Photo: Noelle Teal
The memorial service for a young UBCO engineering student and motor racing enthusiast who died in a motorcycle accident last weekend is scheduled for Saturday evening.
Noelle Teal, 20, was killed last Saturday when her motorcycle collided with a lorry on Westside Road. As a result, the narrow, winding road was closed for most of the day.
Although she moved to the Okanagan less than two years ago to attend UBC’s Okanagan Engineering program, Teal left an indelible mark on the people she met as well as the family and friends she leaves behind.
The mother of some of the good friends Teal has made in such a short time, Lori Fehr, says Castanet Teal moved to the Okanagan in the fall of 2021.
“Noelle rode her motorcycle from her home in Ontario to Kelowna, to participate in the UBCO engineering program. She was not only an experienced motorcyclist, she was also a racer. micro sprint cars“, Fehr said.
“The second day she was in town, she joined my children’s group. Naturally, our families absorbed her into our community. We immediately saw that she was not a typical girl.”
Fehr says Teal loved getting his hands dirty.
“Our first camping trip with her, she rode Little White in motorcycle boots! Noelle was fearless, energetic and had a magnetic personality. She was able to solve almost any mechanical problem on her truck or bike. She created a group of motorcyclists here as well.”
Fehr says Teal cared deeply about her community and her faith.
“Last summer, she flew to Kelowna from Ontario to participate in a two-week mission trip to Hidden Lakes Bible Camp near Watson Lake, Yukon. Her faith in Jesus was an important part of her life,” Fehr said.
“My husband and I, our children and our circle of friends are so sad to no longer have her with us. Our sincere condolences to Noelle’s parents, sisters, extended family, friends and racing community.”
Other friends of Teal said:
“I had the privilege of serving alongside Noelle on our trip to Watson Lake, Yukon last year. She was an amazing team player who gave every ounce she had to her teammates as well as the kids/teens at Hidden Lakes Bible Camp. Noelle was full of adventures and lived her life to the fullest…she loved…grateful to have had the opportunity to know her…rest well, Noelle,” Tanya Shiosaki said.
“When we were caving, she was always at the front of the group, eager to find and explore new tunnels,” Jakob said.
“A quick memory I have of her is at the community pool in Prince George, all the guys were doing flips from the 1m board, but Noelle went all the way up to 3m and did backflips every time” , said Shaun.
His memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday evening at Willow Park Church, 439 Hwy 33, Kelowna.
“It’s open to anyone who wishes to come and remember her with us and celebrate the unique person she
was,” says Teal’s obituary.
For those unable to attend, there is a Livestream of the memorial service which can be found here.
A cross has already been erected at the crash site on Westside Road.