A funeral is being held for two-and-a-half year old Riddick Servio in the morning, to be followed by a candlelight vigil tonight at 6:30 p.m. PT at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge.
Servio died of his injuries in hospital after he was struck on a crosswalk by a turning vehicle. He had been walking with his mother hand-in-hand at Meadowtown Centre as they made their way to a Tim Horton's to get Riddick a drink.
The woman driving the van stayed at the scene.
The Servio family has asked for privacy; however, the boy's grandfather, Jeff Bloom, wrote a touching public letter on behalf of the family.
"The little boy who was killed in the parking lot on Friday is my grandson. I say 'is' because to myself and the rest of the family he will always 'be'," Bloom wrote.
"He was vibrant, intelligent, teasing, loving, and everything you could ever want in a son and grandson."
In the letter, Bloom also thanks emergency personnel and says his daughter, whose leg was broken in the incident, wants to thank the Tim Horton's manager for performing CPR on her son, the woman who stopped and held her until the ambulance came, and the team of men who lifted the van off her son.
"If she saw you, she remembers you vividly. She needs you to know that. She will never forget you," Bloom wrote.
Bloom says his daughter's surgery for her broken leg was postponed until after Tuesday's burial service.
Read Jeff Bloom's full letter online.