October 12, 1983 – October 8, 2008
It is with heavy hearts that we have to inform you of the passing of Cory James Hall. He died peacefully in his sleep, with his Grandmother at his bedside, just four days short of his 25th birthday.
The community has lost a wonderfully courageous young man who was truly an inspiration to us all. His zest for life, logical mind, quirky sense of humour and compassion for others helped him overcome many of life’s obstacles. Since infancy Cory has struggled with many medical conditions which left him quadriplegic. His sense of fun helped him cope with this disability.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta Cory spent his youth horse back riding with the “Little Bits” riding club. He went downhill skiing at Devon, Alberta. This he loved. Cheered for the Eskimo’s and the Oilers. Met all the players and coaches and has held the Stanley Cup five times and the Grey Cup four times. His favourite NFL team was the New England Patriots, NHL team was Detroit and Stevie Y was his hero.
Cory could remember all the stats, who won cups and what year and who played on each team. Watching soccer with his Grandpa was a treat and of course Manchester United was Number One. Over the years Cory met Rick Hansen on his “Wheels In Motion” tour, Mark Messier, Lou Pasaglia and Howie Meeker.
Cory moved to Parksville in 1992 and attended Winchelsea Elementary School, Oceanside Middle School and Ballenas High School. He graduated in 2002. Cory developed strong ties with his teachers and aides that still exists today. He became computer smart and a whiz at electronics during this period.
Cory enjoyed travelling and went to Florida to Disney World, Toronto to see the Hockey Hall of Fame, plus the CN Tower and Niagara Falls. He also had a wonderful trip to Dallas where he met “The Rock” and Mick Foley. Wrestling was one of Cory’s favourite sports. His idol was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. John Cena was also a person he admired. It was from sports personnel he learned about courage, morals and values.
Cory learned never to give up or to back down, his favourite saying was, “I’m the best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be.” Cory enjoyed helping in the community. The Terry Fox Run and the SPCA walkathon, plus the Parksville Kidfest were some of the events he volunteered for.
Being physically disabled Cory turned to TV for fun and entertainment, and he became a movie buff. He loved Superman, Spiderman, Fast and the Furious, the Covenant, to name a few. His favourite TV shows were House, Charmed and Supernatural, plus all sports.
Cory was a kind and considerate human being, despite his situation he was always happy and his witty remarks and devilish smile captured our hearts. We feel truly blessed to have known you Cory Hall, you touched our lives, and for this we are grateful.
You are in a better place now and pain free. Maybe you are enjoying your favourite burger while sipping on a Budweiser or Pepsi while listening to “Black Crows”. With your beloved dog Raffi at your side.
Dearly missed and always remembered by your care aides Paul Boyle, Darlene Potts (DJ), Melissa Doll and Michele Burnett. A special thanks to “Face Book” friends who brought life and laughter into his heart. Thanks to Gloria at Market Video who gave him confidence and courage by allowing him to help at the store. Also thanks to Brian, his accountant.
Survived by his Grandparents, Pat and Stan Hall, Mother Sharon, Brother Taylor, Sister Katherine, God Mother Crystal Lee, God Father Leo Sych, Uncles Jason and Carlos, Great Aunts and Uncles Ann Brackley, Audrey and Ken Lakey, Cynthia and Len Knopp. As well as all the cousins who shared his life.
Special thanks to Dr. J. Atherstone, Dr. K Aronyk and Dr. S. Cameron. Also to all the Paramedics who showed such compassion with Cory on many occasions, and Gary from “Care One” for all his kindness.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday,
November 15 at St. Edmunds-St Annes Church Hall,
Church Road, Parksville, from 2-5pm.
In lieu of flowers we would like to place a bench in our local park in Memory of Cory. If you so wish a donation could be made to this or your own special charity in his name.