3 June, 1981 – 23 June, 2020
It is with broken hearts and deep sadness the family announce Adam’s passing in Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday, June 23 at the age of 39 years.
(Nicholas) Adam was an energetic young boy who loved riding his bike, cross country skiing, gymnastics and climbing anything he could. He grew up in a loving home with his parents, his older sister Jennifer and a dog named Johnny. After high school he received his red seal mechanics certification and loved fixing and tinkering with cars. He could be found helping a neighbour or friend with their car or stopping on the side of the road to assist someone in need. But most of all he loved his 3 children, Cayden, Chace and Melina with whom he spent many hours playing video games, swimming, skating and playing Monopoly.
Adam will be sorely missed and forever remembered by his family, especially his 3 children, Cayden (12), Chace (10) and Melina (8); his mother Tania O’Donnell (Frank); his father Ray Laniel, and his sister Jennifer (Dan); as well as, his niece Makayla and nephew Tyson, and the mother of his children Cassandra; his aunts Helen, Marie-Claire; Uncle Marc; his cousins Liz, Taras, and T.J. He also leaves behind his cat Gretel, as well as numerous extended family members and many friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the members of City of Calgary services who were truly kind and helpful at a time of need. Many thanks also to all those who have extended heartfelt condolences during this exceedingly difficult time.
For those wishing to contribute in his name, you can do so to a fund that is being set up for the 3 young children to help cover expenses for their education. You can e-mail Tania O’Donnell at: email@example.com for more information or do an electronic transfer directly to this e-mail which is set up for the children of Adam. Your donation will be acknowledged and we are happy to keep you informed as to the disbursements of these funds.
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28 January 2021
So sorry to read of your son. My deepest sympathy.
Ray, you and I worked for Telus, out of the Kingsland exchange in PBX repair, back in the early 1990s.
16 July 2020
My dear, sweet nephew Adam. I was hoping that the news of your death was greatly exaggerated but, alas, that is not the case. I was there for your first Christmas and when you were baptized. I was your godmother and you wore the christening gown I made for Jennifer when I spent many evenings after work at my sewing machine crafting a lovely Vogue pattern. I visited many times from Regina and remember you riding your bike around the neighbourhood with your buddies. And watching you grow into a young man and then a father of 3 beautiful children. Over the past year you mentioned many times how you would like to come out to BC for a visit. You never made it and how I wish you had. Your death has left a huge hole in our little family. You will be missed and you will never be forgotten. With much love from your Auntie Helen.
16 July 2020
I met Adam in 2013 while we worked for the same garage. We stayed friends until I moved back to Nova Scotia in 2018. He helped me move my things into the uhaul. He was always around to help. He was a great mechanic, a great friend and a wonderful father. I'll miss you so much buddy. Peace
7 July 2020
Adam has been my brother for 24 years - no one can compare to him. He was an amazing brother, son, uncle, friend and father.
forever missed and forever loved so much
5 July 2020
My son Adam left us on June 23. In remembering his lightness of being and his beautiful soul, I am saddened beyond words. I miss his phone calls, his voice, his warm hug and his face. His time had come, even though we were not ready. We will never be ready yet acceptance is demanded of us.
Under all circumstances, the death of a child, young or old is incredibly difficult. We will always love him as I know he loved us.
Thank you to everyone for you kind words of condolence.
4 July 2020
I love you forever my brother. You will be so missed, there are no words
2 July 2020
I remember Adam when he was going out with my daughter Cassandra. He would call her at least ever five minutes. I told him and Cassandra they would make beautiful children Cayden ,Chace and Melina. He did not disappoint me. Adam I love you and miss you so much . Love you 😘
2 July 2020
Rest In Peace
2 July 2020
Adam was the kid brother to one of my best friends Jennifer, aka Jenny, during our middle school years.
We, as young girls are, were here, there and everywhere. Once in a while Adam would pop into our little world. Upon these occasions, he could be a bit pesty, like all brothers can be at times, but he could also be very sweet and engaging. I thought he was a very cool little brother.
I loved being a part of the Laniel family at that time, that’s how they always made me feel.
I am so saddened to hear that the kid brother, the son, the man and most importantly the Father he became, has left his loved ones way too soon.
My heart goes out to all. I am so very sorry for this tragic loss. Joy
1 July 2020
Adam used to come to summer camp at Pigeon Lake when we were kids. Being a Calgarian amongst mostly Edmontonian kids, Adam rose above. We all loved him because of his wit, humour, and carefree demeanour. He fit in easily and kept us all laughing all of the time. A great guy. Even recently his name was brought up during a great story telling session. He definitely left an impact and is an unforgettable being. On behalf of all of the CYM kids in Edmonton I’d like to pass my condolences on to his family and all of his loved ones. See you again some day, Adam. God bless, my friend.
30 June 2020
Tania, my first memory of Adam is when you struggled in the door at the Calgary Community Painters meeting, with baby Adam and little Jennifer. I think it was registration night. We artists were so inspired by your dedicated determination to be an artist, even with having two little ones to care for. And look at you now, my little artiste! It was so much fun to watch Adam grow.
30 June 2020
We had lots of good times, especially in the CA days.
Hope things are brighter on the other side.
29 June 2020
I spent endless hours with Adam & Cassandra when we were in our early twenties, hanging out at home and going to concerts in Calgary. Adam was mischievous and we were constantly trying to keep ourselves out of the trouble he created, and yelling at him to stop driving so fast 💚💛❤️
29 June 2020
Adam had the most amazing laugh, I can remember it clear as day. His kind heart will be missed.