Special tribute was paid to Barrie today for the Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave, who died suddenly while staying in Barrie.
Cave was only twenty-five when he died on April 11 after suffering from brain bleeding a few days earlier. He and his wife Emily were in their forties at Barrie, along with Emily’s parents. The young couple had been married for less than a year.
Today, his wife and family members each donned a Cave jersey as a long convoy of vehicles drove past their home.
“We’re just going to wave hockey sticks, wear jerseys and share love and support through signs,” said family friend Andrea Convey.
A similar scene took place in North Battleford, Saskatchewan after Cave’s death. A procession of cars and emergency vehicles covered with Colby Cave signs bordered a highway for several kilometers to pay tribute to the NHL player.
Cave was rushed to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center last week before being transferred to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto when he did not wake up. He was placed in a medically induced coma while the surgeons were working to remove a cyst from his brain. He passed away on Saturday.
Because of the necessary physical distance, friends paid tribute while driving to his in-laws. Some restless signs; others were holding hockey sticks.
“Unfortunately, a funeral cannot occur under these circumstances,” says Convey. “So this is the second best way to think.”
The Cave family and the Edmonton Oilers established the Colby Cave Memorial Fund. Proceeds will go to community programs, focusing on mental health and sports for disadvantaged children.