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Kyle Adams remembered for patience, humour, musical and poetic gifts
Kyle Jonathan Adams had finally found the right direction in life.
The well-liked Duncanite was tuning an engineering career while writing poetry and playing guitar in his spare time.
But Adams’ plans were tragically cut short during Thursday’s single-vehicle accident on Osborne Bay Road, where police say southbound Adams failed to negotiate a curve.
He was 25.
His mother, Lorraine, described her son — a Cowichan high grad, who had attended Queen of Angels School — as having wisdom at a young age.
“Kyle was very insightful and caring,” she said, noting one of Adams’ philosophies.
“He said ‘It’s important to laugh at the things that won’t matter in a year.’
“He had his ducks in a row, and his priorities straight.”
Those priorities included time with family and friends.
“Kyle often played guitar for his 1 1/2-year-old niece, Layla,” Lorraine said.
Adams, who had carpentry skills, had worked on a big hydro project in the Yukon.
He settled in Whitehorse before returning to Cowichan and beginning upgrades in math, sciences, and his beloved English, at VIU’s campus.
Despite plans for engineering, Lorraine and Adams’ dad, Alfred, signaled their son may have eventually picked a career in English or music.
“He loved music” said his uncle Errol, noting his nephew and friends wrote songs for kicks.
“He was a nice kid.”
Alfred called Adams “an easy-going guy” who also played banjo.
“He treated everybody equal. He was just really fair, and loved his family. We had lots of fun times.”
Lorraine said patience and humour anchored her musically gifted son’s life.
“Kyle was very kind and gentle, never a loud person,” she said, proud VIU Cowichan will lower its flag to half staff Saturday in her son’s honour.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a call just before midnight Thursday from a resident who heard a crash.
A passenger on the roadway led police to a ravine where a vehicle was found with its driver, Adams, trapped inside, the Mounties said.
Paramedics and Crofton firefighters attended. Adams was pronounced dead at the scene.
A traffic reconstructionist and the coroner attended the location. Adams’ passenger was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.
Services for Adams are set for Saturday at 1 p.m. in St. Edward’s Catholic Parish, Duncan.