Latest Alberta avalanche victim remembered as generous outdoorsman

STARS air ambulance lifts off for Calgary, with a man who was caught in an avalanche near Lake...

STARS air ambulance lifts off for Calgary, with a man who was caught in an avalanche near Lake Louise, Alberta on Saturday March 15, 2014. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 AM ET

CALGARY — Clare McMillan insisted her fiance wake her to say goodbye if he was going out to the mountains early.

On Saturday, her soon-to-be husband Gregory Di Valentin did just that before heading out to ski with a small group in the backcountry.

"He woke me up and kissed me goodbye and said 'I love you,'" said McMillan.

Later that day, Di Valentin, 38, was caught in an avalanche while skiing near Hwy. 93, north of Lake Louise.

His group managed to dig him out after a panicked 15 minutes, but died in hospital Sunday.

"We just got the invitations," said McMillan of their wedding, which was to take place in London, England, on Aug. 2.

"He was just the best person that I knew.

"He was really generous and he inspired me."

Even in death, Di Valentin was generous, donating his organs, which was important to both him and McMillan — one of her friends died previously while waiting for an organ transplant.


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