Whistler snowboarder remembered as ‘stand-up guy’

On Monday, fundraiser supporting Jesse Van Roon’s family reached nearly eight times its $3,000 goal

Jesse Van Roon, 26, died on Jan. 7 after succumbing to injuries from a 20-metre fall off a cliff on Whistler Mountain. (Photo/GoFundMe)

The family of Jesse Van Roon has experienced an outpouring of love and support.

Van Roon died on Thursday, Jan. 7, succumbing to injuries following a 20-metre plunge off a cliff at Whistler Mountain.

The next day, Van Roon’s friend Eric Arabia set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with funeral costs, a memorial and to support the Van Roon family. As of Monday, Jan. 11, 421 donors raised $23,345, far surpassing the original goal of $3,000.

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“He was my friend, always a cool and stand-up guy, whether that was at school, baseball, parties or out and about in the old neighbourhood,” wrote donor and friend Adam Nebenionquit.

Anyone with information about the Jan. 7 incident is asked to call the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.


 

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