21-year-old Steven Saltzberry died in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash but that isn’t how family, friends and community remember this young man.
A native of the La Salette area Saltzberry was born in Simcoe and attended Otterville Public School. He graduated as an Ontario scholar from Delhi District Secondary School in 2009.
Saltzberry had also recently graduated with a certificate in civil engineering from Niagara College and was a champion swimmer who competed for the Tillsonburg Aquatic Torpedoes and the South Western Aquatics Swim Team.
Noted in the Brantford Expositor – some of his accomplishments included winning the silver medal in the 100-metre breast stroke at the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association (OFSSA) competition in 2008. He was also the Ontario men’s senior lifeguard champion, a distinction he earned at a competition in 2009.
Over 15 years of competition, Saltzberry qualified for numerous provincial and national competitions for elite swimmers. In 2009, he won gold medals in the 100m and 200m breast stroke at the Canadian East Coast championships in Halifax.
“You could not wish for a better child,” his mother Kelly Saltzberry said Tuesday. “We want people to know there were no drugs or alcohol involved. We just got robbed of a great kid and a great citizen. It’s the true definition of a tragedy. He was such a smart and talented boy. The only thing he did wrong was take the wrong road at the wrong time.”
The Murphy Funeral Home in Delhi is handled arrangements. and Boot Hill Hearse was honoured to give Steven his final ride.