Local’s remains returned to Canada 

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Jamie had no travel and health insurance when he left on his vacation in September. Nor does he appear to have left a will.

As the family struggled to deal with the situation they were stymied by a Costa Rican phone system which constantly failed and poor communication with local authorities and the personnel at the Canadian Embassy in the Central American country.

"I think we got three calls from the Embassy at the most," said White.

"The first week it was horrible because we kept getting a different person all the time … It was just like ‘what is happening to our son?’"

"There is just a lot to untangle right now," said White, who along with her husband, recently moved to Victoria to be closer to Jamie and her oldest son Jason and his family.

The move allowed the family to be together for the first time in five years. White recalls her husband’s pleas to cancel the idea of the move while he was still in Newfoundland selling the family home.

"But I said, ‘No. We are here for a reason," she said, heartbroken that in hindsight the reason was the magical months they spent with Jamie before his death.

"Brian said not only did he loose a son he lost his best friend because they were really, really close.

"Jamie had so many dreams. Oh my God, so many dreams. He was so excited about (the Winter Olympic Games coming in) 2010.

"He used to tell us, ‘By the time 2010 comes I will be well on my way and hopefully settled down and have kids.’

"He always told us, ‘I’m not settling down until I am 30,’ that is what he always told us. He said, ‘I am going to live life to the fullest,’ and he did.

"There was nothing like snowboarding to him. It’s all still here in his bedroom, his snowboard and his boots.

"That was the most important thing to him, Whistler and his snowboard.

He always used to tell us, ‘Mum you’d never believe the adrenaline rush of snowboarding.’"

Jamie also loved to golf and play baseball. While in Victoria this summer he joined up with a team that went on to win the championships last weekend.

"It was unbelievable," said White of championship game.

"Everybody wore Jamie’s number. I couldn’t even stay there it was just so hard.

"I really didn’t realize how many friends he had. They are calling from all over.

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