February 18, 1990 – November 27, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce Will’s untimely passing on November 27, 2019, from an accident while hiking on Vancouver Island.
Will is survived by his parents, Silvana Pasceri and Leo Vant Erve; his spouse Alyssa Bird; his sisters Catherine (Vineet Kauden) and Emma Vant Erve; his grandmother, Caterina Pasceri; godparents Peter Pasceri and Connie Bettencourt Costa; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
William was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a firefighter both professionally at 19 Wing Comox and as a volunteer with the Courtenay Fire Department. The firefighters of 19 Wing Green Crew remember him as a kind and humble man who would drop whatever he was doing to help another person. Will was always willing to cook for the crew, and never shied away from a harmless practical joke or an impersonation of his peers. In addition to mountaineering, Will was a mountain biker and motor cycle enthusiast, a parachutist, fisherman, and amateur chef.
Clearly a man with a zest for adventure, and remembered by Alyssa as a man who seized every opportunity, Will lived every day to its fullest and for whatever he was doing – more epic was always better. He was a caring man both to those he knew and to others in the community. He possessed the gift of humour and a soft spot for those who were more vulnerable.
His loss leaves a hole in his family, the community of Comox Valley firefighters as well as 19 Wing and the Canadian Armed Forces.
There will be a vigil held on Wednesday 04 Dec 19 between 5pm and 7pm at the Comox Valley Funeral Home (1101 Ryan Road); the funeral for William will be held Thursday, 05 December 19 at 11 am at Christ the King Catholic Church (1599 Tunner Dr) with a reception to follow immediately after.
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