August 14, 1997 – September 19, 2019
Jacob left this world suddenly and, needless to say, has left a big hole in the hearts of all the people he has touched over the span of his short life. He was a kind and caring soul who loved politics, school and writing about every sport imaginable. His passion for journalism found him writing for The Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, The Northern Starting XI website. He also freelanced for the Grand Forks Gazette, covering the GFI (Grand Forks International) baseball tournament both in writing and video feeds, and has been published in many other places too.
He spent five years as a member of the British Columbia Youth Parliament, was an active member of the UVIC NDP group and was so humble about his accomplishments that there are many that we are only learning about since his passing. His kindness and caring, his quirky sense of humour and his incredible helpfulness to others will be sadly missed by all, but never forgotten.
He wrote a litte piece on April 2nd of this year:
“Today is World Autism Awareness day and it’s been nearly a year since I was diagnosed as being on the spectrum. It was something that I found really difficult to accept at first, mostly because I was afraid of being seen as ‘different’, ‘weird’, or ‘abnormal’. Over the course of this last year, however, I’ve come to realize that there’s nothing wrong with being a bit different and that it makes me the person that I am.
“Without trying to sound boastful, I am proud of who I am. I’ve realized that I’m a unique individual and that it isn’t something to be ashamed of. Sometimes I do things differently, but a lot of opportunities that I’ve had throughout my life have come because I do things differently, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
“I thought that World Autism Awareness Day would be a good opportunity for me to tell my story and help raise awareness. It’s not from any vaccines, but just a part of who I genetically am. There’s a lot of stigma around autism, unfortunately, and I hope my story can help inform more people about what it’s really like (to live with autism) and make the world a more accepting place.”
Jacob was predeceased by his Baba “meow” who he loved dearly and has left behind his Mom Tracy, Dad Mike and partner Bonnie, half-sister Andrea, grandparents Herb and Shirley and Phil and Rita, as well as many other loving members of his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honour on October 5th, 2019, at 11 am at the Gospel Chapel in Grand Forks. His family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Canucks Autism Network.
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