Goodridge, Walker Lee, passed away suddenly on December 7th, 2018 at the age of 2 ½.
He is survived by his Mommy and Daddy (Courteney and Michael Goodridge), his Papa & Gramma (Darren & Manon Rushworth), his Granny (Rena Goodridge), his Uncle B and Auntie May May (Brennan and Mayara Rushworth) and numerous cousins, great aunties and uncles.
We invite you to join us for a celebration of his life on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at the Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel, 11969 – 216 Street, Maple Ridge, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Walker Lee Goodridge to BC Children’s Hospital or Abbotsford Regional Hospital would be appreciated.
A special thank you to the Mission paramedics and the staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
My name is Rena Goodridge.
To Walker I am “Granny”.
“There is no foot so small that is cannot leave an imprint on this world”.
I don’t know where this quote came from but in Walker’s case it is so very true.
Let me tell you a little bit about our angel.
Walker Lee Goodridge was born June 3, 2016.
He was Michael &Courteney’s first child.
He was the first grandchild for both sets of grandparents.
And he was the first nephew.
From the moment Walker was born, he was the centre of our universe. This child could not have been born into a family that loved him more.
Our love for him was all encompassing and unconditional. My first memories of Walker are of him “bonding skin on skin” with his father, while his mother was being medically attended to. I watched silently, in awe…. this son of my son, the two of them developing a very special relationship with each other.
Throughout his infancy and during that 1st special year of his life, we marveled at his development, accomplishments and achievements. As far as we were concerned, he was the most advanced, talented and smartest baby ever. Each day our love for him grew to the point we thought our hearts would burst. We were his “people” and he loved us.
Into his second year, he started to walk, then run, and learn and grow. He always had a smile on his face and was open, friendly and engaging with everyone he met. He made people feel good just to be around him. As his personality developed, it was evident he was a very special little person. He was open, generous and giving. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. He loved to go on adventures with his parents and grandparents even if it was only a trip to the grocery store. And speaking for myself, I experienced great joy taking him to venues like the Pitt Meadows Airport, Water Parks, Maplewood Farms, the Pumpkin Patch and the Aquarium. Another adventure we enjoyed was a trip to his cousin Bethan’s house to play. Bethan and Walker were effectively the same age.
The first 6 months into his third year saw amazing developments in his verbal communications. He was always observing things and talking about them. He had a wonderful imagination and could tell you some great stories about diggers, garbage trucks and dump trunks. Sometimes he would interrupt when you were explaining something to him and ask: “What are you talking about, Granny?“ It always made me laugh.
The suddenly, without warning and for no reason we know of yet, he was taken from us on December 7, 2018. All our hearts shattered into a million pieces.
Walker loved Ladybugs. At this time of year most Ladybugs are dormant, but in the last couple of weeks a number of people have told us a Ladybug has turned up in unusual and unexpected circumstances. Could this be our angel Walker letting us know he is still with us? I don’t know. You decide.
Today we are all gathered here because Walker has touched our lives in some way and aren’t we all better because of it? His passing has left us all with a broken heart and a huge void in our lives. We are so lucky to have an amazing collection of photos and videos of Walker. At this point there have been more than 1200 photos and videos uploaded to a photo-sharing site. The joy of these photos and the memories they evoke will one day outweigh the sadness and sorrow we all feel today.
In closing the one big message I want to convey is: AREN’T WE LUCKY, AREN’T WE BLESSED TO HAVE HAD WALKER IN OUR LIVES FOR 2 ½ YEARS. That is really and truly something to celebrate.