Seaholm Memorial for Collin Trask Honored Life of Cancer Patient

Seaholm psychology teacher and Collin's homebound teacher Rochelle Rogers speaks about her time in Trask's life during the Seaholm memorial for the student.  PHOTO / CAROLINE SQUATRITO
Seaholm psychology teacher and Collin’s homebound teacher Rochelle Rogers speaks about her time in Trask’s life during the Seaholm memorial for the student. PHOTO / CAROLINE SQUATRITO

As the music came to an end and the bright lights came up, you could see there was not a
dry eye left in the crowd.

The seaholm student body came together to attend Collin Trask’s memorial service
Tuesday, March 19. Those who attended witnessed music and speeches dedicated to celebrating Collin’s short but impactful life.

“Its inspirational of Seaholm students to give up their time and all come together on one night for a boy most of them didn’t know and just knew in passing,” Seaholm Junior Amanda Mazzoli said.

Posters sat on the stage filled with pictures of Collin around his peers in his most memorable moments.

A slide show played on loop displaying these pictures on the big screen for all in the audience to see.

The night opened with the Seaholm band who played Gentle River in honor of Collin.

“The song was meant to be a musical parallel to Collin’s life, showing the beauty and strength that he had and shared throughout the entire community,” said Seaholm senior Julie Fynke.

Throughout the memorial, many other Seaholm students performed to pay tribute to Collin’s life including senior Eric Smith. Smith played a heartfelt piano piece, “I Shall Not Walk Alone” by Ben Harper.

“I chose the song because I sang that at the Seaholm Night Live back in December in honor of Collin,” Smith said.

Another Seaholm senior Emily Potter was also part of Tuesday night’s itinerary. Potter spoke of Collin’s difficult battle with cancer and how he did his best to make the most of his lifetime.

“Collin was around for a lot longer than all of the updates said he would be, and that’s because he wasn’t finished here,” Potter said.

Through other speeches, Collin’s teachers, counselors and friends informed the crowd of the details and ambitions behind Collin’s inspiring drive to live his life to the fullest and help others all while battling cancer.

Seaholm senior Eric Smith performs a song in honor of Collin Trask during the Seaholm memorial.  PHOTO / CAROLINE SQUATRITO
Seaholm senior Eric Smith performs a song in honor of Collin Trask during the Seaholm memorial. PHOTO / CAROLINE SQUATRITO

Collin’s dear friend junior Ari Walters plans to plant a tree in the Seaholm courtyard in memory of Collin.

“The tree will represent the roots that he’s planted in all of our hearts and branches that reach out to others,” Walters said.

The tree will be planted in the courtyard this spring to commemorate the impact Collin has made on all of our lives.

Walters is also starting an organization called “Collin’s Castle” for anyone looking to spend time with and bring joy to patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

“I asked Collin what made a difference for him during his illness,” Walters said. “He said that
people coming to see him and spending time with him really helped.”

To close the night, Collin’s father, Dr. John Trask, gave a bittersweet speech on his son’s passing and the impact that he had on so many of us.

“You must not measure the value of Collin’s life by the length of his years. You must measure it by the number of people he has touched and the love that he has created through his suffering,” Dr. Trask said.

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