VICTORIA – The Canadian, Vancouver Island and University of Victoria communities lost a well-known icon, Simon Ibell, on May 25. Ibell passed away at the age of 39 after he was diagnosed at a young age with a rare medical condition known as Hunter syndrome.
A Celebration of Life ceremony for Ibell is being held locally at St. Michael’s University School (SMUS) on Jun. 28. Ibell attended SMUS from 1990-96 and was a lover of sport. Former Vike and SMUS teacher Ian Hyde-Lay linked Ibell up with then Grade 12 basketball stars Steve Nash and Milan Uzelac and Ibell became the basketball program’s team manager.
As an undergraduate at UVic, Ibell (BA, ’02) was also a dedicated manager to the Vikes men’s basketball program alongside head coach, the late Guy Vetrie. Ibell was front and centre when the Vikes hoisted the program’s eighth and most recent Canadian University National banner in 1997.
Ibell went on to manage Canada Basketball programs under coach Jay Triano and championed several fundraising efforts, spreading awareness in multiple capacities for people with rare diseases.
Ibell’s story and passionate efforts in life have been recognized at so many levels. The celebration will be held on Jun. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the SMUS Chapel at 3400 Richmond Road in Victoria. A reception will follow in the single gym. The celebration is open to everyone.