Cameron passed away , he fought a good battle never gave up that is the way Cameron lived his life, I have nice memories of Cameron and Todd and Peter at the cottage those are the things I will always remember about Cameron , I hope his wonderful memories give your family peace and comfort in the day’s ahead. Rick kerwin

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  18. Linda Costello :

    Dear Leanne, Susan, Ron, Bronwyn and Jennifer,
    So very sad to hear of Cameron’s passing. He fought the ‘good fight’, and is now at peace. I hope you too will find peace some day, but until then, you have wonderful memories of Cameron’s love, compassion, kindness and humour to sustain you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  19. Daye family & friends
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were a part of Camerons life- To Leanne, Holly and Jenn who I had a chance to personally know- I send you strength and courage; and may the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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  20. Lindsay Crocker :

    Dearest Leanne and Daye Family,
    I am so deeply sad to find out about your extreme loss this morning. The love that you and Cam shared was greatly evident, even from afar. I hope you will be able to keep the love and strength that the two of you shared and that this will help you through the difficult journey ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Lindsay Crocker

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  21. We have so many amazing memories of Cam and the Brentwood Boys. We basically spent every weekend of our highschool years together, running around Brentwood and hanging out in Cam’s basement. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Daye for welcoming Kat and I into your lives. We always felt Cam “had our backs” and watched out for us as the girls in the group. He was like a brother. Seeing him recently was a huge blessing – seeing the light in his eyes and the incomparable love between he and Elizabeth was indescribable. We are feeling this loss and thinking of Cam’s entire family and loved ones every day. We will never forget Cam’s laugh.

    Lots of love,

    Lisa Marks

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  22. Lewis Family(Dave, Cathy and Patrick) :

    Ron and Susan, from the Lewis family, our deepest sympathy for your loss of Cam.
    We knew and enjoyed Cam’s energy and zest for life when he was a young boy at Dr. Coffin school. He was one of Patricks best buddies and they enjoyed many ski days and sleepovers. We all remember him with fondness and were fortunate to see him and meet his wife last year at a coffee shop in Calgary. He was an important part of Patricks young life and was always welcome at our home. Sincerely, Cathy, Dave and Patrick

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  23. Todd and Stacey Kerwin :

    Susan and Family,

    So sad to hear the news of Cam’s passing. I have such fond memories of the summers our families spent together on Indian Lake. Our hearts are with you in this time of sadness. Keep together and stay strong.

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  24. Dear Ron, Melani & Family;

    Words cannot express how sad I am for the loss of Cameron. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    From an Irish headstone”
    ― Richard Puz, The Carolinian

    Sending you my love,

    Susan L

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  25. My deepest condolences to your family. My heart extends to your family during this time. Yes, life its so precious and time slips through our hands like dust in the wind and I wish you all the precious living and loving memories will continue to bless and remind you always of the one you love so deeply. May you find the strength, courage and solice in your circle of friends and loved ones. Respectfully,
    Cara Wilson

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  26. I was so sorry to hear of Cam’s passing. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Cam, I did hear many wonderful stories about him from his sister Jenn who is a beloved friend of mine. I would like to sincerely express my condolences to all of Cam’s family, friends and loved ones. He was blessed with a wonderful family and from what I’ve heard, lived his live to the fullest and with great passion and love. I hope this comforts you during this impossible time. All my love,

    Lacey

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  27. Maureen (Price) and Wayne Moore :

    Wayne and I want to send our deepest condolences to you all at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead.

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  28. Cathy (Stickles) and Chuck Madott :

    Although I had only met Cameron one time during his short life, I had heard many good things about him over the years from my sister Dorothy. To Susan and all of the Daye/Evans family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Cathy (Stickles) and Chuck Madott

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  29. Ray and Stacy Vukelic/Carol Collison :

    To Ron, Mel, Elizabeth, and the families,

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Cam’s passing. We have met Cam only few times and most of them were at TBCC. Through those few times, Cam has certainly become and inspiration in his brave fight.
    Our deepest condolences and our prayers through these most difficult times.

    Stace and Ray Vukelic, Carol Collison

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  30. Trilby (leach) Sylvain and family :

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I have many childhood memories of Cameron and your family. You have written a wonderful obituary which highlights Cameron as we knew him but also speaks of the wonderful person he became and how strong he was.

    Trilby & Jean-Michel Sylvain

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  31. Noreen Morrison :

    Susan,Ron and family
    My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Cameron.
    What a courageous young man. He certainly lived life to
    the fullest.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers the next few days.
    All my love
    Noreen

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  32. Dear Ron, Melanie. Bromwyn , Jen and family.
    I am so saddened about the passing of Cameron, the last time I saw him was at a Rangelands Christmas Party. We had a long talk about his journey with cancer, his positive attitude, his zest for life, and the love for his wife and family. I had the pleasure of meeting Cameron’s wife that same evening, just a lovely person.
    As I lost my Husband over 3 years ago, I can say the journey is very tough along the way but it slowly gets easier, focus on the wonderful times you had together .

    My love and thoughts are with you all.
    Cas, Stacey, Chad, Collison

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  33. The Mathieson Family - Ucluelet :

    Ron, Mel, Elizabeth and family

    Jeff and I were so upset to hear of Cam’s passing. We knew how serious his illness was, but we always saw him here, on holiday, on “holiday mode” fishing with his Dad, in happy times, even when we knew he was ill. It is a devastating time for your family and we are sending you our love and strength. We cannot fathom why such an illness would take someone so young and strong, kind and genuine, smart and loved, but we are glad to have met him. He lived his life to the fullest .A stoic, strong and determined personality, is the Cameron that shone through to us.
    – Brenda, Jeff, Dylan, Marlowe, and Kara

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  34. I’ve only had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Cameron once. It was beautiful to watch the interactions between Cam and his sisters, Jenn and Bronywn. There was so much love, humor and kindness. To the Daye family and friends, I hope the precious memories of your beloved son, brother, husband, and friend will comfort you in this difficult time.
    Love,
    Irene Ly

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  35. JoAnne Akerboom :

    Dear Ron, Susan, Bronwyn and Jennifer,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Today I listened to our Bishop speak about another young person who’s life tragically ended. He spoke of this person as a gem that had been shared with many but now must be returned to God. As he spoke I thought of Cameron and what a gem he was. He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with and we are all fortunate to have known someone as special as Cameron. My prayers are with all of you.

    Love and hugs,
    JoAnne

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  36. St. Paul's United Church, Fredericton, NB :

    Our Sincere Condolences to Cameron’s family and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Rev. Lori Beth

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  37. Adrienne Malloy :

    Dear Ron, Susan & family,
    I was so sorry to learn of Cam’s passing. Our paths have not crossed in some time but you have been such a part of Peter and Corinne’s ‘Calgary family’ for so long, that I wanted to send along my heartfelt condolences.
    Adrienne

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  38. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. I admired Camerons determination to complete his apprenticeship even under such difficult circumstances. It showed real character.

    Allan Bozek and Family

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  39. Margaret MacInnis and David Kavanagh :

    Dear Susan, Ron and family,
    Word of Cameron’s passing is a sad shock. We knew him only as a toddler. He obviously became a strong and impressive young man. No surprise. Wishing all of you comfort somehow, sometime soon. Sincere condolences.
    Margaret and David

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  40. The Crosby Family :

    To all the extended Daye and Parson’s Families, please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences.

    Cameron’s inner strength and bravery in dealing with his illness and the amazing warmth and compassion he showed for those around him, revealed remarkable spirit for someone so young.

    We knew Cameron, all too briefly, but, the memories of his *larger then life* personality and infectious laugh will be with us forever.

    May you find some Comfort and Peace in knowing he was loved and cherished by all who knew him.

    With hugs and prayers, xoxo The Crosbys
    Jim, Joy, James, Courtenay, William and Cecilia

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  41. Cindy Gallagher :

    What a beautiful expression of love for your Cameron
    He is only a thought away, we must remember that
    Please accept my most sincere condolences Leanne, Susan, Ron, Bronwyn, Jenn, Beloved Aunts and all of Cameron’s Family and Friends

    Sincerely
    Cindy

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  42. Dear Ron Daye & Family,
    My heart is heavy;with a deep Sympathy.
    You and Your Family are in my prayers.
    Love
    T.S

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  43. Donna Andersen (Thierman) :

    Ron, Susan and Family
    So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all of you. I am thinking of you and you are in my prayers.
    Donna

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  44. Ted Bachman & Family :

    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. No words can help ease the loss you suffered, but know that you are very close in our thoughts and prayers.

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  45. Michael Davey :

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Cameron, he was indeed a great friend and person. Please be strong and continuing living life the way Cam would, he will be greatly Missed.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Davey

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