JONATHAN MARK DAVID JENKINS August 6, 1963 - April 28, 2014 Family man, Winnipeg Jets fan and journalist Jonathan Jenkins died after a brutal home invasion - cancer crept in and robbed him of his life in his 50th year. Jon is forever loved and deeply missed by his wife, Nancy Westaway, his son Dexter, 9, and daughter Maizey, 6, his mother Joan, sister Lesley (Astrid), brother Sandy (Jacqueline), brother Evan (Dianne) and sister-in-law Tammy (John). He was a loving uncle to David and Adriana of Calgary, Maxwell and Jack of Edmonton and Jessica and Ben of Winnipeg. Jon was predeceased by his father Dave. Jon was born in Edmonton and grew up in Winnipeg where he began his lifelong passion for rugby and joined the Winnipeg Wasps family. Jon attended Kelvin High School, the University of Manitoba (BA) and Red River Community College (Creative Communications). Jon was an insatiable learner. Four newspapers arrived at his door every morning and he read them all by 8 a.m. His interest in current events served him well during his time as a reporter for the Winnipeg Sun, the Edmonton Sun and the Toronto Sun. He covered the police beat for many years and also courts, but his favourite was Queen's Park, the Ontario Legislature. Most recently he was the Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star's QP Briefing. Jon was a fearless optimist who saw the best in everyone and brought people together from all walks of life. He loved playing music and, in addition to being a great drummer, was teaching himself guitar. JJ founded Newzapalooza, a media battle of the bands, that brought together Toronto journalists for a fun night that raised money for the Children's Aid Foundation. Jon's family would like to thank the medical professionals at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital and the palliative care team that helped him through his final days at home. We are also grateful for the incredible support of our friends, family, neighbours and Ruck Cancer donors. A memorial service for Jon will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 404 Willard Avenue. At 8 p.m. there will be a celebration of Jon's life at the High Park Curling and Tennis Club, 100 Indian Road. In lieu of flowers, people may wish to donate to a trust fund for Maizey and Dexter via PayPal using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org "For when the One Great Scorer comes To mark against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - But how you played the Game." ("Alumnus Football" Grantland Rice)
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Published in the Toronto Star from May 2 to May 3, 2014