In Loving Memory of Dwight Funk

On the morning of Aug 23, 2017, Carol and Cam Chomyn received news no parent ever wants to hear. Carol, Cam and their youngest son Kyle were on vacation in Beautiful British Columbia, awaiting the arrival of their son Dwight.  They were all there to meet and spend a day on the water, celebrating the life of Dwight and Kyle’s brother Johnny who had left them 1 year prior.  Dwight never showed up.  The family soon learned there was tragedy at home.  A few days shy of a year losing a child, it all started over again.  Dwight has also passed away.  He left this world to join his little brother Johnny in eternal happiness. 

Who were Dwight and Johnny?  I didn’t know them personally, but based on this letter their Mom wrote about them, it’s clear they were incredible.

Dwight and Johnny were the best of friends and the closest of brothers. Only 2 yrs apart, they shared everything, including their circle of close friends. 

For a large part of their younger life, they grew up without a true father figure, which tightened their bond, and where they turned to friendships for guidance. Up until their pre-teen years, when their step dad Cam came into their life, only then they began to learn they had someone they could turn to for true fatherly guidance. As their mother, I was always there to help them turn into loving, feeling, boys with a connection for each other including their oldest brother Joey. 

Johnny and Dwight became inseparable. Finding their way in this life, striving for adventure, a common love of sake, along with adventure of music, their talents of writing music and a common future in plumbing; becoming plumber apprentices. 

You never knew who was the oldest, as Johnny was the youngest but an old soul, with persistence, and drive, who tried to find his way and live a path of what was right. Dwight being the middle child, was a 6 foot person with a bold character, strong stance about him, strength of heart and stood up for everything he believed in for himself and his brother Johnny…even if it meant hurting your feelings. Humor was their outsource to remove the pain of life. They shared a common crazy of fun, making you laugh so hard and think what the heck? They would do silly things, and if caught on camera, it turned into a whole other crazy. They loved karaoke and remixing their rap while doing it, making the crowd go crazy as it was so fun to watch. The 2 of these boys together created a great force in this life. Everyone knew the Funk boys, and everyone knew how much fun and craziness they could bring to your life or any gathering.

On August 28, 2016 Dwight lost his best friend when Johnny passed away that day. Dwight tried to live through the next year, proving to his lost brother, that he will do great things, live more of a sober life, cut all ties of his past life and followed in his brothers footsteps. The pain of carrying on without his best friend and brother, became too great for Dwight, and he chose to join his brother in Paradise on Wednesday August 23, 2017. 

For people who know the Chomyn’s, it’s clear this family has the fortitude and tenacity to get through these hard times, but they don’t have to do it alone. It’s up to us, their friends and family to provide support, share comforting messages, and ease some of the financial burdens that they are now faced with. These are two individuals who time and time again have helped others, never wanting or expecting anything in return. I personally am fortunate to have an amazing relationship with Cam.  This is a man who has mentored, provided fatherly advice, and been a friend through the 15 years I have known him.  He has helped me overcome countless life and work obstacles, helping me become the leader I am today in the corporate world.  For that, I am thankful. I know I’m not alone, and it’s time we pay it forward.

If you have the ability to help the Chomyn’s financially, please do.  With no insurance or benefits, funeral services and other expenses are adding up quickly.  Please also feel free to share stories about Dwight and Johnny.  These vibrant souls are gone from this world but should not be forgotten.  They once walked beside us, but now are forever among the stars.

We love you guys, and couldn’t be happier to help!

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Organizer and beneficiary

Phil Houle-Gregg 
Wetaskiwin, AB
Cameron Chomyn 

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