STIBBS, Jonathan. Nov. 10, 1956 – Aug. 16, 2013. Forever loved & greatly missed
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jonathan (Jay) Stibbs on August 16th 2013, from complications of multiple myeloma. Predeceased by his father in 2011, Jay will be forever loved by Brenda, his wife of 26 years, their children Dylan, Jack, Matthew, his mother Patricia, his sister Penny (Gordon), and brother Andrew (Corey), as well as many relatives and friends. Jay completed an honors degree in Economics at UVIC and then began a 33 year career with IBM where he became a respected IT retail specialist in Vancouver and Toronto. Jonathan was active in the community with the biking advocacy group SORCE, and volunteered many years as a soccer and baseball coach. In the 5 years since his cancer diagnosis, Jonathan embraced life with even more enthusiasm than he had lived it before. Already an accomplished skier and windsurfer, he took up all kinds of cycling with a passion, riding and volunteering as a mechanic with Ride2Survive, a 400 km.one-day cycling event to raise funds for cancer. As well as being a skilled bike mechanic, Jonathan was a capable carpenter and handyman, avid reader and cook. When he suffered devastating strokes in January from a trial drug for his cancer, he lost the ability to build, read or cook, but he remained the kind and good man that he always was. A loyal and devoted son, brother, husband, father and friend, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A celebration of life for Jonathan will take place at 12:30 on August 27 at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240. Speeches will begin at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ‘Team Jonathan’ at the Myeloma Stroll for a Cure on Sept. 22. Donations can be made at the celebration, or online at www.MyelomaVancouver.ca The family also wishes to thank the following people: Dr. Prentice and the nurses at Peace Arch Hospital for their professional and compassionate care, Elena Portillo for her kindness and help to Jonathan since his strokes, and lastly, all the friends and family that have helped us throughout Jonathan’s illness.