The Reef Kugies Memorial Fund has been set up in his honor to assist students who exemplify the same traits that Reef lived by following the Pyramid of Success
Reef Kugies, 9 years old, died suddenly following foot surgery on September 23, 2009 while recuperating at CHOC Hospital in Orange. Reef was born at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach on June 9, 2000. He attended Mariners School Kindergarten through 4th grade.
Reef was a joy to all who knew him. A smiling and warm-hearted boy, he was full of love for his parents, friends and family. He loved sports, especially football, and was an active participant with his friends as often as time and his family would allow. He loved to travel and loved his time at Catalina Island, Mexico and Hawaii.
Reef continually inspired others around with his enthusiasm. He made friends easily and shared his joy of living with all who knew him. Reef used former UCLA Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success as a guideline for living, sharing daily that message with those around him. Reef cared about everyone near and far, and put others feelings before his.
Reef loved his parents and brought joy to their being. He was continually thoughtful of their thoughts and needs, and tried every day to add to their happiness.
While Reef's stay on Earth was short, he will be loved and remembered forever by those who knew him. Reef loved the moon, and while our world is a little less bright with him gone, think of him often as you are gazing upon the sky. He will always be remembered and loved forever by those who knew him. His mom loved him more than anything else in the world, they were best friends. The family kindly requests in lieu of flowers that donations are made to the Reef Kugies Memorial Fund set up in his honor at the Schools First Federal Credit Union whose mission is to honor students who exemplify the same traits that Reef lived by following former UCLA Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success . These checks can be mailed directly to the Reef Kugies Memorial Fund, 1229 Rutland Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660