October 7, 1976 ~ October 11, 2015
Shayne was many things to many people; a son, a brother, an uncle, a nephew, a cousin, a lover and a friend. He was also a fierce competitor, a performer, an adventurer and a thrill seeker. Shayne grew up in Abbotsford, BC and fell passionately in love with gymnastics at the age of 10. Over the next nine years, he trained and competed in Japan, Germany, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand and many states in the U.S. and all over Canada. He met with great success and represented Team BC at both the Western and Canadian Gymnastics Championships. He stayed on the National Team for five years, training under the Olympic Coach, Mitsugu Ikeda while maintaining an Honours standing in high school at Yale Secondary. As an Olympic hopeful, he received the Petro-Canada Olympic Scholarship. He broke his hand just before World’s which was the qualifying event and was unable to go to the Olympics, which broke his heart as he had worked so hard. Shayne remembered this time at Twisters as one of the happiest times of his life. In 1998, Shayne began a remarkable journey with the Cirque du Soleil, in a touring production called “Quidam”, where he spent eight amazing years. He started by playing a principal character and performing in two house-troupe acts. Uncomfortable with the disparity in pay and workload amongst the performers, Shayne set out to find a niche. He found the German Wheel. He trained after shows and on dark days for two years without a coach and eventually landed the opening act of the show. With an uncompromising smile and mischievous twinkle in his eye, Shayne could light up a room. His quiet sense of humour and his timely delivery were a source of entertainment for many over the years. A big, grand and amazing life is what Shayne wanted and that is exactly what he lived – a larger than life adventure of epic proportions. He hit the ground running from a young age and made sure that he filled his life full of love, family, friendship and experiences of which many only dream. Shayne lived his life to the fullest at every opportunity and although he met with challenges along the way, he soaked up everything his life had to offer him. He was ready, eager and willing to begin a new journey, a fresh start. Recently he became very interested in Sacred Geometry and Integral Life. He quoted: “God has created the universe after geometric and harmonic principles; to seek these principles was therefore to seek and worship God.” Shayne will be sadly missed by his parents, Polly (Luigi) Di Clemente, and Barry (Carolyn) Courtright; his sister, Tanya (Chris) Reitz; his nieces and nephews, Phoebe, Leah, Jared, Magdalene, Claire, Markus, Joel, Stephen, Ethan; his cousins, Holly and David Courtright; his cousins, Nadya & Jim Sofonoff; his aunt, Lorna; and his entire extended family and friends. Viewing will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Henderson’s Fraser Valley Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Henderson’s Fraser Valley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Salvation Army in Abbotsford, BC, the Sacred Geometry or Integral Life.
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