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Tyler was as full of life as any person could possibly be. His passion for motocross was larger than anyone I know and continuously inspires me.
I work at Goodwood Public School and have many stories of my times with Tyler. I always looked forward to lunch times at school. As soon as Tyler heard me he would run out of his classroom with something to tell me or show me something he had tucked away in his backpack. The last thing he had to show me were his standings in the races along with another of his friends. I remember telling him how awesome he was and giving him a high five. His teacher would always say " Tyler get back in here. You never asked to leave". He would just shrug his shoulders and say " I will be right there, it will only take a minute". Needless to say she just gave up and let him talk to me. The last 2 weeks of school were extremely hard because as I walked down the! hall my heart would drop knowing he wouldn't be coming to see me. One of the people I worked with always said that Tyler had me right under his thumb. How right she was and how glad I am that he did. Those memories will always be special to me. A spark went out on June 14th which will never be rekindled by another. I will miss Tyler forever but will always be thankful for knowing such a special boy. He brightened many a day for me.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know and be friends with Tyler and his family since moving to Uxbridge directly across the road from their house.
A young boy always eager to help anyone, his artistic abilities were awesome. I loved his close bond with his little sister Alyssa, as it reminded me so much of the relationship my Brother and I still share.I will miss my little Friend, but he will NEVER be forgotten.
Ride in Peace Tyler Massey!!Your friend,
Sherry Steeves xo
Emma Goldman, author , wrote. ..
"No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosityhidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock
that treasure."As Tyler's Third Grade teacher, I've had the opportunity to see the richness of
Tyler's treasures for the past 10 months. In our classroom, Tyler was always thefirst student to volunteer to turn on our classroom projector, or help hand-out
materials. If you needed a sharpened pencil, or an eraser, Tyler would be one ofthe first students to volunteer his own. Whenever a supply teacher, or, guest
speaker visited our classroom, each would comment positively on Tyler'seagerness to help-out. Tyler was kind. Tyler was generous.
To quote many of his classmates, "Tyler was a great draw-er" Yes, Tyler was aterrific artist and could spend hours drawing dirt-bikes, animals, and illustrating his
written work. When making graphs for math, each bar in a bar chart would bemeticulously coloured. He turned plasticine into puppy sculptures, and made
super "Public Service Announcement" Posters about the importance of BrushingYour Teeth, or Washing Your Hands, or dressing properly for winter recess (even
though Tyler would often rush outside with his winter-coat unzipped, or withouthis hat or gloves). Tyler loved the colour orange and peppered every drawing with
a touch of it.Tyler was compassionate. He cared for his sister Alyssa deeply, and showed
patience beyond his years when playing with her or reading with her as hisReading Buddy at school. Tyler often spoke of feeding and caring for his pet
rabbits. During PA days, he'd beg to take my puppy for a walk, or run in thehallway with her, or throw a ball for her for hours. Yes, Tyler was gentle and
loving.Tyler was also fearless, and during many recesses, could be found racing among
our intermediate students as they played "manhunt". He always wanted to runthe fastest, jump the highest, or be the "last-kid-standing" while playing
Mr.Kennedy's famous "Power-steal" game of tag or while in Gym playing DodgeBall. Tyler was all about speed, and fun. He loved dirt-biking, and ATV'ing, and
often wrote and spoke about racing around the trails, and working on his bike-motors in the garage.
Tyler was funny and charming, and would do funny things to make us laugh. Tylerwas always smiling, and as described best by one of our intermediate students,
"Buddy, you knew everyone. You always had a smile on your face and looked likeyou were about to get into trouble." And get into trouble. Yes, sometimes Tyler
did! ;-) Soccer, Basketballs, and Tennis Balls got "roofed" or "bounced in thehallways" when he had been told specifically, on more than one occasion, by more
than one staff member, not to. With his long eyelashes and impish grin, it wasimpossible not to forgive Tyler as quickly as he apologized and would promise to
be a little-more-careful next time. Tyler was easy to forgive, because he was asequally forgiving to others. As so many students in every grade can attest, Tyler
was a great friend.Nathan, a classmate of Tyler said it best when he said that Tyler "always stood out
in our class" and Tyler did. There isn't a student at Goodwood Public School whodidn't know Tyler. To say he was "well liked" would be an understatement.
Sadly, Tyler will be missed. His energy and enthusiasm for life was boundless. Likea magnificent kaleidoscope of colour and sound: bright and sparkling, loud and
joyous: Tyler was the magical fireworks that made each of our lives a littlebrighter, a little louder, and made our hearts beat a little faster. He will remain,
forever, a treasure, in our thoughts, in our memories, and in our hearts.Tyler, unstoppable Tyler,
Energetic, thoughtful, kind, inclusive to the coreThrough acts of kindness - you shared your spirit
And filled our buckets, hearts, and heads and so much more.