Cole Robert Anderson, 18 years old, of Campbell River died tragically March 21, 2015 as a result of injuries sustained from a skiing accident at Whistler Blackcomb. He had been free skiing with his teammates and coach after a morning of ski race training at the Dave Murray National Training Center on Whistler Mountain.
Cole was born March 13, 1997 in Duncan BC, the son of Terry and Michele (Dickson) Anderson. He attended Timberline Secondary School and was to graduate with his class of 2015. Cole was a member of the Mt Washington Ski Club (MWSC) and an active member of the MWSC Ski Racing Team, BC Alpine, Alpine Canada. He was a registered competitor with the International Ski Federation (FIS) and represented the Mt Washington Ski Club at National and Provincial ski race competitions. Cole was an emerging leader within his ski club and had recently received the club’s most prestigious award, the Ben Bellamy Memorial Most Sportsmanlike Skier Award for his sportsmanship, leadership, and love of skiing. He had obtained his Level I Coach Certification as a member of the Canadian Ski Coach Federation and also held a Level II Baseball Umpires Association Certification. During the ski off-season Cole would play and umpire baseball as a member of the Campbell River Minor Baseball Association; as well as workout, ride bikes, skateboard, and dream of his next days on snow. Cole was a fine kind-hearted young man with a whole world of opportunity yet ahead of him. He was loved and will be greatly missed. Cole is survived by his parents Terry and Michele of Campbell River, and his sister Nicola who is currently studying Health Information Science at the University of Victoria. He also leaves his maternal grandparents Brian and Sheila Dickson, Auntie Tracy and Uncle Rob Lamontagne, and his cousin Hailey Lamontagne all from Campbell River; his paternal grandparents Oke and Alice Anderson of Lake Cowichan as well as aunties and uncles Danny and Jocelyn Anderson of Crofton, Ron and Lora Anderson of Ladysmith, and cousins Marissa, Cody, Meagan, and Lauren.
A celebration of Cole’s life will be held on Saturday April 18, 2015 at 1PM at the Thunderbird Hall, 1420 Wewaikum Road, Campbell River. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the Mt Washington Ski Club re Cole Anderson Bursary Account Mbr #44972 Acct #100020178149 at any Coastal Community Credit Union or send a donation cheque directly to the Mt Washington Ski Club PO Box 3335 Courtenay BC V9N 5N5. Cheques should be made payable to the Mt Washington Ski Club and note Cole Anderson Bursary Fund.