“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die” – Thomas Campbell
It is with great sadness that we announce that Christopher William Clayton Vanzant gained his wings on Monday, September 20th, 2021, with Mom and Dad by his side in his 36th year. Christopher handled his battle with the same fierceness that he handled everything else in life, refusing to give up. In Christopher's words, “Like the Captain of the Titanic, I'm going down with the ship.” Christopher's greatest accomplishment in life was being Lucy's Dad: his pride and joy, favourite adventure partner, and light of his life. Everything he did in his life was in hopes of providing the best for her. He was her #1 cheerleader.
Christopher leaves behind his Parents, William and Cheryl Vanzant, who had the greatest honour of calling him Son. Big Brother to Tiffany (Joe), Uncle Shark to Ricki, adored Grandson of Phyllis and William Morley, Norma Vanzant, predeceased by Papa Oza and Grandpa Bill. Treasured Nephew and 'Wing Man” to Uncle Brent Morley, the late Aunty Dawn, Aunt Cathy & Uncle Pete Levesque, and Uncle Roy & Aunt Sherrie Vanzant.
Christopher's cousins will always hold a special place in his heart: Andre (Claudia), Briar, Brad (Ash), Brooke, Breann (Harley), and Ethan “E-man.”
Christopher was surrounded by an army of caring and supportive people throughout his journey: Lacey Wagner (co-parent), Erkki Pulkkinen (partner in crime), John Richichi (hockey line mate and fishing buddy), the DiLabio's, and the Bears Hockey Family.
To the nurses and doctors at the Sault Area Hospital's Cancer Clinic, thank you so much for all your care and compassion. A special thank you to Shauna, his “earth angel.” Also, thank you to Bayshore, Cathy and Shawn and his PSW's. Thank you to the community for your support.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lucy's education fund or the Christopher Vanzant memorial hockey fund to support children’s hockey in Goulais River, Ontario. Contributions to these funds can be made to Brent Morley in trust.
All are welcome to attend his Celebration of Life on Friday, September 24th, 2021, from 3-6 p.m. at The Machine Shop Rink. Please follow covid guidelines.
As the Bears would say, “In this Family, nobody fights alone.”
Visit the O’Sullivan Funeral Home website to leave condolences for the family. Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 215 St. James St, 705-759-8456.