Aug 28, 2005, 7:21 PM
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Vicki (1naFLYhi) BSBD
Well.......what to say....we have lost another one of the good ones
Today we lost Vicki...she went in doing what she had come to love......I 1st meet Vicki when I was catching students...she stood out because she only half flared and landed fairly hard on her butt a foot off the target....when I asked her why she didnt complete the flare she responded with "I was trying to hit the pretty blue target"...that was her 1st jump.....of course I later reported this to her instructor and of course she was within earshot and came over to defend herself...she really wanted to hit the target.
Well over a year later we had become quite good friends...talking quite often on IM and at the DZ......
Its really hard to know what to say...she was a really cool person....to see her bouncing around out on the landing field after standing it up just made ya smile.....fists clenched....grinning from ear to ear...bouncing around in circles over and over...her love of the sport was contagious......just yeasterday i was on her about getting signed off on packing(she's been a machine lately)...packing student rigs faster and better then most.....but refusing to fill out her sign off sheet..............she just loved being part of the group...and wanting to help out.
I gota stop now...
Edited to add her fav pic...taken 3 weeks ago
(This post was edited by DeNReN on Aug 28, 2005, 7:31 PM)
I wish patience, understanding and strength to all that knew her and were close to her. You have my deepest sympathies.
Thanks man....Vicki was a avid reader of DZ.com but was too shy to post most of the time...this forum is how we really met...she was always reading and checking profiles looking for someone local to chat with..a PM later....much to her suprise I was able to describe her 1st jump landing experiance ....and hence our online and r/l friendship started.....
She was quiet yet persistent in her desire to become a skydiver....she never gave up...always working to become better at whatever task she was intrested in...enjoying every second of learning...she was a joy to talk to....and shared her enthusiam with anyone that that came close.
p.s. If you have knowledge of the accident, please add it to the incident forum so we can all learn from it.
The incident is under investigation.....the RCMP have control.
dunno what to say man. as you know, i'm from a small east coast dz as well. anyone else anywhere from a small dz knows how tight a family the dz can become. there are owners, but it's usually a very club-like atmosphere, everyone helps out when they can, and you spend a lot of time on weather days just hanging out. everyone knows everyone, and to lose one is like losing a family member.
i'm very sorry to hear about this, it's far too close to home.
i feel really upset. I use to talk to viki all the time on the computer about skydiving and going up to jump and probably only met her once or twice. but when i did she was always so happy to jump and such a friendly and positive person to be around.
this is some really bad news.
Blue skies...and my sympathy and condolence's to all her friends and family and everyone who this has effected
(This post was edited by adamjenner on Aug 29, 2005, 12:05 PM)
Vicky will be more than missed by us all. Never a bad word...never a negative comment. We all have been very lucky to have been blessed by having her be a part of our "skydiving family". She brought smiles to all that she touched. She worked hard and always took great joy in packing chutes, jumping and just being around the DZ. For her I am sure it was an escape from everyday life, a place to just hang out with friends and share the same love of the sport, to talk, to laugh and enjoy life for the moment, to live life to the fullest, as it is for many of us. I will personally miss her smiling face and sense of humor. You could not speak to her for more than a few moments without her some how making a smile appear on your own face before you knew it! I think I speak for us all when I say " she will not be forgotten" by anyone here and she will be deepy deeply missed . How sad a day it is....life is such a fragile thing..... and yet how very lucky we have all been to have spent the time, although far to short, with such a wonderful lady! Fly Free Vicky.......
Never got the chance to meet you Vicki but a piece of my heart is broken to hear this. Fly free in peaceful bliss from now on. May your friends and family take solace in knowing that you truly are free.
I've been in a daze since I heard this terrible news. I spent most of Saturday helping her pack. I think I speak for everyone at the Waterville DZ when I say she was well liked by everyone there. She's the only person I know who would rather pack than jump! It wont be the same without her. Blue skys forever, Vicki....
Fly free now, Vickie. Fly high, fast and free, through endless summer perfect blues, and rest on white puffies. Sing in the sunshine, then, and sail on the winds...
To her family and friends, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Know that she loved the sky, and that she loved you...and she's never gone. You need only look as far as your heart to see her smile and feel her hugs again. She is not out there anymore, but she is within you, and there shall she live forever.
Hello everyone. I don't know what to write on this forum but I feel I need to say something. I met Vicki at the dropzone a couple of months ago and since then I always smiled whenever she pulled in. She was always so generous and thoughtful. Myself and a couple of others went to dinner with her the night before the accident and spent the rest of the night laughing by the fire and playing her guitar. We were chatting about skydiving stuff right before she got on the plane. The first time I saw her that morning she was walking around passing out coffies to whoever wanted one. We had conversations when she told me how in love with skydiving she was and that her only regret was that she didn't find this place "the dropzone" earlier in life. She found what she truly loved in life and did it. Even if she only had a short time to do what her true passion was, well... she still lived it. That's still better than lots of people who live to be 100. I truly believe that life is infinitely precious and only lasts a moment. Blink and you'll miss it. Do whatever it is in this incredibly short time you have on this earth that makes you truly happy. There is way more to life than just being alive. I will always miss Vicki and think about her whenever I'm hopping out of the plane. She was always happy to be doing anything that had to do with skydiving. There was a great deal of saddness at the dropzone on Sunday and I learned that there are lots of very caring, loving, emotional, and truly good people there. Vicky was part of a great family and so am I. In my heart always Vicki.
I hope the Canadian media isn't painting us (crazy skydivers with our zest for life and all) in a negative light again after this incident. I remember hearing about the inquest in Calgary earlier in the year and I wasn't impressed with what went on there. It was a witch hunt and the media was looking for blood and someone to blame.
I keep meaning to post something here, but I haven't been able to find the words. I still can't; this will have to do instead.
I don't know how anybody can be cheerful all of the time, but somehow Vicki was. She always had a smile and a kind word. I sat next to her at supper on Saturday night and she made me tell her all about my vacation that I had just returned from. She wasn't just being polite; she really wanted to hear every detail. Vicki was like that. Later, sitting around the fire, she brought out her guitar and made me play it. I'm out of practice, it was late, I'd had a few beers, and it definitely showed in my playing, but Vicki loved it anyway, and said so. Vicki was like that. Sunday morning she showed up with as much coffee as she could carry and handed it out to whoever wanted it. Even first jump students who'd never been there before got handed a free coffee. Vicki was like that.
I last saw her just before her jump on Sunday. She was dirt diving, and I went over to give her a couple pointers. I got a dose of her ever-present smile and cheerful personality, and that is how I will remember her - because that is the only way I ever saw her.
I have a verbal confirmation that the funeral will be held on Thursday at 2:00pm at Lyndseys funeral home in the valley. I'm not sure of the address but the obitiuary should be out tomorrow, if not call me or Dave for the address.
I first meet Vicky online, we chatted on an off about family, friends and of course SKYDIVING . I finally got to meet her this summer. Although I have only known her a short time she will never be forgotten.She came bounceing over to me to show me her new boots(which were wrestling boots) I said OMG you silly women what are they? She responded by saying they are comfy on my feet and in the plane and "I plan to spend lots of time in the air" (I giggled) and she skipped off to gear up for her next jump with her new boots.
Although I didn't know her long she will be sadly missed and never be forgotten.
Blue Sky's Vicky
(This post was edited by honeykiss on Aug 30, 2005, 7:13 PM)
Words are hard to find when posting in threads like this...and its almost as hard to read the posts
The last few days have been very hard on the Waterville crew and of course the skydiving community in general...any loss is always hard to deal with....but when we loose one of our own...it hits much closer to home......home...well....her family has to be feeling this even more than we do...its hard to imagine that someone can feel more sorrow than the people that knew her of late...but of course her family misses her the most and have a harder time understanding what happened then we do...
The local skydiving community is starting to pull together as people hear about the loss of Vicki and are looking for means of contact with others who they normally only talk to on weekends at the DZ... we are all part of the community....some more regular then others...but we all feel the same sorrow and heartfelt loss of our fellow skydiver....and the support of other skydivers worldwide is noted and much appreciated..
As most can tell...I am not a writer...but I will continue reguardless...as I hope most will understand what I am trying to say.
I spoke with Vicki's sister tonight after work...her and her other sisters have of course come from away to say good-bye and try and make sence of her sudden death...it was not a easy call to make...but one that had to be made ....they visited the DZ today and layed flowers at the Canadian flag next to our target(peas)...hoping to meet with the people that had become her "weekend family"....of course no one was there.... ..the DZ is naturally closed till the investigation is complete...she expressed to me the desire for them to meet the people who Vicki had come to call close friends in this last short year....
I told her that quite a few local skydivers would be attending the funeral and would be avaible to speak with her and the rest of the family at that time...I also told her of this thread and the support from not only the local community but the world skydiving community in general...at that point I read her guana's post(she was not near a comp)...as a example of what was being said......emotion is not a word enough to describe what was felt by both ...after reading.....she has asked me to print the thread for her and family as they are trying to understand what kind of people she(Vicki) had chosen to become one of....
Her sister(I really want to say her name..but never asked for permission) also asked if we would be skydiving again soon so she and her other sisters/family could come watch what Vicki had come to love soo much....I explained to her that of course the DZ was shut down untill the investigation was complete and that we all were hoping to be able to jump again very soon as to honor Vicki with a memorial jump....she was very insistant at this point that we include them(non jumping) in the memorial....
As sad and tragic this weekend has been...it is absoultly fan freaking tastic that some of her family(non skydivers)are looking to understand what skydiving meant to Vicki .
Well...I'm really starting to ramble...time to go and print pic's for family and friends....
Night Vicki...I'll always remember you sillouted against those reddish clouds before you stood up another landing and screamed in delight
I met Vicki only once. She was a very happy go lucky person. Her and Ashley (her boyfriend, my fiancee's uncle) came to visit me back in May. Her personality was contagious. No matter how down and out you felt, she made you smile. Even though we only got to talk that weekend, she told me so much about herself, especially how much she loved skydiving. She told me about the first time she had done it, and her reasons for starting. I told her she was crazy for wanting to do it. Skydiving made her so happy. She loved the rush she got from it and how free it made her feel. She also talked about her kids. She loved them so much, words could not describe how much she loved them and how proud she was of them. I may not have known her long, but I am glad I got to know her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Phillip & Cara in PEI
I have attached a picture of her when she was over to visit.
Yo Ralph! Sorry to hear about your loss, but it still hurts, even out on the Wet Coast. Has it really been twenty years since my last jump in Waterville? ... and you still send reminders about your wild and crazy Waterville bunch. Why just a couple of weeks ago, that crazy Acadian (are all Acadians crazy?) Dominic showed up at Beiseker, Alberta. On a more serious note, do you need an ash bag?
Blue Skies, Vicki. Words can not express how much we are going to miss you. You are truly one of the most good natured, happy people I have ever met, and I thank you for blessing my life with your presence, even though it was for such a short time. Until we meet again.
There's nothing more we can say, we lost a wonderful member of the family....
Vicki was an amazing person who will be missed so dearly my own words cannot express. I'm a tremendous music fan and I searched for the perfect musical quote for her and I think I finally found it (ad lib)........
...She still gave her love, she just gave it away The love she received is the love that was saved;
And sometimes will be seen a strange spot in the sky A human being that was given to fly........ Pearl Jam
You will be missed by all of us
(This post was edited by Coltrane on Sep 2, 2005, 9:50 PM)
Hello everyone from Waterville. This is new to me - but I would like to start by saying - THANKYOU! Thank you for letting us meet all of you and showing us what Vicki loved and what skydiving meant to her. We have just arrived back to BC last night - and I know that personally I felt we were leaving her there with all of you at the DZ. I know that - although I/we are not spirtual or hold much faith - I do believe that she is there with you all at the DZ in Waterville. Although we laid her to rest in Lockartville, myself and my sisters know she is there watching over all of you with a smile on her face - flying as free she can be.
Thank you for the plane ride - I was quite "freaked out" watching Jay jump out - but I know now what the thrill was all about. Continue doing what you love to do - BE SAFE and hold her in your thoughts and hearts whenever your just hanging around the drop zone. If any of you would like to stay in touch - I believe Dennis has our contact information. We would love any pictures/video you may have of her. We'd also love the video Jay took the day we were there on the plane with him. You are a wonderful group of people. Thank you for bringing her so much happiness. She is deeply missed by us all. Keep a look out for her kids/family - they may surprise you one day with a visit - looking for what we have found. They may not understand and may never accept what we have come to understand - but they are trying. If there are any answers that come out of this tragedy - it would be helpful. We know nothing will bring her back - but if something found can help save someone else - it is worth knowing. Not knowing why/how is hard to accept for some people. We look forward to staying in touch with you.
I wish I had known this thread existed earlier, I feel kind of late putting down my thoughts now. I've only had a chance to speak to my brother since the accident, and haven't had the opportunity to really say anything to the rest of the folks in Waterville and pass along my condolences.
This August was the first time I met Vicki. I only get to jump when I'm home in the summers on leave. Right away I could tell she was a great member of the Waterville family, and it was like she should've been there for years.
The last time I got to see her was the last night I was home before coming back to Ontario for university. It was the Friday night before the accident. I had done a fun 10 second delay, and as anyone who was there that evening can attest, I put myself in a pretty ridiculous flat spin. As soon as I was on the ground and on the gear mat, she was eager to hear all about my jump, and share in the excitement of the craziness I had just got myself into. She shared her story about the time she did the exact same thing on her 10 second delay, and we had a good laugh. I only knew Vicki a short time, but it wasn't hard to tell that her enthusiasm never went away, and she was always smiling and glad to be at the DZ.
My sincerest condolences to Vicki's family, and to all my friends and family at the DZ. I wish I had been able to be there to share some of the grief and maybe make it a little lighter.
From now on, when my birthday rolls around on August 28th, I'll also remember that it's the day we lost a great friend and jumper.
Blue Skies Vicki
(This post was edited by Braden828 on Sep 6, 2005, 7:42 PM)
I recieved a email tonight from Vicki's sister ....Her mom had visited her in BC over the holidays and had her scan a pic of Vicki's headstone requesting that it be posted here for all to see.....a beautiful monument to a beautiful person who is greatly missed
As we all go on with our everyday lives through the holiday season we can tend to somewhat forget the ones we have lost for a short while...only to be reminded of them and hopefully remember the good times...the positive influence they have had on us...and the joy they experianced in our presence.
I think of Vicki almost every day as I still see her name on my messenger....Vicki(with a rose) (offline)....I will never delete it.
Vicki's family were a great help to us(the local skydiving community..and extended community) in finding closure in dealing with the loss of a dear friend....as we tried to be so for them....however we are still waiting for the investigation to be completed so we can help them(and us) find complete closure....
Once the holiday season is over I will get off my ass and have the thread in the incidents forum addressed by me or someone else......keep in mind there will be no speculation...but a update as to the investigation results or lack of will be posted.
Blue Skies Forever Vicki......fly free my friend...you are missed and always will be...
hello jay Rhonda here just wanted to say thank you for calling my mom. I talked to her this morning and she realizes it is time to let go. There is no one to blame and we all except that. She will have good days and bad but that is to be expected in the loss of a loved one.I hope you have the help and support of others to get you through this also.I just can't imagine . If you do get the Video back we would love to see the start of Vicki's jump that day. The smile and thumbs up are how she is to be remembered.Also if you have the plane ride my dad and sisters went on that would be great to see as well. I'm hoping mom will go to the Dz at Easter as I will be sending flowers for them to put on the Marker. (Canada Flag) . Mom had mentiond that some of the jumpers were leaving to jump at differant drop zones.I hope this isn't a result in Vicki's death as she would not have wanted that. Vicki found a group of Crazy nuts that were as crazy as her. WE found a bunch of big hearts that cared for our sister and let her be who she needed to be at that point in her life.I will be putting up a post in Vicki's forum letting every one know that the chute was fine and it was an accident. I hope all the people we met in waterville continue to jump there . It is a place I will never forget ,not only because that is were my sister lost her life but also because that is were Vicki started a new life . She found a passion that put her on a high and she found all of you .You may post this on the forum if you like but I don't know how . Thank Dave and all the others fly free Vickis sister Rhonda
(This post was edited by sisters on Feb 26, 2006, 4:04 PM)
A year has passed, But we will always miss you as if it were the day you left us. Forever loved, mom and dad, your sisters and family.
Where I have gone, I am not so small My soul is as wide, As the world is tall. I have gone to answer The call, the call Of the one who takes Care of us all. Wherever you look, You will find me there- On the heart of a rose, In the heart of a prayer. On butterflies wings, On wings of my own, To you I’m gone, But I’m never alone- I’m over the moon. I am home.
Really nice to hear . hope it was a nice day for you all. we have mom visiting so it was just a little easier for all of us . Thanks for letting us know Vicki is still thought of . she will always be missed but never forgotten . the same is said for all of you . Blue skies vicki's sister
It's hard to believe it's been ten years. I still think of you often. When I'm sitting around a campfire and someone brings out a guitar, or when I'm somewhere with really dark skies and I look up and watch the stars, I'm reminded of you.