The B.C. Coroner’s Office has yet to identify the man who fell to his death on Friday, however multiple posts on social media are mourning 24-year-old Brendan Burge.
“It was a pleasure to play hockey with you, be your team mate, and most of all to be able to call you my friend. Thank you for all the memories we made in Revelstoke, I'll never forget them. Rest easy pal,” says one post.
Many people have posted on his Facebook page saying he will be remembered as a great father and a talented athlete.
“It still doesn't feel real hearing the news, you brought so much joy and excitement to everyone around you. It was a pleasure to be your team mate and step on the ice with you. You will be greatly missed Brendan Burge gone far too soon, rest peacefully,” said another person.
The Columbia Valley Rockies junior hockey team said on Facebook that they are deeply affected by the passing of Burge, who played for the team in the 2012 season.
"(We) would like to pass on our condolences to his family, his beautiful daughter Bodene and his hockey family that spans far and wide," they said.
The hockey team also spoke to his passion for the game and posted a quote he said.
“I miss the feel of the puck, and the breeze as you skate; I miss the sound of the crowd and my stupid room mate. The list could go on and on, but nothing will replace the way, that every problem, every issue that was going on in a guy’s mind just disappeared as soon as you stepped on the ice. Even if it meant of just two hours you had not a worry in the world."
Burge also played for the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
People who attended the party tell Castanet the death was an accident. Those on scene were very upset and would not speak with media.
The man leaves behind a child. He was believed to be living in West Kelowna.
RCMP do not believe foul play was involved.
“Investigators interviewed several witnesses at the scene,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said. “At this time, police do not believe that foul play is involved in the man’s death. As such, the investigation has now been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.”
He fell from a fifth-floor balcony at The Lofts on Ellis Street.
Officers arrived on scene just after 10 p.m. and found the man on a protruding second-floor balcony.
The 11-storey concrete and steel building was built in 2007 in Kelowna's Cultural District.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.