Michael “Micky” Geller, an 18-year-old college student and water skier, passed away earlier this month.
A Facebook post from Water Ski Canada said that Geller had “died suddenly.”
Geller, who was from Carp, Ontario, Canada, had been majoring in kinesiology, according to a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Facebook post, which also noted that the young man was on the “Ragin’ Cajuns Waterski Team.” He had been attending school on a full scholarship, according to a Facebook post from the team.
The school noted that it would fly its university flag at half staff on Thursday in honor of Geller.
His funeral was held in Ottawa, Canada, on Thursday.
“We are overwhelmed with sadness as we announce the passing of our favourite son, Micky Geller,” an obituary states. “As a member of the Junior National Waterski Team, he was proud to not only compete, but also earn medals for team Canada. Micky was ranked 6th in the world in U21 Jump and loved nothing more than flying off the ramp. He spent his younger years in gymnastics and then moved on to rock climbing and waterskiing. In his free time Micky enjoyed the company of close friends, motorcycling, snowmobiling, having deep conversations and debates and just chillin'”
“With his full throttle approach to life, Micky experienced more in his 18 years than many ever will. However, he was just cracking the surface of the possibilities that lay ahead,” the obituary continues. “There are so many people who truly loved Micky simply because he loved so generously. Our boy will be remembered for his empathy, passion, strength, fearlessness, drive, discipline and limitless potential.”
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