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Ava Gnanaprakasam

Ava Grace Gnanaprakasam

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 - Friday, February 28th, 2020
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Ava Grace Gnanaprakasam • 2017 - 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our best big girl and big sister, Ava Grace, following the tragic accident that took her life on Friday, February 28th in Squamish, BC.

Ava’s short life was filled with love and an incredible spirit—always seeking the next adventure, inquisitive about the world, but filled with gentle and sweet love for all those around her. Growing up she was physically strong, loving her bike, swimming, climbing and gymnastics! Spending time with friends, doing puzzles, water colours as well as going on hikes, jumping in muddy puddles and loving the beach were just few of her favourite things. Always cautious at start, but then there was no stopping her! She loved fully, unconditionally and with a genuine big heart.

Ava was born here in Squamish on June 14, 2017 and is survived by her younger sister Della, mother Ivana and father Jason. Grandpa Gnanaprakasam, Grandma Elisheba, Grandpa Milos and Auntie Janka and Adam. Auntie Annie and Uncle Kranthi, Auntie Susan, as well as her first cousins Aliana and Ella. Not to forget Ava’s best friends Levi and Jasper.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at Squamish Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 6th, 2020 beginning at 12:00 Noon. A private Internment will follow at Mount Garibaldi Cemetery after the service.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all of the first responders from Paramedics and Police, to Victim Services, Doctors and Nurses at Squamish Emergency and Hospital. Their hearts go out to all of them as well. They would also like to thank, from the bottom of their hearts, the community of Squamish, for the outpouring of affection, love, prayers and support, their church family at The Rock Church, as well as the generous GoFundMe donations to support them at this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Squamish Hospital Foundation BN: 892297888RR0001 would be appreciated. Ava’s life came full circle at the Squamish Hospital from her birth to passing. We would like to acknowledge the importance of this facility to our family and our community and to help support their growth and ability to serve all of us.

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 12:00pm
    Squamish Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd.
    40440 Tantalus Road Box 99
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    If anyone is travelling from out of town and is looking for hotel accommodation, please contact the Executive Suites Hotel in Squamish. A block of rooms have been set aside for those traveling from out of town. 604-815-0048.
    Pastor Glenn Davies
  • Reception

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    Squamish Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd.
    40440 Tantalus Road Box 99
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 04:22pm
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Miss Ava Grace. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. I still remember the first time we met Ava Grace and Ivana at Mother Goose class when our daughters were about 6 months old. They both had smiles that lit up the room and I knew I had to get to know them better. We continued to meet them at the parks, play groups and birthday parties while on maternity leave. I will always remember Ava Grace’s big smile, amazing pigtails and her little bum scooch that she used until she was ready to walk. We will cherish the memories of the times we spent together and know we’re here for you and your family.
Sending you love,
Jennie & Joyce


Posted at 10:54am
Our heart goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. We feel lucky to have just known the wonderful little Ava, she was a ray of sunshine to all who knew her. She was so special to our family and we will miss her dearly. The love and joy that she brought to us is something special we will treasure forever. There are many memories that we cherish but our favorite happened at the Ledge, the day she gave Jasper a hug for the first time. They both expected the other to support their body and toppled right over into an adorable mess of cries and tears. It was amazingly cute but also incredibly funny, as toddlers are. I loved how they jumped excitedly everytime they saw each other and then ran to give each other a big hug, even if they saw each other earlier that same day. Ava will forever be in our hearts and her memory everlasting.

Send you lots of love,
Jasper, Johanna & Richard

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