Kenneth McAlpine believed in living every day to the fullest, and his mother Kathy said he was doing exactly that on the day he died.
“Of course, we’re incredibly heartbroken and sad, but he was living his life, and we totally supported that,” she said.
McAlpine’s body was found Aug. 27 after he was reported missing the previous day, what would have been his 28th birthday, after a hike at Mount Gimli, near Slocan, B.C.
Mike Hudson of South Columbia Search and Rescue said McAlpine was scaling a Level 4 traverse when he likely lost his footing and fell about 825 feet down the side of the mountain.
His friends called RCMP after he didn’t return when scheduled.
McAlpine was on Season 5 of The Amazing Race Canada, where he was a part of Team Give’r with his friend Ryan Lachapelle. The pair believed in living every day to the fullest. They finished second on the event and used their celebrity to help raise money for local causes.
McAlpine grew up in Collingwood, Ont., where he was a well-known chef working at Azzura Restaurant and other eaters. More recently, he had been living in Rossland, B.C., where he worked as a chef at a local hotel for several years, his Facebook profile shows. Kathy said he was also one of the youngest elders at the Presbyterian Church.
“He was a young man with a very strong commitment to his family, friends (and) faith community,” she said.
He had two brothers and a niece, whom Kathy said he adored. He wasn’t married because, as his father Mac said, “nobody was that lucky.”
Kathy said the response from his friends was that Kenneth was a person who was “caring,” and “inspiring.”
Many friends shared messages and memories on social media. The Amazing Race Canada also remembered Kenneth on its Facebook page, saying his “infectious personality left a lasting impression not only on us, but with viewers across the country.”
Kathy said her son was “cautious, but also adventurous,” and takes solace in the fact he was doing what he loved to do.
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