ForeverMissed
Tributes
Posted by Michael Blair on March 28, 2020
My heart goes out to you Robin.
Posted by B Scott on July 22, 2019
I met Lisa in about 2003 while I was a candidate on an ACMG Assistant Ski Guide Training week in Whistler. Lisa was one of two of ski instructors responsible for assessing candidates' skiing ability . While we didn't interact a ton, there is no question that Lisa really left me with an overwhelmingly positive impression-she was extremely upbeat, genuine and friendly- a positive outlook. In an industry with quite a lot of ego, she genuinely stood above the crowd.
I am shocked and saddened to hear about Lisa's passing. I understand that more than a year has gone by, but I wanted to share a little bit about how she left an strong, positive impression on yet another person.
Sincerely,
B. Scott
Posted by David Peters on December 3, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss, and send my condolences.
Posted by Kit DesLauriers on November 27, 2018
Lisa,
I just found this page and decided that for the ones you've left behind at the moment, I wanted to share some sweet memories. The moments we shared were brief but you made a mark on me as a woman who loves life, laughs easily, is humble, happy, and makes those around her happy. We met at Red Mountain, with LeAnne, and you two were so genuine that I literally road tripped from Wyoming to come climb with you that summer of 2002! We camped on the river after climbing at Squamish then drank tea in the sunlit early version of your Pemberton dream home. You reminded me to ignore the girls on the Freeskiing tour who were not friendly because life is too short to share anything other than love and skiing as hard as you can because it's what you love to do. Fast forward 14 yrs, and I was looking for a decent ski for my young daughters at our home mountain of Jackson Hole, of course my online search for shortest and fattest landed me on FOON and I bought an 'extra' pair that Johnny had made for Tyler not only because they looked beautiful but because they came from your family.
Your positivity is carried on with love, Kit
Posted by maria grant on April 29, 2018
Lisa was so special to me. I haven't stopped thinking about this since it happened. I so wished I could have been at her service to say goodbye, but for everyone that could show up, there were many others who loves her who couldn't. Lisa and I took most of our guide courses together and she was always a huge inspiration to me, both in how she conducted herself professionally as well as how she lived her life in general. I am crushed for her family. Her smile is forever etched in my memory. "Hey Babe"...thank you for everything you were Lisa. xoxoxo forever.
Posted by Anna Keeling on April 18, 2018
Jonny Foon, it’s been years & years. I remember that you married lisa. We have sons the same age. It’s a terrible thing for you to lose your life partner & mother of your son. My heart goes out to you & all your people. Take solace in Lisa’s beautiful life & gather your awesome peeps around you to remember this awesome-sounding lady who I sadly only ever met briefly. Fond memories of my time in your community. Love from Anna Keeling
Posted by Michael Blair on April 15, 2018
Robin

My sympathies on your loss. I can't imagine anything more painful than the loss of one's child.

Michael
Posted by alan chesick on April 5, 2018
The snow falls gently, falls gently down,
And the sky opens wide its gentle arms,
And the voice that was laughter and love all in one
Sings only in silence, a whispering now.
Posted by David Peters on April 4, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss and send my condolences to Lisa's family.
Posted by mike roger on April 4, 2018
Lisa and I met back in the glory days of Whistler( early 90's) when we all had that adventurous , curious , carefree spirit. That spirit never left her and her legacy will continue through memories of her and of adventures to follow. The Foons were some among our very first flower delivery clients that got on board with their wonderful Walkerville neighbours, who are all so very close. The highlight of my week was stopping at Lisas greeted by her sparkling eyes and bright smile and letting her have first pick. That sense of gratitude and leaving with a hug always made my day.Just like with flowers, we have to appreciate the beauty in people and in the environment that surrounds us. Unfortunately , the most beautiful things in life are often gone too soon. I will remember Lisa every time I deliver flowers
Posted by Courtney Albert on April 4, 2018
Lisa was one the warmest, kindest, and most hilarious people I know. There was rarely a time I wasn't wiping tears away from laughter when we got together. Now I wipe more tears away, for her family, for her friends, for her community. I miss my friend. But I am so happy you are with your Chris, Lisa, and I know you are laughing where ever you are.
Posted by Melinda Baxter on April 4, 2018
Lisa and I bonded over a summer spent at Outward Bound together in the early 90's. We worked a course together and I have wonderful pictures of her wide smiling face to always remind me of her special light. We laughed a lot that summer and she has always remained a friend since then though we never saw each other again. I'm so sorry this has happened. It's devastating! So much love to her family and community in BC. <3
Posted by Kate Felstiner Lowe on April 3, 2018
The Felstiners and the Korthals families grew up together in Toronto. We were always in awe of the energetic endurance adventures the Korthals family were embarking on. We watched from the bunny slopes while they gamely signed up for sailing trips, cross country ski marathons, alpine ski tours and extended canoe and whitewater trips... It did not surprise us when Lisa and Chris found their nests on the West Coast in the middle of those astonishing Coastal mountains. Since childhood, we have watched Lisa grow and take on ever more challenging pursuits.

We may not have had Lisa's skill or daring, but we shared her high energy and love for the outdoors. Our family have lived in the UK for 20 years now, so we have watched from afar as Lisa's long list of accomplishments has grown and her own family has sprouted and flourished. Even though we have not known Lisa well for many years - we know she was made of Spruce and Granite and Wheels and Spokes and deep Snow and that all of this was stuck together by Community and Family and Love.

Our son is going on a long whitewater trip on the mighty Moise River this summer - we will send him off and think of Lisa's life-long passion for adventure. If he's lucky - he will develop one tenth of the skill and passion that Lisa had.

We are 8000 miles away - so on April 5th we will be planting a Spruce tree here in the UK in Lisa's honour. We look forward to watching it stretch for the sky, just as Lisa always did.
Posted by Harold Hoeg on April 3, 2018
I didn’t know Lisa well other than through Facebook, but I will never forget the wonderful bluebird day (12/30/14) I spent with her heli-sking at Coast Range. She even convinced me to have Johnny make me a pair of skis - which he did! I will never ski another day on my Foons and not think of Lisa. Thoughts and prayers to Lisa's family and her extended Whistler/Pemberton family. RIP Lisa
Posted by Sarah Brown on April 3, 2018
I would like to express my condolences to the Korthals family. Both Chris and Lisa had a big impact on my life as an adventure guide and educator. I met Chris at Camp Chief Hector when I was 19 and he inspired me to attend the Adventure Guide program at Thompson River University. I later had the pleasure of taking one of my ski courses with Lisa in Whistler. Even though we only spent a week together, she was an inspiration and role model for me as a young aspiring female adventurer. We never really know the ways in which we inspire people and impact their life paths. Both Chris and Lisa had a profound impact on my life. I hope it brings your family some peace to know that your children’s adventurous spirits live on in the hearts of so many people that were inspired by them.
Posted by Brian Stoddart on April 3, 2018
Lisa,
I didn’t know you as well as others, but what I knew, was you had an unconditional way of treating people you met, with openness and curiosity and kindness. I remember when when I first met you , your smile and happiness was undenying and would brighten anyone’s day , as you would mine .I’m blessed to have been a part of your life, your presence here will never be forgotten, but forever missed !
Shine on you crazy diamond , heaven has just become brighter !

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