‘Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.’ – Haruki Murakami
It is often easier to write about someone passing away if you don’t know them. Never met face to face, had a conversation or seen how their life has progressed. You can get the facts together and report on it. When you know the person it is much more difficult than that especially when you do not have all the facts.
It took me a while to prepare myself to write this piece as I have known Patrick LaFleur since 2017.
I’ve been trying to stay away from social media for various reasons this year. On December 17th I decided to hop on and see what was going on in the world. One of the first posts I saw was mutual friends between I and Patrick posting “RIP” on his Facebook timeline. I knew Patrick had a fight that took place recently and the first thought that popped into my head was something bad happened in the fight but it did not seem to be the case.
The Toronto Police Department had released a missing person’s bulletin on the 16th of December; he had been missing since the 12th. LaFleur was also located on the same day but that is the only description police gave via social media.
A cause of death has yet to be revealed publicly and I am unaware his family has the results but with the amount of mourning the boxing community and those that knew him well has shown we can confirm that we lost not just a warrior but a friend (despite what other websites are posting).
We extend our condolences to the LaFleur family. You are gone from our sight but not from our heart. Rest easy Patrick.