Thousands celebrate the life of a Saskatoon teen

SASKATOON – Thousands of friends and family gathered Friday afternoon at Centennial Collegiate to say goodbye to 17-year-old Quinn Stevenson.

Stevenson died early Saturday morning in a collision on College Drive. Family and friends didn’t mourn Stevenson’s death but celebrated his joyful life.

“17-year-olds don’t know how to grieve and they shouldn’t know how to grieve,” said Kurt Huber, a family friend.

It’s been almost a week since a horrific two vehicle crash on College Drive claimed the life of Stevenson.

“To wake up one morning and to have him gone is just surreal. I don’t know if I will ever get it through and believe it,” said Rhett Kappel, a teammate and friend.

Over 3,000 family and friends paid their respects at Centennial Collegiate and celebrated the life of Stevenson who had an impact on everyone he met.

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Stevenson graduated from Centennial Collegiate on June 25 and he was planning on fulfilling step one of his sportscaster dream by going to school this fall.

To say he loved sports was an understatement. He and his Saskatoon Blue Jay teammates just won the Midget AA City Championship, he played and refereed hockey and was working this summer at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. Jerseys were encouraged to be worn to the funeral service.

“He had a great life. Short but he was happy all the time. I believe everyone should remember him for being happy. Last memory should be a happy one,” said Jason Lawrence, Teammate and friend.

To keep his spirit alive, a Quinn Stevenson memorial athletic and spirit scholarship has been created at Centennial Collegiate.