Locals are grieving after the loss of Timothy Pior, 15, a Warrenton High School freshman who died Sunday from complications related to the flu.
Hundreds gathered at Gateway Community Church on Sunday to honor Pior, who was active in athletics and theater. He is survived by his mother and father, Jonathan and Candy Pior; siblings, Elizabeth, Nicolas, Victoria, Alexandria and Josiah; and grandparents, Weldon and Dorothy Pior.
Pior participated in wrestling, football and soccer, as well as the high school’s choir department. He was well-known in local acting circles, most recently playing Tevye in the high school’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He also acted with the Peninsula Association of Performing Artists.
Matthew Kelley, a representative for the family, told KATU the family is heartbroken but heartened by the community support. No one in the family thought the illness would turn deadly, he said.
“We’d been talking the night before about making plans to go to the movies the next day or two when he was feeling better,” Kelley told KATU.
The family will hold a public service for Pior at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Warrenton High School gymnasium.
The family has created a GoFundMe page in Pior’s honor. Donations will go toward Pior’s passions, including high school athletics, the choir and local arts groups. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/timpior