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Adrian Boissonneault 1985 – 2018

Posted By Drake Smith On January 28, 2018 @ 3:20 pm In Obituaries | 22 Comments

In Memorial


Adrian Yvon Boissonneault died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the age of 32 years.  He was travelling from a conference in Vancouver to a business meeting in Kelowna. This was an exciting time in Adrian’s life; he was uplifted by the path he was on and the possibilities ahead of him.

Born in Stewart, BC on December 5, 1985 and raised in Victoria, Adrian set roots in Nelson in 2014 and felt at home in his community there. He attended a three month program at Yasodhara Ashram as part of their Under 30 Youth Program which was a life changing stay for him. Adrian continued to visit the ashram after his time there, supported in the re-building of the main temple after a fire, and is remembered fondly by those who came to know him. Adrian loved spending time canoeing on Kootenay Lake and hiking to the local Pulpit lookout in Nelson with his friend’s dog, Dexter. The mountain was his second home and he had set a goal of 100 days snowboarding this winter. Most recently, he was focusing his energy and passion into developing his businesses, Certified CBD and Kootenay Tours.

Adrian was a free-spirited risk taker and that came with many challenges into his adulthood.  His fast mind with big stories and cascading ideas often had him pushing boundaries.

He led with a huge heart, big voice and lift-you-off-the-ground hugs as he devoured life.  He was always connecting with new people and loved to show others a good time as well as inspire them to be better versions of themselves.

Adrian leaves behind his father, Mike Boissonneault (Victoria) his mother, Karen Gibbons (Gabriola), and his sister, Amy Boissonneault (Vancouver). He is survived by his maternal grandparents Marian Gibbons (North Vancouver), Maurice Gibbons and step-grandmother, Leslie Gibbons (West Vancouver).  Adrian is survived by his paternal grandmother, Bette Hammond (Victoria).

Please join us to remember and celebrate Adrian’s life on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the North Shore Unitarian Church, 370 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver.

We invite your stories and experiences.

In memory of Adrian’s life please consider making a donation to the Yosadhara Ashram’s Education and Outreach Program: http://www.yasodhara.org/give/  or contact them at (250)-227-9224


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Condolence from Bobb Hamilton and Marion Evamy on January 28th, 2018 6:13 pm

Karen. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of sadness, grief and loss.
May your memories of Adrian and the wonderful times you spent together give all of you the strength to process this devastating period in your lives.
We look forward to seeing you back on the Island soon to spend time with us.

Hugs and much love,
Marion and Bobb

Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 5th, 2018 11:01 am

Thank you both. I will.

Condolence from Vivian and Dennis Braam on January 28th, 2018 10:02 pm

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful young man. Much love to you all, now and always.

Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 5th, 2018 11:03 am

Thank you. I loved Dennis sharing his memory of Adrian when I phoned you.

Condolence from Mike Boissonneault on February 7th, 2018 1:38 pm

Vivian – Dennis:

Very good to see you both! Thanks for all your help in making the service so special. Vivian,… so glad you came to visit us in Stewart shortly after Adrian was born. The image of you holding Adrian is an all time favourite.


Condolence from Debra Connolly on January 30th, 2018 12:26 pm

Heartfelt condolences and much love to you and your family at this time. May you always be present to Adrian’s love for you and surrounded by your cherished memories of him.

Condolence from Bradley M Caldwell on January 30th, 2018 3:19 pm

We are so sorry to hear about your great loss. We cannot even begin to imagine the shock and the great sadness you must now be experiencing. Please know that you are in our thoughts. We are here if you need us.

Brad and Natalie

Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 5th, 2018 11:04 am

I will need you. You have already been great.

Condolence from Pam Smirl on January 31st, 2018 9:56 pm

You are in my thoughts. Please accept my condolences. I will always remember Adrian’s engaging personality. His soul always shone when he played the piano. I am here for you. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need me.


Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 5th, 2018 11:00 am

You would have lived his send-off yesterday. My musician brother hired a pianist who played beautiful music. As part of the service, we had Tom Arntzen play Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, which Adrian had loved playing when he was a teen. Music really squeezes my heart, but that is okay.

Condolence from Mike Boissonneault on February 7th, 2018 1:42 pm


So good of you to respond! At the service I told a story of Adrian playing an old out of tune piano in a restaurant when he accompanied me at one of my running race relays. The place was empty when we showed up,… he played jazz, classical and Titanic pieces and filled the place with folks asking for more and more music from this amazing young boy. A hat was passed around for him and he made almost $100. It was a wonderful memory for him (us),… one that we spoke about frequently. Thanks for all you love and support.


Condolence from marilyn moore on February 1st, 2018 1:13 pm

Dear Mike, Karen, Amy,
My heartfelt condolence. Wish I could tell you why.
Met Adrian a few years ago on the Songhees walkway. We had a good visit. He was a good looking happy guy.
Marilyn Moore

Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 5th, 2018 11:06 am

Marilyn! As in Tony’s Mum. You played a special role in our lives. I’m glad to know you saw Adrian.

Condolence from Mike Boissonneault on February 7th, 2018 1:44 pm


Really good to hear from you! Tony has been in touch too. We had a very special service for Adrian last weekend. Next time Tony and Linda are in town, would be good to see you.


Condolence from Rob Rayner on February 1st, 2018 6:33 pm

My condolences to Karen, Mike, Amy, and the rest of Adrian’s family.
Growing up with Adrian by my side and remembering all the adventures and experiences we had, I can’t imagine that his adventure has ended so suddenly and before it should have.

Adrian was blessed to have such wonderful parents, and I remember fondly tagging along to Tofino to try surf kayaking, and many delicious pancake breakfasts after sleepovers. We learned to rock climb together, and took break dancing classes, and Adrian was the friendliest, happiest guy in the gym. I’ll always remember a treasure hunt we did around Thetis Lake for his birthday that involved singing along to Limp Bizkit, getting slightly lost in the dark, and finding Clif bars at just the right times.

My thoughts are with you Mike, Amy and Karen, and if I can do anything please reach out.

Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 5th, 2018 10:54 am

I am so happy to read your remembrances of your friendship with Adrian. I loved planning those birthday parties. The one you describe was the last one of some 15 which traditionally included some version of a treasure hunt (as soon as it was age appropriate). I was so pleased to come up with that park-in-the-dark theme for you rambunctious boys. I know you enjoyed the thrill of being scared!
Your memories mean so much to me, Robert.

Condolence from Mike Boissonneault on February 7th, 2018 1:46 pm


So very good to hear from you! You were a dear special friend to Adrian! I know you had great adventures together and it was always a pleasure to have you over for visits, meals and laughs.


Condolence from Brenda Falvey & Laurence Perry on February 5th, 2018 12:06 pm

We are so deeply saddened by your loss…
He truely had a spirit that sang with the wolves, and soared with the eagles. May friends and family draw closer to help ease the feelings of loss and pain. With ease and grace may the joy of his spirit wash your tears and enbrace his love.
“Unable are the Loved to die, for love is Immortality” – Emily Dickinson-

Condolence from Mike Boissonneault on February 7th, 2018 1:48 pm


Good to hear from you! I recall the time you were good enough to have us visit for a ski trip. We told the kids you were really strict and they need to be on best behaviour,… just kidding with them. When we showed up,… you came across like a drill sergeant,… lined them up and made them show whether their hands and finger nails were clean. It was so funny. You were very good to them,… and as always to us. Thank you.


Condolence from Taryn Zotzman on February 9th, 2018 11:01 pm

I Lived with Adrian On Big White, Ski Resort when we were 20. We had some wonderful times together snowboarding. Words are never enough, but please know my heart is with you. Sending Love and Peace to you.

Condolence from Karen Gibbons on February 21st, 2018 4:44 pm

I remember you, Taryn. Remember the newspaper article about you two heading out to get a Christmas tree in the wild for your first Christmas away from home?

Condolence from Cale Ralston on February 11th, 2018 9:51 am

You had a heart of gold Adrian. I dreamt about you last night. Till we meet again, maybe I’ll see you in my dreams some other time.

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