It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the sudden and tragic death of our beloved son, Shawn Whyte. Shawn passed away peacefully due to an undetected pulmonary embolism at the young age of 31.
Shawn is lovingly remembered by his mother, Michelle Johannsson; father
Kelvin Whyte; infant son Lukus (six months); sister Stephanie; brothers George (Priscilla; nieces Ava and Athea) and Preston (Alicia); and grandmother Phyllis Vennard. Also left to mourn are Auntie Brenda; cousins Brandon, Jordan, and Chrissie; Uncle Kerry; Uncle Oscar; Uncle J.J. (Alexzine); cousins John, Gabrielle, and Brandon; Auntie Leota; cousins Barbara and Glen;
Auntie Christine (Jerry); cousins Gerald and Vincent.
Shawn had many longtime friends: special best friend Kortni Dufresne, also Gordan McKay and family of
Cache Creek, Luke Ghostkeeper and his parents of
Cache Creek, Richard Ysereef of Spences Bridge, and many more of Kamloops.
Shawn was born in Ashcroft, B.C. and moved to Kamloops with his family after graduation in 2003. He then moved to Vancouver for several years, working in the landscaping business. He moved back to Kamloops and continued working in the landscaping business. He travelled to Africa in 2012 and spent three months touring and backpacking.
After returning to Kamloops, he worked part-time as a security guard (bouncer) in the Duchess Hotel, saying it was the most “fun” job he had ever had. Shawn had a zest for life, and always a positive attitude in everything he did. He loved many sports, and played golf, rugby, baseball, and soccer.
A memorial service to honour Shawn was held in Kamloops on August 7, where friends and family gathered to share fond stories and celebrate Shawn’s life.