On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, April 4, 2012, Cameron was driving to work after school as he had done so many times before. Cameron known for living his life to its fullest tragically died in a car accident. Cameron was only 18; just two months shy of graduation with plans to attend WVU in the fall.
To look at Cameron you would see an ordinary kid, but to meet him was an entirely different story. Cameron eluded love and compassion towards others far beyond our small-town limits. Cameron, known for living life to its fullest, but more importantly for living his life OUT LOUD. He touched so many lives in his short time here on earth, and he continues to touch lives today through the good works he left behind and the legacy he left in the hearts of all who knew him.
He is remembered for his adventurous spirit, his outgoing personality, his sense of humor, his love of life, his huge bear hugs, and his contagious smile. Friends, teachers, and community leaders describe Cameron as “talented”, “gifted”, “a natural leader”, “a smile that lit up our lives”, “an outgoing, fun-loving student who stood up for others,” “he captured the spirit of all people, where their passions were…people that didn't know him directly still knew of him because he was full of life, full of zeal, enthusiasm." It has been said by those who knew Cameron, “He brought color to a gray world.” He inspired others to love God, appreciate nature, live big, dream big, embrace their fears, and to never give up.
Cameron was extremely active in school and in the community. He was Captain of the Wrestling Team, Captain of the Math MACC Academic Team, participated in Choir, Drama, Track, Young Life, and Boy Scouts where he was an accomplished Eagle Scout. In addition to attending Pulaski County High School, he also attended the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Math and Science.
Cameron loved his town and volunteered as often as he could. He grew up volunteering with the local Habitat for Humanity helping in the office, fundraising, volunteering at the Habitat Restore and with the construction of many Habitat houses. He volunteered cutting down fallen trees, and removing debris out of the roadways in 2011 when a tornado hit Pulaski. Cameron continued his volunteer efforts with Samaritan’s Purse in the days following. As a Boy Scout, he was involved in numerous service projects throughout the community and at Camp Ottari and Camp Powhatan. Wherever he could help, he was there.
Cameron loved the outdoors and its beauty. He enjoyed camping, hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, and was an avid kayaker. With his vast array of interests and activities. It is as if God took all the crayons in the world and scribbled him inside and out.
Cameron wrote; “Kindle the fire within yourself. Use its light to stay the path. No matter how hard it gets stay ever cheerful.” This is how Cameron lived his life every day.
“God put me here to find more about who He is through me.
I intend to search my soul for him…no matter how long it takes.
I will live always, whether in flesh or spirit.
I will always endeavor to live life to the fullest.”
~ Cameron Fitzwater