Friends and family are mourning the loss of a young man described as having a twinkle in his eye and a desire to help others.
Two visitations are planned for 27-year-old Nathan Deslippe on Wednesday, followed by a funeral service on Thursday.
His family released a touching statement Tuesday, expressing their sorrow.
“Nathan Deslippe was a beautiful kind caring soul who wanted only to help and motivate people. He inspired so many with his mentoring, guidance, encouragement, support and personal example. His death is a tragedy. We are so sad to have lost a young man who had so much potential and meant a lot to so many people. The posts to his Facebook page are overwhelming in describing the son that we love so much. Nathan loved his family, his dog Gyzmo and his many friends. He excelled at his work at Voices.com, MLD Solutions Inc., Yoga Shack, and his leadership businesses. He achieved so much in his short time including his yoga certification, John Maxwell certification and more. Nathan Deslippe is a bright light that has been dimmed but will always be remembered.”
London Police have identified Deslippe as the person whose body was found in an apartment at 323 Colborne St. on Sunday morning.
Officers have charged 27-year-old William Joles with second degree murder in his death.
Since Deslippe’s death, tributes have been pouring in for the outgoing and community-minded man.
“He had this thing in his eye that would sparkle, and you could see it from across the room,” said Chris Moss, a friend of Deslippe.
“On Friday, I was walking to the Covent Garden Market and I could see him, and he was sparkling. I went up, and he of course ran over and gave me a great big hug, and it was this energy in him that was nothing but kindness and happiness and his face just lit up any time he saw you . He just loved people, and that was my experience with him.”
Deslippe’s family has announced visitations will take place at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1997 Dundas Street East, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica, 196 Dufferin Ave, at 10 a.m.
The investigation into Deslippe’s death is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.