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Born: Mar 17, 1998

Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2021

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March 17, 1998 - February 7, 2021

A beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, coach, teammate, and friend. Emily left this earth too early, at the age of 22. Emily loved so many and was loved by so many more. She had a contagious smile that could light up your soul. Emily was born in North Vancouver, BC on March 17, 1998. With beautiful dark hair and piercing green eyes, she captivated everyone's heart right from the beginning.
She was her brother's shadow, in the best possible way. Whether it was hockey, football, or soccer, if Brennan played, Emily was never far behind. She excelled in sports from a very young age. Emily loved to play tennis with her grandparents on winter trips to Florida. She was her grandpas secret weapon on the court, and she was always up for ice cream on "grandma days". She was everyone's favourite opponent and an even better teammate to have by your side.
Hockey soon became Emily's passion. In her senior year of high school Emily was captain of the Balmoral Hall Blazers where she was a dominate player and an inspirational leader. After high school, with the support of her parents and coaches, Emily played division one hockey for St. Lawrence University. Her dad, Jay, was always by her side to support her. Emily's love for hockey even inspired her mom, Kim to learn more about the game. Even though an offside call still causes a lot of confusion, Kim would never miss an opportunity to cheer her girl on.
In her third year of university, Emily moved closer to home and was an academic all-Canadian while playing for the University of Regina Cougars. The summer before she started school in Regina, Emily got River - her "little man" and her protector. Out of all of the people Emily loved, River was her number one and she was his. We are forever grateful for River and the joy he brought into Emily's life during their time together.
The kindness and compassion that Emily showed to others will forever be admired as an example of how to treat others. The lives that she touched will be changed forever, as we now continue to navigate in a world that has lost someone so special. Emily was so much more than just an athlete. She was an artist and a musician, she loved carpentry and travelling, animals and being silly.
Emily is survived by her loving parents, Kim and Jay; her big brother Brennan (Jessica); grandparents, Jim and Karren; aunts, Stephanie (Chris), Cathy (Jeff); uncles, Todd (Rachel), Ron (Colleen), Dan; and numerous adoring cousins. Emily is predeceased by her nan Ann, who passed away last March. We find comfort in the fact the nan was there to welcome Emily with open arms.

The loss is immeasurable but
so is the love left behind.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Dear Jay, Kim, and Brennan, we are so very sad to hear of the passing of Emily, she was a such a vibrant and sweet person. We want to express our condolences and let you know are thought are with you, Bev, Mark, Fergus and Claire - Posted by: Mark, Bev. Fergus, and Claire Stratton/Ross (Friends) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • I was heartbroken to hear of this news. Emily was such a beautiful little girl, both inside and out. I remember watching her play hockey...she had so much talent and spunk. I remember her in my class as a charming, mature and sensitive child with tremendous character, confidence and courage. She was truly a gift to this world. I am so deeply sorry for your unimaginable loss. - Posted by: Charlotte Jackson (grade 2 teacher) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • Although I didn't know Emily, I did hear about her wonderful hockey career from her grandma, Karren. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. My sincere sympathy to Karren, Jim and the Middagh family. Ruth Dyker - Posted by: ruth dyker (tennis friend of her grandma) on: Feb 23, 2021

  • I met Emily only a year and a half ago and she soon become my best friend. I looked up to her, she was like a big sister. Emily had such an amazing smile with such beautiful dimples. Emily always lit up the room no matter how she was feeling. I will forever cherish my times with Em especially all of our ice cream runs (she absolutely loved ice cream). I’m so sorry for your loss Kim, Jay and Brennan. - Posted by: Chelsea Dinnin (Friend of Emily ) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Although I did not know Emily that well, I feel like I did through the stories from proud grandparents Karen & Jim. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through. My sympathy to all. Cherish the memories and know that she will be greatly missed by many. - Posted by: Cindy & David Bestland (Friends of Karen & Jim) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Will forever be so blessed to have gotten to know my beautiful cousin Emily during my time in Winnipeg. Thank you Jay & Kim for inviting me to your home and allowing me to spend those precious moments with you all, including Emily & River! So much love to the Middagh crew forever & always. - Posted by: Ally Freedman (Cousin) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • I am here Jay and family, if you need anything. - Posted by: Dennis (Teammate at work ) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • Emily was always a shining star on the ice and a treasured teammate of Braden’s (Howie) during their year together with the Canadians. Her smile will forever be etched in our minds and our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Howard Family - Posted by: Moonyeen Howard (Hockey Mom) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Kim & Jay; My sincere condolences to your entire family on the passing of your precious daughter Emily/ Although I do not know you personally, I work with Cathy and she always has spoken so highly of your daughter Emily and has embraced the times they were together. May all your wonderful memories carry on forever. Sincerely, Cindy - Posted by: Cindy McCuaig (Friend of Kim's sister) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • We will miss our sweet, great niece Emily. Always fun to be with and such an amazing sports woman. We loved watching you play hockey and enjoyed you playing golf with the family at the Moran Family golf event. Things won't be the same without you. RIP sweetheart. Love you always. Reid & Heather - Posted by: Reid & Heather Hartry (great aunte and uncle) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • I really didn't know Emily very well, but by their own accounts, she was incredibly kind to my grandsons, and anyone that does right by them garners my full admiration; they are full of sorrow and unanswerable questions, right now. For myself, it would be have been hard enough just hearing about this far-too-soon loss of someone so vital and obviously cherished, but to have actually known her makes it all the more vividly tragic. As a father and grandfather, I can't even begin to imagine how her family and close friends must feel; losing a child is utterly beyond comprehending. - Posted by: Brian James (Acquaintance ) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • I had the privilege of helping coach Emily in football a number of years ago. A talented athlete, I found Emily to have a beautiful gentle spirit about her. A fiercely competative player who possessed kindness and respect for others both on and off the field of play. I am so saddened to learn of her passing and my deepest condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: brian mcwhirter (Former Coach) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Jim and Karen - I am so sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. I haven’t seen you in a few years - but I was shocked to read about your devastating loss. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you two, Todd,and your family. Ione. - Posted by: Ione Christopherson (Hockey friend ) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of your incredible loss of your daughter. She was an amazing soul and so well-loved. Prayers and Blessings to you, Kim and Jay, and to Brennan, as you grieve and travel this life journey with her in your memories! I am sure you have an angel watching over you. - Posted by: Catriona Younger (Friend/Toastmaster) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Dear Kim, Jay, Brennan and family I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear daughter. I never met Emily but I heard she was an amazing young woman. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Cindy - Posted by: Cindy Tobin (friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

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