Penticton and South Okanagan
Funeral held for boy burned in fire
Sep 19, 2013 / 4:30 pm
Cody O'Connor was remembered as a bright, brave and cheerful boy at his funeral Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Penticton.
Cody, 8, was taken off life support on Friday, after sustaining burns in a motorhome fire in August in Oliver.
"He was very bright and colourful, always playing outside, and everyone he met he put a smile on their face and a spring in their step," said family member Maggie Taylor in the eulogy.
He had a plastic alligator he carried with him everywhere, even feeding it because he loved it so much, and he loved playing tricks and sumo wrestling with his brother, she recalled.
Taylor further read from a poem that she said she asked Cody to help her write, which ended with the words, "This is not a goodbye, but until we meet again someday."
The boy's mother, Amanda O'Connor, told those gathered she was happy they were all there and wearing bright clothing per the family's request.
In a letter she wrote to her son she said "You are my son, my miracle baby, your smile always brightened everyone's days."
She hinted at her son's mischievous side saying "I am going to miss the, 'I didn't do it and it wasn't me', guy."
And she spoke of her young son's courage.
"You were so brave even when you broke your arm," she said. "You are a fighter, you proved that to the end. I know you are yelling down I OK."
She ended with "rest now my darling son, my little angel, mommy loves you."
Those gathered, from family members to community and Oliver Fire Department members, were comforted by the words of Bishop David Northcott and speaker Doug Anderson.
Anderson spoke of the death of a younger person, a child, being especially difficult to face, but said little children also have eternal life.
While Northcott spoke of how sometimes we live our lives in the "If only" stage, if only the firemen had been there one minute earlier, if only he hadn't gotten the infection in the hospital, and encouraged those gathered not to play this game.
There were musical presentations as well as hymns and prayers, while members of the family served as pallbearers.
Cody suffered burns to 40 percent of his upper body, after a fire broke out in the motorhome where he was staying with his family in the Centennial RV Park in Oliver.
He was saved from the Aug. 28 blaze by Oliver Fire Chief Dan Skaros, and taken to BC Children's Hospital for care.
The boy, who was set to start grade 3 at Oliver Elementary School in early September, was taken off life support, surrounded by family members, at Canuck Place hospice in Vancouver on Friday.
His interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton, following the funeral.
Since learning of his death, there has been an outpouring of support for the family in Oliver.
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