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Courtenay man injured in softball game has died

A Courtenay man has died after being hit on the head by a softball during a charity ball tournament on Aug. 19.

A posting on the GoFundMe for Chris Godfrey, 32, about 4 p.m. Wednesday stated that he “passed peacefully this afternoon with his loving and devoted wife Amanda by his side at Victoria General Hospital. Chris was a devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend to so many, and he is going to be greatly missed by all whose path he crossed.”

Godfrey was the father of a one-year-old daughter, Faith.

He was playing at Lewis Park when he sustained a critical injury during a play at first base. He was running to first when the throw was made, hitting the back of his head. He was flown to Victoria General Hospital for brain surgery and had been on life support ever since.

He was not wearing a helmet, not uncommon in recreational slow-pitch softball leagues, but Victoria-area slow-pitch leagues could be making helmets mandatory in the wake of the incident.

Comox Valley Slopitch League president Adrienne Elliott has since decided to make helmets mandatory for all teams.