CALGARY- He loved music, and his talents were centre stage thanks to his band Zackariah and the Prophets. So it was fitting that music was a large part of the celebration of Zackariah Rathwell’s life.
The 21-year-old died last week, during a stabbing spree at a party in Brentwood that killed four other young students. Three of them were laid to rest on Monday, with the fifth funeral scheduled for Wednesday.
Rathwell, a talented musician, was remembered fondly by many during Tuesday’s service.
“It was his Zack-ness,” said Pastor Warren Wiebe. “His zest for living and life, his zest for people and friends.”
A student at ACAD, he was memorialized as a family man, athlete and artist. Rathwell’s father Bruce recalled talking with his son at the CD release party for his band—just three days before his death.
“I was so proud to see this young man stand tall with his peers, and spend time with each and everyone who was there.
“Sleep tight my little bear, pleasant dreams. Don’t forget mommy and daddy love you with all our hearts.”
Rathwell’s brother Mason joked about his relationship with his older brother.
“My brother ripped on me a lot, but was so proud of me, and I’m going to make him proud every day for the rest of my life.”
Rathwell’s mother was the last to speak, telling mourners she’s been comforted by the support from the community. She quoted the famous children’s story I’ll Love You Forever, while saying her goodbyes.
“He was an even better person than I thought he was,” said Ronda-Lee Rathwell. “I love you my zoo boy. I love you forever. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.
“Love you, bye.”