We write this story in tribute to our beloved son Adam Stephen Albright who we lost tragically on March 5th, 2005 in a skiing accident.
Adam was many things to many different people. He was an accomplished lawyer, respected colleague, popular professor, talented and competitive athlete, great friend to many, a loving uncle, brother and to us — a cherished son.
He was affectionately known by many as a “Mountain of a Man” because of how passionately and generously he lived his life. Whether it was at work or play – Adam’s motto was to go for the gusto and he always did just that. His life was short but it was full and it was happy.
Although he lived in Vancouver for 18 years, Adam cared much about his family and was as involved as any son could be. He could always be counted on at a moment’s notice to hop on a plane to rejoice in the birth of a nephew, or niece or to be with us in times of illness. He had special relationships with each and every one of our family members.
Adam excelled at absolutely everything in his life — and yet he maintained his humility and always had compassion for others. His generosity extended to many. Upon his death, countless people wrote, called and attended his memorial to pay tribute. We heard stories that echoed all that we know and love about our son. Anecdotes of pro-bono work to help a learning challenged child maintain their right for a Jewish education when it was threatened; stories from others whom Adam reached out to when they were in need; Even Adam’s toughest competitors in law had only kind words to say about Adam. There wasn’t a soul that knew Adam that wasn’t touched by his life and by his tragic death.
We miss him dearly but we take comfort in knowing Adam left a powerful and loving legacy. His passion, goodness, zest for life, love and generosity have left an indelible mark on anyone who knew him.
It is in that spirit that we leave an endowment in Adam’s name that will give those less fortunate children a chance to go to summer camp each year. Adam would want them to experience the joys and lessons that come with play, athletics, teamwork, Jewish life, friendships – and more.
We are all forever changed, not because Adam is gone, but because he was here.