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DESCHENE, Jordan Henry
Jordan Henry Deschene, 30, of Colchester, beloved son of Ronald and Catherine (Ernster) Deschene of Bonita Springs, FL, and brother of Jason J. Deschene of Willimantic, CT, born on August 16, 1981, passed away unexpectedly Thursday (August 9, 2012) at the Rockville General Hospital. Jordan was a graduate of Lyman Memorial High School and recipient of "Who's Who" 1998-99. A talented and passionate artist influenced by, among others, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration and Ceramics from the University of Hartford, graduating Cum Laude. Jordan served a residency with the Art League of Farmington and was Artist in Residence at the Farmington Valley Art Center during the summer of 2011. Jordan's art work has been featured at numerous art shows in CT and he also shared his knowledge and talent for teaching at Manchester High School for one year. He was general manager, Instructor and resident artist at the Paris in Plantsville Gallery in Plantsville, CT. Jordan was dedicated to community service and served one year with City Year/ Boston/Americorps. He was also an avid reader and history buff, with a great art for conversation and good natured debate on any number of subjects as his many beloved friends and family will attest. He had a a great love of learning as well as a love of the outdoors. He was happiest, when not painting, to hike and kayak and truly enjoyed his work at Eastern Mountain Sports where he was able to share his passion with others. In addition to his parents and brother, he is survived by nephews, Ethan, Jason and Evan Deschene; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles in and many very close friends from the University of Hartford, Paris in Plantsville Gallery co-workers at Eastern Mountain Sports and childhood friends from Andover, CT where he grew up and loved his life on Andover Lake.
Friends may call starting at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester before a Vigil Service at 5:30 p.m. A Celebration of his Life and Work will follow at the Country Place Community Center in Colchester. As Jordan's final act of kindness to the world, he was able to give life through organ donation. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made in his name to art programs for youth. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 12, 2012
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