PUC Mourns the Loss of Student Kevin Canavan

By Larissa Church on July 12, 2016

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It is with much sadness we announce the upcoming services for Kevin Canavan, a senior business major who died on Wednesday, July 6, while working as a summer camp employee at Camp Wawona, in Wawona, Calif. He just celebrated his 21st birthday at the end of June.

A memorial service for Kevin is currently planned for this Sabbath, July 16, at 7 p.m. at the Monterey Bay Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church is located at 783 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, Calif., 95076.

“We are still in disbelief over the sad and sudden news about losing our dear friend and student, Kevin Canavan. Kevin’s ready smile, friendly attitude, and leadership abilities made him an exceptional young man. He was such a positive influence on our campus and will forever be remembered and cherished. Kevin’s RA status at Grainger Hall placed him in the forefront of leadership, care, and concern for others at PUC and truly he lived up to these ideals. We long for the day when we will see Kevin’s great smile and wonderful personality again,” says Lisa Bissell Paulson, vice president for student services.

Kevin worked this past year as a resident assistant in Grainger Hall, and was planning to continue in that position for this coming year. He graduated from Monterey Bay Academy in 2013, and came to PUC to study aviation, though he quickly realized his interest in business. Students, faculty, and staff remember him as a leader who was friendly to everyone and passionate about serving others.

“My heart is saddened at the loss of Kevin, a kind, gentle, positive spirit with a goal of service to youth and the Adventist church. He was happy to be serving at camp again this summer, as he loved his roles as mentor and friend. I will miss our chats,” says Marcia Toledo, associate professor of business administration, who also served as Kevin’s advisor.

We ask that you continue to keep Kevin’s loved ones and Camp Wawona in your prayers.