This memorial website was created in the hopes that those who stumble upon it may be inspired and touched by the beautiful life and legacy of Curtis McLaren, our dear friend, and so that those who knew him may have a place online to share memories, thoughts, and messages for and about Curtis.
We, Curtis's friends and family, miss him more than words can express and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to him and share our memories with the world, via the worldwide-web.
*NOTE: Please feel free to add your memories and messages for Curtis in the "Tribute" section at the bottom of this page. It is open for everyone who knew him to share their thoughts and wishes for Curt. We know he's up there on a laptop in Heaven reading this now!!!
Checking In / Christopher Oliver (friend)
Hoping you're watching over your family from wherever you are Curtis - You are always missed. Maybe you bumped into my father last year, if so, could you show him the card trick I loved so much - he would get a kick out of that !
10 Years / Mom
Hey sweetie. 10 years is a long time - a long time of not hearing your laugh, or seeing your smile or feeling your hugs. We do, tho, feel that you're around us, some days more than others. Dad especially feels your presence a lot. I want to feel you...
9 years / Mom
Well, it's now 9 years since you left us so suddenly, but as always, it feels like yesterday. So much has happened here, good and bad, but I'm hoping you''re up to speed on everything 😄. I just wish I knew what YOU'VE been doing for 9 year...
Happy 26th Birthday! / Leanna
Hey Curtis! Happy Birthday! I can't believe we are 26. Wow, it looks so much older in writing than it feels. How does that happen? It feels like just yesterday we turned 16 and danced it up together at my beach party. I know that if you were here rig...
Happy Birthday! / Mom
Happy Birthday Curt! 26 years ago you came into this world and my life, along with so many others, changed forever. So many people still talk about you, remember your smile, your laugh, your kindness, and your card tricks!! I hope you're still doing...
Curt, we haven't forgotten you, WE MISS YOU Curtis Patrick McLaren was born on August 10th, 1988. To us, his friends, Curtis was a survivor. He possessed the true qualities of a fighter and champion. Curt was born with heart complications and overcame numerous medical procedures (including open-heart surgery!!!) as an infant. He was always proud to tell us that he made it through, and show us his scars. On Christmas morning, 1998, Curtis suffered from a devastating stroke which forced him to learn to walk and talk all over again. He came back to school the next year with determination to accomplish goals and recover with strength. Curt became an exceptionally talented magician, and could perform remarkable card tricks. At parties, and even at school, we would all gather around and Curt would show us his latest tricks (once he even convinced us that he could levitate). Whenever there were parties, Curtis was the life of them. He would always have pool parties in his backyard, and we would always go on long walks through our town, talking about random things. One time, after grade eight graduation, a whole group of us walked to TooGood Pond, a park nearby our school, and filmed videos of us rolling down the hills and acting rediculous. Then we jumped in his pool with our clothes on, and then did cartwheels in the fields of our old school. Those were good times.... Throughout high school, Curt was always there for all of his friends when they needed a shoulder to cry on or a really good laugh. He always knew just exactly what to say, and treated every one equally. He could always help you find the good in yourself, and never hesitated to point out your strengths and positive attributes. (For example, he would ask us about our day and actually WANT to hear about it.) Curt and his best bud Matt, would always watch Family Guy together and make rediculous movies (which were actually filmed and edited REALLLY well). They were the dynamic duo. Michael, Hollie and Leanna (me) would always hang out with him on Main Street, which would eventually end up in a long walk to my house for a midnight swim. Michael always had fun parties where we invented "The Jerry Springer Game". We would all take turns being certain characters, and whether Curt was playing Jerry, or Steve, or one of the crazy nutbar guests on the show, he always did it well and had a great sense of comedic timing. On New Years Eve, we rang in the year of 2005 together, Curt, Matt, Michael, Hollie and I. We spent the evening at Curt's house, and he had everything organized: food, drinks, noise makers, and decorations. We watched the New Years thing on television and listened to Matt Dusk sing....but we eventually got bored of that and filmed our own movie that night. NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET THAT MOVIE....HAHAHA One eternal memory we will always cherish is when a small group of us went to see the ET movie when it came out for the 20th anniversary, and Curt sat next to me and whispered :" When Elliot' and the guys fly up into the air on their bikes, we have to applaud REALLY LOUD. ok?" So, finally the scene where Elliot and his crew bike away into the sky with E.T in their basket, Curt and I clapped realllllly loudly and cheered as loud as we could. We were the only ones who ended up doing it, but now every time that movie plays it brings back amazing memories of Curtis.
One of the best things about Curt was his sense of humour, and his sensitive soul. He really truly cared for all of his friends, and we really truly cared for him. I guess it's just really difficult because we never expected him to leave us...we thought there would always be time. If I had known, I would have been hanging out with Curtis every day. I know that he sees us and hears us now, and that he visits all of us from time to time, because I feel it. I just know he's here. It has been almost a year and it feels like yesterday that I just had my last conversation with him. It feels like he's never really left. We love you Curtis, you will remain our friend forver. You will never be forgotten, you can never be replaced, and we will see you again in the future.
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lyrics: "To Where you Are" by Josh Groban Who can say for certain Maybe you’re still here I feel you all around me Your memories so clear
Deep in the stillness I can hear you speak You’re still an inspiration Can it be (? ) That you are mine Forever love And you are watching over me from up above
Fly me up to where you are Beyond the distant star I wish upon tonight To see you smile If only for awhile to know you’re there A breath away’s not far To where you are
Are you gently sleeping Here inside my dream And isn’t faith believing All power can’t be seen
As my heart holds you Just one beat away I cherish all you gave me everyday ’cause you are mine Forever love Watching me from up above
And I believe That angels breathe And that love will live on and never leave
Fly me up To where you are Beyond the distant star I wish upon tonight To see you smile If only for awhile To know you’re there A breath away’s not far To where you are
I know you’re there A breath away’s not far To where you are