Sawyer Tetrault

Our hearts break to announce the sudden passing of Sawyer Douglas Adam Tetrault, on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Beloved son of Rick and Mira Tetrault. Brother of Jesse Tetrault (Jace), Erin Tetrault (Lucas) and the late Jordan. Grandson of Edward Tetrault and the late Pauline Tetrault and the late Milos and Danica Tepsic. Nephew of Lynne and John Compton, Laurie and Mark Burke, Lucie and John McTavish, Joanne Hart (the late Bill), Judy and Richard Theriault,  Jennifer and Jason Pinsonneault, Smilja Skrgic and Mile, Maca Jovanovic (the late Mile). Godson of Peter Cooper and Tanja Brujic. Best friend of Owen Caron. Sawyer will also be greatly missed by many friends, neighbours and extended family in Canada, United States and Europe.  Remembered for his love of music, as a guitarist and drummer, Sawyer loved to jam with friends. His knowledge of classic rock music was remarkable , he loved classic motorcycles , cars & trucks and had the potential to be anything he put his mind to. He spent many hours building a Triumph with his Dad.  Sawyer’s passing has shaken the entire community and he will be deeply missed by everyone.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to please consider the Designated Memorial Fund in Memory of Sawyer which has been set up through École Secondaire Catholique de Pain Court, 14 Notre Dame St, Pain Court, ON N0P 1Z0.  Please make cheques payable to CSC Providence.  Donations can also be processed through Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc., 397 McNaughton Ave W., Chatham ON  N7L 4K4,  519-351-4444.

A private family gathering will take place to help with this difficult journey.

89 Comments on “Sawyer Tetrault”

  1. Deepest condolences to the Tetrault family, may you find peace and comfort amongst your memories and know it’s not goodbye it’s til we meet again…. god bless you all as you travel thru this sad and difficult journey

  2. Patti and I send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Family n friends, I am happy to have spent time with him and my guitar showing him some tunes the last time we met, he was a sponge when it came to music, he loved it as we found joy sharing time together.

  3. We are praying for you Rick and Mira. We are truly heartbroken and don’t know how to help. Sawyer was one of our favourites, he is a shining star and will forever be in our hearts. He was loved by all he met, he had that special quality so rare and endearing. Please let us know when we can visit and if there is anything you need or want.

    The Lucier part of the family….

  4. Rick and Mira and family,
    Our condolences to all of the family.
    No words can take away the pain, but, the good memories will always put a smile in your heart.
    Like a glow of a candle ….may your memories light your path and warm your hearts in all your days to come……Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap His arms around Sawyer’s family and friends now and in the days ahead.
    Jerry and Denise Tremblay

  5. Dear Rick and Mira,

    May fond memories ease the pain of this tragedy, its been a pleasure to see Sawyer evolve into a fine young man who will never be forgotten.

    Love,
    Lee, Lynnette,Taylor,Ty and Tate VanLandeghem

  6. Rest in peace my friend……I guess the big guy upstairs needed you and he got one hell of a young man

  7. Rick and Myra we are so sorry for the passing of your precious boy. You have the whole community behind you. He will forever be in your heart. Rest in peace Sawyer. Ride free.

  8. Dear Rick, Mira & family, I’m so sorry to read about your loss…. What a beautiful collage of Sawyer’s life you posted & shared with us. RIP Sawyer. Annette

    1. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of cousin Sawyer. He was such a happy, nice kid. His genuine love to talk anything music was so cool. One of my favourite memories was that dinner he helped me with at Grandpa’s house. He was interested to look through my phone to see the music I had and share stories. He was an amazing kid, and very loved. He will be missed by everyone he touched. Love you all!

  9. Rick,Mira and family there are no words to convey how saddend we were to hear about Sawyer , sending hugs and prayers. Our deepest sympathies. RIP Sawyer.

  10. My Thoughts and Prayers are with Sawyers Family and Friends. Sawyer will be very missed. He always had such a big Smile. His love and knowledge of classic rock always made me smile especially when he would ask me if I knew certain bands and was surprised when I said yes and I had to remind him that it was the music I listened to growing up. There are no words to express my sympathies but I hope you can find some comfort in the stories and wonderful memories you have and those that will be shared of such a happy, easy going young man.
    Sawyer tu vas toujours avoir une place dans mon coeur.

    Mme Chantale

  11. Dear Rick I am so, so sorry to hear of yours and Mira’s loss. My heart goes out to the whole family. As soon as I read the last I knew it must have been your son. Immediately my heart just dropped. Although we have not saw each other since we worked together along time ago I still feel a deep connection. Please accept my deepest condolences and I am praying for strength for your entire family.

    Pam (Union Energy)

  12. M et Mme Tetrault,

    The entire school community of École St-Philippe send our sincere condolences to you and your family. Sawyer was an exceptionnel human being and a student admired by all.
    He will be truly missed.
    We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!

  13. Rick ,Mira and family there are no words to convey how saddened we were to hear about Sawyer. Sending hugs and prayers ,and our sincere sympathies. RIP Sawyer.

  14. Rick and Mira, our deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of your son Sawyer. We feel your pain, losing your child is unimaginable! There are no words to say to you that will ease this pain. All we can say is are thoughts and prayers are with you Rick and Mira and your family!

    Ron and Sylvia Griffore

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with Sawyers Family and Friends. My heart breaks for all of you. Sawyer always had a Smile and was ready to make you laugh. His love and knowledge of classic rock always made me smile especially when he would say ” Hey Mme do you know this band” and be surprised when I would say yes, made me feel young. May you find comfort in your memories and the stories that are shared.
    Sawyer tu vas toujours avoir une place dans mon coeur.

    Mme Chantale

  16. Our deepest sympathy to the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    John and Loretta Hendrie.

  17. Rick, Mira and family, our deepest sympathies during this tragic loss

    R.I.P. Sawyer

  18. I was so lucky to have taught Sawyer at St-Philippe, and while I never had him in my class, I got to see him throughout the years in Art class, Music class, Drama Class, and ‘Communication orale’, which he would always tell me was his favourite. Though I don’t know why it was his favourite that year that he was in Grade 5, it was certainly nice to hear! I got to see him at the school from the time he was in JK right up until Grade 8, and I truly enjoyed his sense of humour, and of course his love of music. I couldn’t say how many times he asked me if I liked Pink Floyd! My daughter Rebecca was in his class a few years, and both my daughter AND my son remember him from the bus… Ben summed him up right away by saying, ‘He was really funny!’
    Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for this great loss that you have suffered.
    Sawyer will be greatly missed, and always remembered, at St-Philippe!
    Sincerest condolences,
    « Mme Fry »

  19. Although there are no words to help you through this immense loss, please know that we are keeping your family in our thoughts. We may have never met Sawyer but after reading the many loving comments and watching his beautiful tribute videos it is clear he was a very special person and will be dearly missed by everyone that knew him.
    Jennie Lozon & Kyle Lozon and family

  20. Rick, Mira and family, I know no words can help the pain but know that we are thinking about you and pray you can get through this most difficult time.
    Stuart and Lorrie Handsor and family

  21. My deepest sympathy Rick and Mira and families. God has chosen another angel for his band in the sky. The tribute was beautiful.

  22. Rick and Mira our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sawyer will be remembered and missed by many. Jim and Skye

  23. You where a someone I had pleasure to have got to known a bit, your smile would light up the room…. family gathering and holidays just won’t be the same, you always loved my story’s from the road, and I always loved to get the opportunity to visit with you and talk music, you were so excited in the spring to bring me your guitars and have me set them up and work on them for you, I wish I could have giving you the real rock ‘n’ roll experience of coming to the big rock show with me….. much love and respect young man, you are missed Beyond words, dearly and gone far too soon, my condolences to Rick & Mira in these times…

  24. Our sincere condolences to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  25. We are so deeply saddened to hear about your loss. We cannot imagine how heartbroken you and your extended families must be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for peace and strength during this difdicult time.

  26. Our deepest condolences to the entire family for your loss of Sawyer. Please know that we will have you in our thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Sawyer, you will be missed by so many people in the community.

    The Crow family.

  27. Our deepest condolences to your family for the lost of your precious Sawyer. Please know we have you in our hearts in our prayers .
    Richard &Linda LaRue

  28. My heart is shattered…..we saw Sawyer on a very regular basis……I loved it that he came to visit us often……he was such a wonderful young man and he really got a kick out of some of the old Acme stories that George would tell him…..usually antics that involved his Dad………he was a wonderful friend even though there was such an age difference…….my heart aches for Rick and Mira and I pray that the Lord takes him under his wing. He will always be in our hearts and we will forever miss the sight of him cruising in the driveway to come and see us….RIP my sweet young friend and may the Lord provide some relief to Rick and Mira…….their pain is just beyond imagination…..Love you always George and Nancy

  29. Sincere condolences to you and your family Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  30. Rick & Mira and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss, there are no words for your pain right now.
    Please know that you’re in our hearts & that so many friends are thinking of you and wishing you comfort.

    Take care, Randy, Tracy, Sarandon & Jamieson Van Landeghem

  31. To the Tetrault family , I have never met any of you. I read about Sawyers collision in the London Free Press. As I am an avid motorcyclist I did some looking around on the internet and came across the tribute videos to Sawyer. They moved me to leave you a note. As a father of a 16 year old boy who has a desire for a motorcycle I can not imagine what you are going through. As riders we know the dangers and the “what ifs” that could happen. But how do we tell our children they can’t enjoy the same passions they see us enjoying. Watching the videos it is obvious he had the passion early in life and the parents to allow him to pursue them. Take comfort in that and the memories he provided you in life. RIDE the WINDS and rest in peace Sawyer. May fallen riders watch over us.

    1. Thank you for the kind words , they help more than you know .I have been blaming myself for introducing him to bikes to begin with , but my wife has eased my pain by telling me it was a passion of his & I couldn’t have changed it if I wanted to , just as he had a passion for music & everything life had to offer . He truly was my best friend & I miss him so much that I just ache all over . When you say good night to your son , make sure you tell him you love him , & hold him just a little longer , life changes forever in a heartbeat , may God bless you and your family , thank you .

  32. As I sit here my heart breaks for you and your family Rick. May God hold you in his hands and help guide you through this most difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest easy Sawyer.

  33. Rick and Mira,
    We we’re so very sorry to hear about your loss of Sawyer.
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Jeff & Pam

  34. Rick and Mira,

    As many have said, there are no words to make any sense of any of this. It was such a true delight to have to know Sawyer. An old soul, his love of life and all that is good, such a reflection of parents who loved him so very much. I don’t think I will ever be able to make Nachos again without a shout out to the great beyond to “come and get it!” I will watch and listen for him in the wind, memories of his laughter, smile and love of life always reminding me of how special of a young man he was. So fortunate are those who had an opportunity to know and love him.

    Please know, when the time is right, my door is always open. Life on the the Sea to Sky, with its mountains and ocean, has a way of providing such calm and peace.

    Sending you love and prayers during these difficult times. Sue ❤️

  35. We cannot express enough how devastated we are in the loss of Sawyer. Sawyer often would stop in to see us with his dog to stay hi, for many years. We will always treasure the memories of Sawyer from swimming, throwing ball, BBQ’s on the Lake and talk the drum talk. We are going to miss our buddy so much and he will always remain sincerely in our hearts forever. But most of all, our hearts are surrounding you Rick & Mira. May God give you the strength during this difficult time.

  36. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you Rick and Mira and your whole family. Rick you know all your brothers are thinking and here for you. We will do anything you need. We are here for you. What a fine job done on the obituary and the pics really showed how much love Sawyer had and what a wonderful life Mira and you have given him. He couldn’t have asked for better.

  37. Though it has been years since I have seen you Rick, I felt the need to reach out to you and Mira. I cannot imagine the pain of your loss. And we question why, but I believe God has a plan for him. And he is safely resting in his arms. Please accept my deepest condolences

  38. Rick and Mira. Colleen and I were deeply saddened to hear this. Prayers to you and your entire family.

  39. I can’t imagine the pain that your family is going through right now.
    I will miss the chats Sawyer and I had near the road or in the driveway ; the beat of the drums I could hear faintly at night; the bike taking off.
    I’m so thankful for the short conversation we had on the walking trail in Pain Court the day before. I will always treasure those memories. Such a good person.

  40. Mira and Rick,
    We are sending you our deepest sympathy and love today. Sawyer was a special young man-a tribute to both his Mom and Dad. May the beautiful memories you have of him give you some comfort in the days ahead.

  41. Our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family at this very difficult time.

  42. Rick and Mira,
    we are at a loss for words. It was a shock to hear of Sawyer’s passing. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Sawyer always made us laugh with his outgoing, highly inquisitive personality. He enjoyed everything life had to offer to the fullest. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  43. Dear Mira and Rick
    I have no words, my heart is breaking for the entire TETRAULT family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I had the HONOUR to journey with Sawyer and his family during Confirmation Prep last year. His love of life, his caring nature and his million dollar smile are all qualities I will remember from Sawyer; a true testament of the great parents he had. I also had the occasion to see him this past fall at ESPC doing supply work and he came up to me to say hello and told his friends who I was; he made my DAY. He will be remembered and missed by many.
    Sincere sympathies !

    Anita Johnston

  44. Rick & Mira
    I would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are grateful that we had the opportunity in meeting Sawyer and spending time with him. He truly was remarkable young man and will never be forgotten.

    Annita & Mike

  45. Rick, Mira and family,
    Our family is keeping your entire family in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times. I enjoyed teaching Sawyer and remember fondly his sense of humour and how fast his running shoes made him run! He was always very polite and always willing to help. Dominic also has great memories and stories of jamming at St-Philippe.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Brigitte, Dave, Deni and Dominic Goure

  46. Dear Mira and Rick
    There are no right words to ease the pain that you and your family are feeling and our hearts ache for you and your family. We pray that you will take comfort in knowing that Sawyer made a big impact on the lives of many. The joy he brought dad and I was immeasurable. He truly lived the BEST VERSION of himself. A warm smile, a wave from afar…he always took the time to say hello. Your son was a beautiful presence in this world: he made a difference! Every day, when dad and I went on our morning walks on the track at ESPC, if Sawyer saw us, he would go out of his way to come and say hello and chat with us for a bit…every single time… It was as if he was watching for us. He had a caring nature and a sunny disposition and we always looked forward to seeing him. Dad often commented how Sawyer would often stop and talk with him, if he was outside. Conversation came easy to Sawyer. Dad and I spoke with him at length on Tuesday the 10th, and dad teased him about joining us for a walk around the track. How we will miss these precious times. Our heartfelt condolences.

  47. Take one day at a time for now Rick . Remember we all care about you and Mira. So lean on us if you need to anytime.

  48. Sawyer…what would I say to you if I knew it was the last time I would get to see you?

    I would thank you for your smiles, laughs and hugs growing up. I would thank you for sharing your love of music with me. I would ask you to record yourself playing the drums and the guitar so that I could listen to it over and over again. I never wanted to leave the library when the bell rang once recess ended as I was listening to you and Owen jam. I would have sat there every recess, obligations allowing.

    You were always willing to help me out. You were always respectful towards me. Your sense of humour was contagious and your big eyes helped you out of trouble when you knew you made a bad choice. You always apologized without being asked.

    I still have the red tractor you drew for me 10 years ago to make me feel better. I still believe Case is better than John Deere, but I will always cherish the picture you gave to me of you sitting on the John Deere at 4 years old.

    I heard your song the night after you passed and I enjoyed every loud crack of thunder. It was beautiful.

    Please watch over your parents, family, friends and community as we mourn your loss. Your presence on earth made a huge impact.

    Je t’aime toujours Sawyer.

  49. I just wanted to say im so so sorry Uncle Rick and Aunt Mira.. Sawyer was such a sweet, kind, funny and optimistic kid with so much talent and so much ahead of him.

    I remember that car show you took him and I to years back fondly.. he will be missed by many..

    If theres anything that i can be of help with let me know.. thinking of you guys..

  50. Rick and Mira
    “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

    Sawyer was that someone. He was such a special young boy. We will carry his light in our hearts forever.

    Uncle Richard and Aunt Judy

  51. Rick and Mira – our hearts are aching for you. We can see by the beautiful video, the messages left by so many others and by listening to Bush’s song, as parents you did good – real good. What a wonderful kind young man. Gone too soon, but pursued his passions from a young age which many never have the opportunity to do. We are holding you close in our hearts, keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Sawyer. Sending much love and many hugs. Paul, Kathy, Danielle and Jamie

  52. Our deepest sympathies to Rick and Mira. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cant imagine the pain your going through and no words can take that away. We are here if you need anything. Sawyer was a great and talented man, and will be greatly missed. He touched the heart of a lot of people.

  53. Rick and Myra…Please know we think of you both and Sawyer every day. We would be happy to help you in anything you need. So sad for everyone but understand it is a part of life and no ones fault…Always, Cyril and Deb

  54. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of your son. Sawyer’s smile in the photos show a great kid with a great family and friends. Memories… keep us with our loved ones.

  55. To Rick & Mira, Ed and the entire Tetrault Family
    I was blessed to call Sawyer my friend, the same as i call his Mom and Dad. His mind was brilliant, the ability to listen to a song and play it on his drums was a gift of his. His passion for collecting old albums matched perfectly with his amazing memory of the details in each album that he loved to talk about. He knew every musician playing in his album collection. I will always hear Sawyer say to me, Rick do want to see my new albums? In addition to his beautiful mind, was his matching kind Spirit he carried with it. There are no words to ease the pains and tears flowing from his departure. But given a choice to have him as my friend for only a few moments of time or none at all, I will cherish the memories Sawyer has given to me forever and always wish we could have had more. 


  56. Rick & Mira I’m grateful to have known Sawyer and for Dylan and him to become good friends. His smile! I will always remember… Dylan would come home from school almost everyday with a story about something Sawyer did in class to make them all laugh.
    Looking at the picture video you shared Sawyer had a wonderful life, you let him live his dreams. His young life touched so many people and will never be forgotten.
    Giving you prayers, hugs and strength ♥️

  57. Rick and family .,,, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends.

  58. Dear Rick & Mira:

    We so sorry for your great loss. Cherish your memories and hold them close to your heart. May the love of faith, friends and family give you peace and comfort. Our prayers are with you.

  59. Rick and Mira,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Sawyer touched many lives and was an exceptional young man. We will always remember him for his joyful and talented spirit. Our hearts break for you. May you find peace and comfort.

  60. Our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this very difficult time.

  61. Rick and Mira, we are heartbroken for you both. As we have been reflecting on our fond memories of Sawyer, we have been trying to come up with something to say to bring you comfort but there just are no words. The tributes all reflect on what an amazing young man Sawyer was, its seems we were not the only ones who thought so. I can remember when Sawyer was just a little guy and I asked him old he was. He told me that he was 21 and if i didn’t know better I would have thought so because he was wise beyond his years. He will truly be missed by so many. We are here if you need anything. Love and hugs. Michelle, Mike and Amber

  62. Uncle Rick and aunt Mira,

    I’m not really sure what to say, but I feel like I should say something. I didn’t really know Sawyer that well; he was the youngest cousin, so we tended to spend time with different sets of people at family events. I don’t really even have that many specific memories of him. But I *can* say that I don’t have a single memory of him that’s even remotely negative. Despite the age difference between us, I never remember seeing him as an “annoying little kid”, even when he was around the age where he probably should have been. In fact, I remember him being pretty well-behaved and easy to talk to or play with. I also remember briefly talking to him a couple summers ago at my wedding, and then again shortly after at Alex’s. I can’t for the life of me remember what we talked about, but I remember enjoying his company.

    And I will always remember him fondly.

  63. Rick,Mira and all extended family. ..there are no words that express are deepest sympathies to all of you. As I read all the codolences he was truly a bright and talented young man that touched the life’s of many. RIP Sawyer from The Jubenville family.

  64. Our deepest sympathies, Rick & Mira. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

  65. Rick and Mira, our deepest heartfelt sympathy to both of you, and your family. Sawyer was such a bright light, striking up conversation with anyone. We had a few music conversations at the swimming hole and his rock n roll knowledge was far greater than this rocker. We will miss seeing him. That positive vibe of his will be missed. Please know our hearts are with you and we hope that all of your wonderful memories give you some comfort in the difficult days ahead. The song by Bushman is a beautiful tribute, and the slideshow priceless. Big hugs to you both.
    Jeff and Litza

  66. Our heartfelt condolences. Thinking if you during this difficult time. Kevin, Chris, Brant and Theresa Bagnell.

  67. Its several days now and we are still in shock. Sawyer had a unique ability to cross generations and engage you. The conversations about old Mopars and music will be missed. The love will remain always. Rest easy my young cousin… and friend.

  68. Rick and Mira, sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Dwayne and Leanne Burr

  69. To Ric,Mira and Family
    My Deepest Condolences to you in the loss of your precious son Sawyer.. There are no words to express how heartbreaking it is for you and your family. I feel your loss and know what you are going through at this difficult time.I,too lost a loved one and the healing process still lingers..I pray that you will find peace in God as you reflect on the good times with your Son and that you cherish the memories of Sawyer.

  70. Rick and Mira,

    We are so sorry for your loss, although we don’t know each other, our son met Sawyer at high school this fall. Our hearts are heavy as we pray for your family. God Bless.

  71. Rick and Family…..So very sorry to hear that your son Sawyer has passed away. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  72. To Ric, Mira and family, we are heartbroken for you both. Our prayers are with you and your family!

  73. Rick and Mira and Family
    Truly heartbroken to hear of Sawyer’s passing. Fond memories of you two at George and Nancy’s around Retro Fest time and other occasions, a few years back. He sure was a nice young polite kid with a lot of energy.
    Our condolences.
    RIP Sawyer.

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