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missing you a lot tonight.  / Just Your Mom (mom)  Read >>
missing you a lot tonight.  / Just Your Mom (mom)

Hey Cutie!!

   Have you gotten your wings dirty yet?  I found that penny....penny from heaven...its still where you put it.

    First day with grieve support worker, It went very well. I cried a lot of tears today.  I cry a lot of tears everyday Ty...for you and for the rest of our family that is missing you.  I miss my 2 boys that grew up together, now its just Darrin and he misses you so much.  Kaitlyn sleeps in your hoodies. Scott has your bedroom, he misses you too.

   I don't know if I am strong enough to do this Ty... You knew me more then anyone else does.  I am very fragile right now.  They say everything I am going through is normal.  It doesn't feel that way.

  I wanted a big family, and I had it, and I was looking so forward to you  getting married and working and flying with you in a plane one day, and holding my grandbaby and watching you become a dad.  You would of been great. I know that Darrin and Kaitlyn and Scott will be awesome too, they had a great role model.. on most things...you did always get into trouble a lot...but I never stopped loving you or believeing in you... I cared Ty... I did!!! I loved you!! and still do.  I know your doing everyting you love with God by your side....you are always in our hearts and our memories... wrap your arms around us and hold us and help us to greive.

I love you Ty....as much as everyone else in this family. I am proud to call you my son and proud of all you did in your short life!!!  You left a imprint in a lot of lives...and you will continue too!!  Love you so much...MOM

Scotty turns 10 tomorrow...we are baking your cake... I know you will be with us!!!

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Sunday / Mom (mom)  Read >>
Sunday / Mom (mom)

Hi Ty,

   I have had you on my mind all weekend.  Just reliving everything and just don't know how I go on every day.  I find I sit and stare for hours it seems like just thinking about everything. 

  I got the snowmobile stuck today.  I could just see you laughing your butt off.  I buryed the track into a big snowdrift, Scott had to walk to the road and wave the next person down, and then we had to go and get dad to get me out.   Hurt my shoulder and back, so out of commision for a while.

  Its spring break.  Just not the same with out you.  I am sure you would of had all your buddies up here and fishing. Grandpa would of loved to had you a few days of fishing.  Darrin is going with grandpa to winnipeg on Wed and to the curling brier, you would of loved that i am sure.  Then to the music store.  Colleen is due to have baby soon.  I bought her a real nice gift today, that is handmade going to give it to her from you. 

  well I am getting tired... your my last stop everynight.. I love you and miss you so much... today pop pop has been gone 10 years already!! died when you were 8. Now your up there with him and grandma and chelsea.    come see me in my dreams, its been a while... love mom xxoo

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3 months today since you were here TY......  / MOM Missing You (His mom )  Read >>
3 months today since you were here TY......  / MOM Missing You (His mom )
Wow... 3 months and that feels like its been a year since I have seen you. We miss you so much. You just have no idea how much our life has changed. Your dad got hit hard 2 nights ago. He doesn't even remembering working... its weird how your brain will block out things so that you can spend all your time thinkin about you. I have had a couple of bad days and kaitlyn and Darrin and Scott were upset this week.

I saw Erik this weekend. He was 3 feet from me. I have mixed feelings Tyler. I wanted to just get away, but part of me wanted to ask a bunch of questions and part of me thought I was going to throw up in my helmet. (we were snowmobling) at the Carnival.

The carnival was missed with out you.....I won a hat and t-shirt I know you would of wanted. Darrin took the hat I think.

So tired hon....this stress and everything is so hard. We have 2 pupppies now, but we are finding good homes for them, one has a broken foot, the other is full of spitfire, and Cheyenne thinks she is their mom. A few people were not happy that we got them, but like you...you didn't like to see anything get hurt. expecially dogs... we named them max and ruby, mind you max we are going to find a home for, I only like girl dogs.

I am lighting a candle for you..... I love you...and miss you so much...hugs and kisses TY.... love mom and dad




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Happy Leap Year honey......Day 29th....  / Your Mom On Feb 29... (mom)  Read >>
Happy Leap Year honey......Day 29th....  / Your Mom On Feb 29... (mom)

I remember the day we talked about leap year and you were telling me one of your friends was going to 4 this year in leap years.  You wanted to get some balloons and sent them to her, but I don't remember which friend you said it was....

We got a wonderful gift.  A man you guided and his son, they sent us a beautiful picture of you and their son.  a really nice letter, sure are missing you. They also surprised us and paid for the rest of your funeral. What a huge stress lifted off our shoulders when that happened. WE are so forever grafeful.  I have a little care package that dad and I put together for his family.  Tyler you meant a lot to them and to so many people. I am proud to call you my son.  you were a good mixture of dad and I and would of been a great Teacher.

Winter carnival and I know you loved hanging out with your friends and zipping around on your snowmachine...we will be on it in memory of you.  Its been almost 3 months since I last held your hand in mine and kissed it.  That sure was a hard night, I never in a million years ever thought I would loose you. You  always held everything together.  I sure miss your daily phone calls...little things that you take for granted are the things you miss the most.

You would of loved the bracelets that Kaylie had made. Like the ones you wore for Devin, only these are toronto maple leaf colors.  I wear mine all the time, need to order some more, so many want them! 

Well hon just know that I am sending you a big big hug and I love you so much!! and I miss you...you know it, as you see the tears I cry. I bet I could of filled  a small lake up with tears I have cried for you.   Hug grandma and pop pop and little JT for me... love you.. always.. mom

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hey budday!  / Trav Showalter (friend)  Read >>
hey budday!  / Trav Showalter (friend)

hey ty! Wow its been WAY too long. It feels like forever since we were laughin it up abut the "zelda soldier walk". I miss that apartment so dam much! Its so hard to go by it every so often. I know that ur watchin all of us though. I can feel it. Like when I went to the hospital the other day for the scrape on my foot, I could almost here u laughin @ me and called me a "stupid cooter" I was kind of laughin (but not too hard):P! Anyway ty i gotta song fur ya, and I know u could have played this song on the guitar fur sure. Its called, "everything changes" by staind. But ty i gotta go cause we got a huge test tomorrow so I will send ya a message lata man! peace out!

from ur good buddy: Trav

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Hey Bro...  / Matt Badiuk (Friend)  Read >>
Hey Bro...  / Matt Badiuk (Friend)
Almost 3 months now, and I still can't think of enough words to describe what you meant to everyone in this world...It was a long, difficult couple of months of work after that day for sure...I still remember some of those times you were explaining to me on my first day how much "ball this truck has" as we took the work truck around the corner at 50 with the tires spinning and the furniture in the back flying around, getting to the house and seeing a couple dents on it and you just saying, "How the hell did that happen?" Or the crazy times during our last year of hockey playing in Emo...the Stars...we were an awesome team...but still wouldn't have been half as great without your massive smile on the bench and you're retarded comments in the dressing room which would have us all on the ground laughing...I still remember the look on your face during your first game that year part wya through the season...30 seconds left and yah skated on the ice as fast as yah could and as soon as the puck came to yah...you let go one of those cannons towards the net...i dont think yah knew exactly where the shot was going...with a few previous shots form the game I think a few people in the stands behind the net were starting to cower a bit but after everything...this one hits its mark winning what it would seem to be the first tie of the season...I don't think ive seen a bigger smile on anyones face than after that goal...you woulda thought you just won the stanley cup...haha...great times on the rink...or in Atikokan during our last tournament win...you got the puck and had one person between you and the net and he was a long ways away...you came across the center line and with no warning...wind up for a slap shot.......from center!!!...yah let her go and i think that goalie was regretting being in the way as yah nailed him square in the forhead:P dropping him with a minor concussion...or you talking about the headers on your truck:P it was the topic that you could never grow tired of telling...your truck...you would think the think had cost yah a million bucks...it might as well have with the amount you loved that thing...with that i should header...still miss yah budd...its been a long few months without yah and there will never be a person on this earth that can replace yah!! hope you're having a good time wherever yah are...and know that everyone here misses you greatly!! Peace... Close
I FEEL UR PAIN  / ALEXIS   Read >>
I FEEL UR PAIN  / ALEXIS
MY NAME IS ALEXIS...I DONT REALLY KNOW WHAT BROUGHT ME TOO YOUR SITE..BUT IT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS..TY IS GORGEOUS AND SO IS HIS GIRLFRIEND THEY LOOKED LIKE A CUTE COUPLE...I TOO LOST MY SON 2 YEARS AGO HIS NAME IS MIKEY..HE WAS KILLED ON A ATV AND MY LIFE ENDED THAT DAY..I WISH I COULD SAY IT GETS EASIER, BUT I CANT LIE TO YOU...I ACHE FOR HIM EVERYDAY..WE JUST HAVE TO BELEIVE OUR SONS ARE IN A BETTER PLACE AND WE WILL SEE THEM AGAIN... I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DAILY..I HOPE YOU FIND PEACE AND TY BRINGS YOU MANY SIGNS...I ALSO HAVE A SON NAMED TY...JUST WANTED TO SEND MY LOVE..MY SONS SITE IS....WWW.MIKEY-BRUGGER.MEMORY-OF.COM   STOP BY AND VISIT SOMETIME....LOVE ALEXIS Close
Adam Polk(Mom)  / Shea Polk ((ADAM POLK) )  Read >>
Adam Polk(Mom)  / Shea Polk ((ADAM POLK) )

I am so sorry for your loss. It is a loss that no one else can ever feel unless they have expierenced that horrible pain you get when your heart gets ripped from your chest. Tyler looks like he was a great kid. He reminds me alot of Adam too.

Adam got killed in a car accident 3 houses down from ours. He was at a friends house and had fallen asleep watching a movie. When he woke up it was shortly before 5 AM. He left because he was low on gas and had to get gas so he could go & get his boat so he & all his friends could take it out that Sunday that he got in the accident. He died instantly. Long story short, he left the friends house, got gas and was on the way home and fell asleep.  My heart aches every day. I know yours does too. Thank you so much for reaching out on his page.

If you want to talk, please email me at spbft@aol.com  Put Adam in the subject line so it doesn't go to spam.

 

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My deepest sympathies to you all  / Sheila Haaksma (friend of his mom )  Read >>
My deepest sympathies to you all  / Sheila Haaksma (friend of his mom )
When someone so young is taken from us, it makes us wonder and ask "why?" It all seems so senseless. All we can do is pray and cry out to God. He lost his son too, so he does understand, better than any of us could, so He is the ultimate Comforter. 
While I did not have the pleasure of meeting or knowing Tyler, he seems like he was a really great guy and very well loved by all who knew him.  I am very sorry for your loss , Joanne and family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. 
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How can one ever put into words the loss of a child  / Diane Wilson (friend of Joanne's )  Read >>
How can one ever put into words the loss of a child  / Diane Wilson (friend of Joanne's )
Life passes so quickly they say, but never so quickly as a child growing up.  You were so much to your mother Tyler and often we laughed and comments she made like Tyler, Tyler, Tyler.  My prayers always include your family and their pain.

Even now, although I didn't know you personally, you cross my mind every day and I wonder why life had to be so short when you had so much to live for.  One sees others who have no desire to better anyone's life and wonder why someone, with so much to give, was taken so early.  

My heart also goes out to you, Rachel and you are also in my prayers.  It is not always you meet your soul mate and I know you and Tyler had something special.  It shows in the photos.  I pray that you all will someday follow a legacy to what Tyler wanted for others in his life and that his passing will never be in vane but that you will carry on the torch in his memory just as was done with Terry Fox.  Tyler's life mattered and someday perhaps, you may find his purpose and pursue his dream for him and make it a reality.

We will never know why, but we remember.  You are a star in heaven Tyler and you are missed.

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SAD / MOM C. (MOM TO YOU TY )  Read >>
SAD / MOM C. (MOM TO YOU TY )
 I AM SAD....life is never going to be the same with out you.... I tried today to have good day...but in the end, I just miss you... 

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Dad's birthday is coming up  / Mom C. (Mom)  Read >>
Dad's birthday is coming up  / Mom C. (Mom)
Hi hon,

    I was just thinking and remembering last year and the year before on Dad's birthday, when you were so excited that you were able to get that fishfinder for ice fishing for dad for a great price and how excited you were for him to open it.... and how excited dad was to get it!!   He uses it all the time.... You were  always so good at picking gifts out for anyone.   This told me you paid close attention to what we liked. 

Oh boy....here come the tears.... every single night I cry for you at this time.... not sure why? Maybe because this was around the time I arrived home into our house knowing you would never be alive in it again..... Tonight my heart has a heavy ache for you.   I talked to your aunti tracy today, boy do they miss you...so many miss you... I think about the things we have done and got and you don't even know because you are not here to see.   Well I suppose your here in your own way... I would like to think you are.... helps the days when I am really missing you.. I almost feel tonight that your sitting across from me in the chair you sat at for supper, during family dinners....saying "mom don't cry....."  but how can I NOT cry for you.....  I want to be happy again, but its going to be a long time... I am kinda angry at God...I know I shouldn't be not his fault,. I can't even imagine how scared you were to know you were SHOT and to know that you were probably going to die.   I know the boys said you mumbled but they didn't understand you....you died in Eriks arms....you died with 2 of your best friends.  Although I only wished you were in my arms so you could of heard how proud I was of you and how much I loved you... I sat with you for hours holding your hand to my cheek and my tears running down your arm.  Your not suppose to bury your child.  Oh how I was looking forward to you growing up and experiencing being a husband and dad, and a great teacher.....God had other plans for you....I sure wish I knew...... I love you Ty...my curly headed blue eyed, wide smile son......I miss you so much........ xoxoxo  Mom.... Close
thinking of you  / Joanne Cottam (his mom forever )  Read >>
thinking of you  / Joanne Cottam (his mom forever )

Hey Ty,

   Been thinking about you alot today.....I seen that salt thing you did, but threw it over my shoulder 2 times once for me and once for you .  little bugger....   I keep hoping this is all a bad dream and that your really on vacation in Austraila....but I don't think that is going to come true.

   I hope your peeking down on Cheyenne, she is so soft and such a pretty dog!!  You did good picking her. She loves cookies.. just like you!! when you ask her to give you a 5 she gives you 10 with both paws.  She sits pretty.  Only one accident she has had since you left us.  Kaylie was here the other day, and she said you had good taste in dogs, that Cheyenne was beautiful.. you didn't give us any grandkids but we got a granddog.....She is sleeping, well everyone is but me...its 2am and here I sit....thinking and shedding some tears for you....

  I found a article written on you from the times....starts out "Teen Killed in hunting accident".... then your name and age... I keep wishing its a misprint but...its not...  I really miss you.  Mitch brought back all your clothes this weekend, now we know where all your jeans were !!! no one fits your size. Hang on to them all maybe Scotty will someday...

  Your grandparents are soaking up the sun in Arizona...grandpa said he was going to miss your daily phone calls....to see what he was up to?  we all miss your phone calls. 

  I did ride your sled the other day...pretty fast too...it was fun...but my back is paying for it.   

  Anyhow....we all miss you..Scott, Kaitlyn, Darrin and Dad and I....not a day goes by that we don't think of you several times...I get really scared sometimes knowing your gone forever. I don't like that feeling at all....I wish I could wave a wand and make you come home here with us...  don't be giving god a hard time now Ty...he knows more then you do....  I love you with all my heart Ty... love mom...xoxox

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hey budday!  / Travis Showalter (Friend)  Read >>
hey budday!  / Travis Showalter (Friend)
Hey ty.. its Trav! Hey budday! how u doin? Hey nestor Bonspiel is commin up! Hope ur ready?!? Ty its gunna b so hard to step out on that ice and take the first slide of the year without you there! :(! That bonspiel is NEVER going to b the same! We miss ya ty and I wish most of all that you could come home and curl with me one more time! from ur good friend.... TRAV!

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8 weeks Ty....miss you....dad's email address  / Your Mom Again Missing You (mom)  Read >>
8 weeks Ty....miss you....dad's email address  / Your Mom Again Missing You (mom)
Hi  hon,

   Oh I am missing you so bad today.... I miss you when I first wake up and at night when everyone else is sleeping and its just me awake.  Its not getting any easier. Tomorrow it will be 8 weeks.  My heart has so much sadness, its hard to get through each day.

   You would be proud of me I drove your sled today. Sure is a lot different then mine. Good thing I have long arms and legs... I was racing dad, but I didn't pin it but dad said I was doing 70mph  so that was fast enough and that was only half way on the throttle.  I kept waiting to hear the can kick in but dad said you have to pin it to get that.  Maybe next time.

  A few of the guests you guided have gotten in touch with us and had nothing but great things to say about you...we knew that you were in the right field.  You would of make a great teacher.

If you go to tinkers website and click on newsletter there are some pictures of you and Tinker wrote a really nice letter about you.  Made me feel proud and cry at the same time.

 If you can look down on Kaitlyn and Scott they are having a tough time. Especially Kaitlyn....give them a hug from time to time, and Darrin and Dad...and me.... Bailey is 3 today. Cheyenne is almost a year and she is bigger and softer then Bailey. She would of make a great hunting dog like you wanted.

  anyhow..just wanted to let you know I love you and missing you so much today.  I wish I could see you smile and hear your voice and hear you tell us one of your stories or jokes. Or your next big plan...I think we are going to sell your bronco. Not your truck no way...I am hoping those friends of yours will come and get is going. Darrin wants to drive it.  I can hear you now.. Make him buy it..yeah... no sorry hon... your brother he misses you too and will have new memories with it. 

Love mom

  If anyone wants to get a hold of us his dad's email is 

catchemcottam@hotmail.com    and we can answer you..... Close
To Tylers family  / Neil Byers (Client)  Read >>
To Tylers family  / Neil Byers (Client)

To the Cottam Family,

I'm kinda at a loss for words, so I'm sorry if I ramble...

My friend Jon Veatch called me today and informed me of your sons passing. I decided to google the name and that is how I found you.

In July 2006, I took a trip up to Tinkers cabin with some buddies. Tyler guided for us on a couple of the days... but more so entertained us. He was an awesome kid. Tyler, Jon, and I took a couple trips to a portage lake and shared a lot of great stories. He was a great fisherman, and I learned alot from him. The story I remember most was him trying to buy Jon's truck (an 88 POS Chevy) and how he would get it up to Canada. Jon could tell the story better, I just sat back and laughed. (You should see the truck!)

We have a video of Jon and Tyler in the boat harrassing a snapper turtle.Ty reached down and grabbed the turtle out of the water, jaws a snappin, and everyone shared a good laugh. "ohhh thats a big tutle!" he yells in the video. There are some clips of him fishing with us as well. I will contact Jon to see if he could get you that video.

I'm terribly sorry guys. I shed a few tears reading your letting to him over Christmas and such. If you need anything, please let me know.

Neil Byers
Chicago, IL, USA

 

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Missing You At School Budd!!!! :(  / Ashley Sharp (Good Friend )  Read >>
Missing You At School Budd!!!! :(  / Ashley Sharp (Good Friend )

Hey Ty, 
School has been pretty hard without you. You always made it funn.....like when you used to come into class late and you already knew that you were, but you had to ask anyway. I am always waiting for you to walk in and say that, or asking do we have any assignment due, and the answer would always be "yes, Tyler we do have stuff due...." I miss going to the apartment for lunch, hanging out wathcing Robot Chicken and playing PS2 with you and Trav. It is just so hard to believe, because it is just one of those things that you don't think would ever happen to one of your friends. But yeah we are all really missing you budd, we love you!!!! 
(L) ~*~ashley~*~

"Forever remembered, Never forgotten, Forever 18"

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MISSING YOU AGAIN  / YOUR MOM (MOM)  Read >>
MISSING YOU AGAIN  / YOUR MOM (MOM)

OH HONEY.....

   TODAY IS NOT A GOOD DAY FOR ME.... MY HEART IS IN BROKEN PIECES AND I PRAY OVER AN OVER FOR YOU TO COME BACK.  WHY GOD TOOK YOU I WILL NEVER KNOW.  

   i SO WISH YOU WERE HERE.. LIFE IS JUST NOT FAIR WITH OUT YOU....YOU WERE EVERYTHING TO ME. I WAS SO PROUD OF YOU.

 I HAVE BEEN CHATTING WITH YOUR CLASSMATE JENN AND SHE HAS SO MANY NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT YOU. SHE GAVE YOU A NEAT COFFEE MUG, WHICH I DRINK OUT OF NOW..AND I GOT A STARBUCKS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT..YOU WOULD OF LOVED THAT I GAVE TO HER TOO.. 

YOU AND ME WERE A LOT LIKE WE ARE GIVERS...GOOD WAY TO BE...

ANYHOW I MISS YOU SO MUCH....LOVE TO YOU ALWAYS... MOM

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Missin you Ty :(  / Ashley Jewett (Good Friend )  Read >>
Missin you Ty :(  / Ashley Jewett (Good Friend )
Hey Ty,

jsut me, been thinking about you alot lately. we all miss you and its no where near the same, and we all know that it never will be. and that makes it hard for us. we all have hope because we know that we're all gonna see you again one day in a better place but it just isn't right and it's not fair bud. i heard a song today that i haven't heard in a really long time..and the lyrics jus tmade me think of you. i'm sure youve heard it cause its country.

these are just some of them bud...
"i'll allways miss you, i'll always feel the loss
i have to remind myself that your better off
i've gotta believe even through these tears of mine
wherever you are, there's a sun that always shines

now you've got a room, with a view
a window to the world
you always had your sights set, high
and now that your gone, your memory lives on
and i see you smiling in my mind
with angels as bisitors dropping by
your room with a view"

i know your ok and your safe and that your watching over all of us ty....i love you and miss you so much bud. i wish this was all just a scary dream and that one day we would all wake up but its not. miss you bud...see you again soon :( 

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Here For You....  / Cindy Johnson (Friend TO The Family )  Read >>
Here For You....  / Cindy Johnson (Friend TO The Family )
Joanne...I am here for you. Just wanted you to know that. When you are up late at night shoot me and email or message and I will let you spend as much time as you would like to listen to be with you and your hurting heart. I hope I can bring Ernie to visit when the weather warms up. You know that has always been a dream of mine. His Canada mittens with the sting through the arms still fit him this year and are wonderful. It makes me think of you, your family and Tyler everyday..Joanne...Everyday..Love ya...Cindy and your special guy...Ernie. Close
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