23 yr old died instantly

Alanna Kelly

A 23-year-old Kelowna man was tragically killed while visiting family and friends in Ontario.

Tyler Lee, who worked as a fitness instructor at GoodLife in Kelowna, is being remembered for his friendly demeanour and love for adventure.

“He did more in his lifetime than I think a lot of people dream of,” said his mother Beverly Lee-Scott.

Lee travelled to Burlington to see his mother and was heading back to Kelowna with two friends early Friday morning.

“He had come home so I would get to see him on Thursday and so he could get a new vehicle,” she said.

With the help of his mom, Lee purchased a new truck which he was planning on filling with kayaks in the summer.

It was just after 8:30 a.m. when Lee’s truck and a tractor trailer collided on Highway 17 in Kenora, Ont.

“He was killed instantly,” she said. “He was knocked unconscious right away, he didn’t suffer at all. He was unconscious when they lost him at the hospital half an hour later.”

The two other men that were in the vehicle were both taken to hospital but are expected to make a full recovery.

“He became such a great man. He inspired me every day,” said his mother through tears.

Lee-Scott said her son and a friend purchased a van and headed to Kelowna on an adventure about two years ago.

“He hiked, mountain climbed, kayaked, skied and he recently took up curling which we laugh about because he was Mr. macho man going curling,” she said. “He loved everyone in Kelowna, it was his other family."

He quickly found his passion being an instructor at GoodLife in Kelowna and was recently promoted to assistant fitness manager.

“He was on top of the world,” she said. “He loved everybody.”

The family said a funeral will be held on Friday in Milton, Ont. A GoFundMe has been created to help cover costs. 

“Tyler touched so many people's lives and so many people touched his life,” said Lee-Scott. “He is still in my heart.”

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