Tributes pour in for 17-year-old Quinn Stevenson

Quinn Stevenson's parents are overwhelmed by an outpouring of support for their son after died in a car crash over the weekend in Saskatoon.

Craig and Bonny Stevenson said Quinn was driving to meet a friend for coffee before his 5:30 a.m. shift at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club when he was involved in a two-vehicle collision near the University of Saskatchewan.

"Quinn has always, always been the kid that wants to do everything he can. He was never happy taking on one sport or one thing. He always had to have multiple things on his plate," Bonny said in an interview, sharing the phone line with her husband.

"He was always the kid that came in the room with the big smile. If you were sitting in our house and they were in our basement, you could always hear his voice and his laughter above everybody else."

Quinn graduated from Centennial Collegiate in June and enrolled in the Western Academy Broadcasting College to pursue his dream of being a sports broadcaster with TSN.

As a sports fanatic, he spent most the winter months on the rink as a referee.

Bonny and Craig said they could never have anticipated the support they've gotten over the past couple of days. Nearly 35 bouquets of flowers fill their house and their kitchen is overflowing with donated meals.

"We have always been really proud of Quinn. We knew he was a good kid and I knew he was going to go after his dream of - whether it was going to continue to sports casting or he was actually going to make it as a ref and maybe have to compromise both of those goals," Bonny said, adding she's been getting messages from people she's never met.

The Twitter hashtag #prayforquinn has been trending in Saskatoon since his death, an indication of Quinn's widespread network of friends.

Centennial Collegiate is offering counseling Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Principal Tom Sargeant.

"There's just a person that took advantage of each minute of every day and he gave it his best. I've got tremendous respect for Quinn," Sargeant said.

A friend of Quinn's ran into Shad, the opening act for Tuesday's Macklemore concert, before the show and told him Quinn's story. In turn, Shad mentioned Quinn on stage while Quinn's brother Shea stood in the audience.

In his senior year, Quinn was elected the Senior Watch with the SRC at his high school.

"Pep rallies in particular were his baby. That's kind of how we've looked at planning his celebration on Friday and the kids are kind of running with it. We're going to do it a bit more as a pep rally than a service," Bonny said.

The funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Centennial Collegiate gym. Everyone is invited to wear their favourite team jersey. People who have shared a team with Quinn are encouraged to wear that jersey.

"It's going to be what Quinn would want and the girls have come up with some things that apparently the school would never let him do, so we are going to try and do some of those things," Bonny said laughing, adding that includes a laser show.

Quinn was heavily involved in sports and his dad was alongside him the whole way as a coach. He pitched for the Saskatoon Blue Jays where the team won the Midget AA City Championships with him at the mound. He played hockey with the Saskatoon Redwings and the ASHL Bruins.

Two local baseball teams won provincials over the weekend, playing with Quinn's initials and number on the back of their helmets. Craig and Bonny will attend his adult safe hockey team's game Wednesday where his younger brother Shea will wear Quinn's jersey and play in his place.

The Quinn Stevenson Memorial Athletic and Spirit Scholarship has been set up by his parents and will be awarded to a Centennial Collegiate student next year. Donations can be made at TD Canada Trust.

The Stevensons said they don't know much about Saturday's crash. Saskatoon Police are investigating and said two men in the other car were taken to hospital.

"He was a good driver. He had a lot of experience," Craig said of his son, adding Quinn drove a lot because of his job as a ref.

"He was confident and I think relatively speaking among other kids, he was as safe as you could ask for."

The couple is looking for a thorough investigation into the cause of the collision.

"It doesn't change anything but it can give us a little bit of answers and a little bit of closure knowing there will be answers," Bonny said, adding there are no words to thank everyone who has been helping the family.

Source: News Talk 650 CKOM


Last updated on: 2015-06-13 | Link to this post