Jonathan Donald Kellock

March 30, 1992 - January 5, 2021

Funeral Details: The family will be hosting a party to celebrate Jonathan at the farm later this year.

Kellock, Jonathan Donald:

On January 5, 2021, in his 29th year, we lost Jonathan, a shining star in our lives.

Like many ski racers before him, Jonathan realized how deeply he loved the sport when he stopped ski racing.  Returning to the times when he was a kid on the hill at Holimont running gates, skiing in the trees, turning just about anything into a jump and, his favourite of all, making smoke, all with his friends and family.  He found that again later in life in Whistler coaching at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, this time coaching, and following his new passion back country skiing.  Before that Jonathan had a great run competing in the sport.  He started at Holimont, followed by the Peaks, then Northwood School in Lake Placid (that’s a wonderful story on its own – thank you to all at Northwood School and the Whiteface Alpine Training Center), on to the Ontario Ski Team (again another great story.  He made so many enduring and deep friendships there.  You all know who you are.  Jonathan treasured those relationships), then to Plymouth State Ski Team where, like Northwood, Jonathan was able to combine ski racing with his education and make another great close bunch of friends.

Whenever you’re on the road, be it to Stowe, Saas Fe, Chile, New Zealand (earthquakes included), Pano, any mountain, you are a team and you need fuel.  Food is that fuel, it has to be good, and you have no cook.   That’s when Jonathan became a cook and a pretty good one at that.  His love for cooking grew, and again, became a team sport for him.  Be it with the team, his athletes on the road in BC, with his housemates at Plymouth or in Whistler and then this past year cooking for his family and friends at home and the cottage during treatment, meals became the place where time was shared.

Ski racing was his passion, but like all good athletes he also excelled at other sports. If ranked, I think we would say golf was number one, but he was also pretty accomplished behind a boat, on a YZ250, and on a mountain bike with his pals in Whistler.

How do you effectively capture a person and their life in a few or a million words?   How do you capture anyone’s feelings for Jonathan? How do you describe the love he had for his family and his friends? How do you describe the tremendous loss we all feel?  We cannot.  But the incredible outpouring of love and support upon the news of Jonathan’s passing is a hell of a good start. It is humbling, comforting and inspiring for his friends and so very much for his family, his mom Jennifer, dad Rob, sisters Jamie and Lindsay.  We have so many people to thank for the four years since his diagnosis. The incredible team at Sunnybrook Hospital led by Dr. Perry, and later the palliative care team at Southlake Hospital. His Aunt Sue and cousins Harris and Hanna for the constant support at home over the last year. He is already so missed by his grandmother Eileen and Terry, grandfather Burton and Dawn, Uncle Jerry and Marja, Aunt Alannah and Uncle Darren, cousins Brendan and Sydney, Uncle Jack and Aunt Christie and cousins Jackie, Nicky and Tommy, Aunt Julie and Uncle Paul, cousins Austin and Aaron, Uncle Derek, and, perhaps most importantly, Jonathan’s friends who provided a steady stream of comfort, support and companionship as he handled his diagnosis and prognosis the way he did with everything in his life. As one of his friends said “that man faced everything with a winning attitude, even his own mortality’.

In Lieu of flowers, please donate directly to the Odette Cancer Centre through the Sunnybrook Foundation or the Brain Tumour Research Fund at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The family will be hosting a party to celebrate Jonathan at the farm later this year.

Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition York (2-15236 Yonge Street Aurora, Ontario) and condolences may be forwarded to the family through peacefultransition.ca

 

CONDOLENCES

58 Condolences
  • Steve Burgart
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Friends,
    Jonathan was one of those rare individuals who had the ability to make those around him feel special. I am not sure what exactly it was, maybe his calm and thoughtful presence, but he had “it”. Certainly I enjoyed watching him grow up at Holimont and was grateful to continue to see him while at Plymouth State. It was always a comforting day to see him on the start list because I knew he would take the time to track me down on the hill and have a conversation. I will look forward to the celebration later in the year, he demands a proper send off.
    Steve Burgart

  • Valerie Fleck
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    What a beautiful tribute! We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Such a handsome and talented kid that had so much to offer the world. We will remember fondly his trip to our cottage for Canada Day 2017 and his absolute love of being on the water and enjoying family time. May you find comfort in the days ahead.
    Steve, Val, and Matthew

  • Flaherty Family
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Full many a flower…

    It touches us as friends and parents. Words fail.

    Whatever you need, ask.

  • Michelle Cove
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful eulogy of Jonathan’s life. I feel
    fortunate to have met him on those few occasions. He was such a positive and bright person. He will certainly be missed. My thoughts and love are with all of you. Michelle xo

  • Friedman family
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Our deepest condolences to the entire Kellock family. Johnny was a terrific young man and will be greatly missed by all. With love and sympathy, Amy, Kenny, Allie, Kyle and Luke.

  • Bob Dameron
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Rob, very sad to hear this news. Sincere condolences to you and entire family. Bob

  • Donna Gardner
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    We were all saddened by this News but what a great life Johnathan had in the short time he was with us.
    May he ski down all the mountains in Heaven and Feed all our parents❤️

  • Debbie and Reinout
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to an amazing young man. Our hearts are aching for all of you-

  • cassandra jackaman
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I am so so sorry for your families loss – I didn’t know Jonnny personally but my mom always had stories to share about what a lovely kind engaged person he was and an amazing athlete like the rest of his family ❤️ Sending you all so many healing hugs at this time and always ❤️

  • Pam and Steve Johnd
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Jenn,Rob,Lindsay and Jamie,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. As Jon’s spirit lives on with each of you so will his love.
    We send you our biggest hugs❤️❤️

  • John Firstbrook
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Rob Jennifer & family I’ve been praying since I heard of johns diagnosis. I am so very sad for all the Kellock’s on the passing of this very special young man. I remember years back in Muskoka John and his cousin hitting golf balls off the dock. You could tell then what a fantastic athlete he was. May he be Helli-skiing in heaven forever thinking of you all J

  • Christine Jonas-Simpson
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Jen, Rob, Lindsay, Jaimie and entire family,
    Our hearts go out to you.
    So so very sorry for the loss of Jonathan.
    Sending love and light,
    Love and Peace,
    Jack, Christine and boys xo

  • Kathy Priest
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I am so so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful son, brother and friend to all. My heart breaks for you and my love and thoughts are with you at this time.

  • Pamela, Mark and Ryan McAuley
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Johnnie lived a full life in a few short decades. He left behind a heart full of memories in all of you. Our deepest sympathies to you all.

  • Maralee Larsen
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Rob and Jen….I’m so deeply saddened to hear of your incredible loss. What a beautiful tribute! Jonathan was obviously an amazing and accomplished young man who touched so many lives. My heartfelt condolences to your entire family at this very difficult time. Sending hugs and prayers.
    Love Maralee

  • Marcy Fagan
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    My heart breaks for all of you. His passion, determination and guts seemed to be with him right until his final days. I feel so fortunate to have spent time with him at Northwood, even when he resisted doing his homework! Although I have so many ski pictures of Jonny, I think this one captures his spirit. Go big. Sit up front. Take chances and don’t look back. He will never be forgotten and always loved. Sending big hugs xoxo

  • Stone Family
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    For such a short life lived Jonny certainly made his mark. He was a very fine young man. We are incredibly sorry for your loss and send you much love and strength.

  • Patty Mathis
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I didn’t know Jonathan personally but looking at his pictures and hearing the love SO MANY had for him….. I am sorry I did not. What a loss of such a wonderful soul. His kindness shined through in EVERY PICTURE I see. My thoughts n prayers go out to ALL who loved this fine young man. God Speed Jonathan…. all of our paths will cross some day.

  • Patti Hanco
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I have no words that can take the heartache away. I’m so sad that my friends are facing such sadness. I only met Johnny a couple times at events supporting his sisters. His smile lit up the room.
    Life is so unfair. My deepest condolences to everyone who loved him.

  • Diane Fellows
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    We must celebrate his zest for life💕so loved so missed.

  • Cheri
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    My heart ♥️ aches for you all. I remember Jonny fondly – a great athlete and friend to his classmates. I am honoured to have taught Jonny phys. Ed. at John Wanless. Miss G xoxo

  • Folliott Family
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Your beautiful boy is not gone, he is simply in a different place. He feels the grief and love of his family and friends and his spirit will be alongside and inside us all until we meet again. As he waits, he will regale his new heavenly teammates with tales of his sporting glory, the ferocious love of his family, and the Georgian Bay legend of The Man Bear.

  • Elizabeth Kistler
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    There’s so much to be in awe of over Jonathan. There’s so much to learn from him and to take hold of the same zest for life that he lived with and apply that to our own lives. All of the things that I knew of him, and all of the things that I continue to learn about him, just make my heart melt. I love the statement that was professed by one of his dear friends, “that man faced everything with a winning attitude, even his own mortality.” -Wow! His example of love, courage and passion will forever be embraced.
    With all our love,
    Liz and Wesley

  • Marie Josee Giard
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    My deepest sympathies to the family..my thoughts are with you.
    MJ

  • Lib McMullen
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    My greatest sympathy to the Kellock family

  • Pia and Harry Popowich
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. I remember Jonathan most clearly as a very little boy. He was a sweet and gentle presence in my class at Fairlawn Preschool. A child who was quiet and kind and made friends easily. Your family was also part of our Fairlawn neighbourhood at that time. There were great ball hockey games among the kids. The net was moved from driveway to driveway in true Fairlawn neighbourhood fashion. Jonathan had a gang of little buddies on out street. There were many happy times spent with his pals and it is certainly a continuing theme as that quality of friendship obviously stayed with him as he grew into a wonderful young man.Our hearts go out to your family . There are no adequate words to offer comfort ,but you are all in our thoughts.

  • Lori Bell
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Denis and I hope the family can find some sort of peace in the midst of this devastating time! Our hearts go out to all especially Jenn, Jamey and Lindsay. ❤️

  • Richard verdon
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Rob,m’y sincère sympathies To thé family

  • Mary Stricker
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    I send my deepest condolences to the Kellock family. My family has good memories of our times at Holimont.

  • Tone Reid
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Jenn, Lindsay, Jamie and Rob……I was so sorry to hear of Jonny’s passing. To have struggled…and coped with this terrible tumor, in my mind, made him a true warrior. I can not imagine losing one’s child/brother. Please know that I’ve been thinking of you all week. Nothing can mend the hole that has been wrenched in your hearts.

  • Joanne White
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    A sad loss. The world lost a shining star. My heart goes out to the Kellock Family. Sending light and love to all.

  • Joanna Crilly
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Please accept my sincere condolences. I never met Jonathan, but reading this wonderful tribute, it seems there will always be great memories to cherish and comfort you all as time goes by.

  • Dale McMahon
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Rob, Jenn and your family, I am so sad and sorry to hear of Jonny’s passing. I can not imagine lossing a son/brother. A very sad loss. My heart goes out to all of you at this very difficult time. My deepest condolences to all the Kellock Family.

  • Carol Brown
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    Dear Jennifer, Ian and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear son Jonathan. What a remarkable young man and gifted athlete! However not surprised as there is such athletic ability throughout the Kay family! Great genes passed down from Jack Sr. Jonathan will live on through the loving memories and stories still to be told….Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending much love from the Bahamas
    Carol and Ian

  • Beth Kennedy
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    Jennifer and Sue — I’m deeply saddened by your loss. I send heartfelt condolences.

  • Christine ward
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    Dear Jen, Rob , Jamie and Lindsay,
    Wishing you all our deepest condolences as well as strength going forward. Such a beautiful tribute for a wonderful person.
    Chris, King, Kingsley,Mich,Max , Gigi

  • Sue Platz
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    Jen, Lindsay and Jamie: I’m so sorry to hear about your losing Jonathon. Such an athletic and loving family you have all been. My thoughts are with you. Hugs.

  • Jane Wright
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful and gifted young man. I only knew Jonathon in his younger years at Holimont . I knew there was something very special about him watching him as a young aspiring ski racer . He had such support and love from his parents , siblings and extended family .
    My deepest condolences go out to the Kellock family .
    With love and thoughts
    Janie Wright and family

  • Joanne Gyorgy & Bryan Gyorgy
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    We’re so very sorry to hear of the loss of Jonny. It’s extremely sad and tragic that he was taken at such a young age. Our heartfelt condolences to Rob, Jennifer, the remainder of his family and all his friends.

  • Heather Morris Lawler
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    We are heartbroken and gutted by the loss of your beautiful son. Jonathan and our son Will raced together at the Peaks. Jenn and Rob were our friends and ski buddies. There are no words to say how sorry and sad we are. Much love,
    Heather, John and Will

  • Julie Branscombe
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    What a guy! Heart of gold; calm and capable presence; wicked smile and sense of humour; courageous sprit; positive attitude; and humble and wise soul. When I asked how he was doing he said how much he loved his family and friends and how lucky he felt to be so loved… Kellocks, Gyorgys and Bundys -what you all do best : lean in to and on each other. Sending soooo much love to you all.

  • Kerensa Muller
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    Words cannot describe the loss we feel when losing a child or sibling. My heart aches for you and I hope the loving memories will carry you through this trying time. Johnny is watching and embracing you from above. God bless.

  • John Haddon
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    Dear Jennifer, Rob and your family. Words cannot express the sadness and anguish you must be feeling. On behalf of the Haddon family, our deepest condolences on your loss of Jonathan at this terribly difficult time. With much love to you all. John

  • Helen and John Scott
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    Dear Rob, Jennifer and family: We are greatly saddened
    to hear of the loss of your son Jonathan.
    We hope the wonderful memories of his many accomplishments bring you some comfort.
    Thinking of you,
    John and Helen

  • Guy Middleton
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    While I’d rather not judge a skiers’ success by winning runs but rather by becoming a successful young adult, Jonny stood high on the podium for both. Never forgotten.

  • Tamara Williamson
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    I have been reading some of these messages and it has filled me with understanding. Right at the top of these condolences when Steve Burgart said Jonny just had “it” … I thought… YES, that is exactly as I would have described it.
    I first met Jonny when he was serving us food at one of his Moms great garden parties at their lovely farm house. He was about fourteen with braces on his teeth, long blond hair and that big affecting smile and I just felt lucky to have talked to such a nice kid. As he grew older I always felt the same, every time I’d chat with him at one event or other I’d walk away feeling good. He then started working for my partner at my farm and I’d see him all the time and I always felt like he truly cared… he truly cared about one of his Mom’s friends. It filled me with warmth. He had a true ability for friendship and empathy for all those around him. Just a genuine big spirit.

    It’s sad and awful that he was taken away so young but I for one am so glad and grateful that I got to consider him a friend. Anything I can do guys.. let me know…

  • Jeffrey Burcher
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    Rob, very sad to hear this news. Sincere condolences to you and your entire family. Very Nice To read all about Jonathan, he will be missed by all. Jeffrey

  • Russell&Joan Lawrence
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    Jennifer&Rob and family,
    We are so saddened to read of Jonathon’s passing. No parent or grandparent expects to outlive their child or grandchild. Thinking of you all and sending hugs and tears.
    Joan & Russ

  • Jamie Blair
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    Dear Kellock Family

    We Blairs are sending prayers and thoughts to all of you. We remember fondly of the fun times your gang had at Governors Island. The boys out for their early morning ski in the back bay was always a highlight to watch. Jonathan was an outstanding athlete and gifted young man. He was far too young to be called above. We are so very sad for you. Godspeed Jamie Blair and Family

  • Julie Carmichael Norton
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Jenn, Rob, Lindsay and Jamie,
    Our hearts break for you all and words seem so inadequate to comfort you. Jonny will always be such an incredible inspiration to so many with his most beautiful and gentle manner. How blessed are we to have known him. We are here for you. Sending you so much love. God bless and take care. XOXO

    “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone their bright light remains forever.” Love you Jonny. ❤️

    Julie, Brent, Ivey, Jack and Carr

  • Suzanne & Barry Johnston
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    Our deepest condolences to the Kellocks, Kay’s and Ginns’s. Having met Jonny on many different family occasions he was always happy and dedicated to his passions which was family, friends and his love for his coaching and time spent in whistler.
    Our hearts ♥️ ache for your loss and send you all our love ♥️
    Suzanne & Barry

  • JOHN HOLDEN
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    My deepest sympathies to Rob, Jen, and the Kellock and extended family. You have been in my thoughts for the past week.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan again in his adult life at a dinner in late 2019 with Rob and could not have been more impressed with his maturity and character. Reading all the messages here describing who he was only enhances the very positive impression I was left with that night.

    Wishing you peace and comfort in his memory.

  • Michael Salvato
    Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Reply

    Jen and Rob, you and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you comfort and joy as you reflect on the wonderful times Jonathan, you, your family and friends have had throughout his life.

  • Mindy Blumberg
    Posted on: Saturday, January 16, 2021 Reply

    I feel happy to have known Jonny. What an amazing human. He was always up for an adventure and sharing laughs! We had some really fun times and I will always remember him for his love of all flow bike trails, skiing, BBQs, and his friendly smile. My condolences to all of his loved ones. He was always the sunshine in any room.

  • Craig Farrow
    Posted on: Sunday, January 17, 2021 Reply

    Rob,
    Sue and I extend our sincer condolences to you and your family on your heartbreaking loss. In the years that our kids spent together, we became very aware of the ‘wow’ kind of guy Jonny was.

    He never went anywhere without leaving his personal signature on whoever he touched and all of us were better for it. He truly was a remarkable person.

    Our thoughts are with you all in this terribly challenging time.

    Craig & Sue

  • hamid benaddi
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Reply

    Rob and Jenny, very very sad to hear this bad news. Sincere condolences to you and your entire family. stay strong.

  • Katie & Bill Verity
    Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Reply

    Dear Jen, Rob and the Entire Kellock Family:

    What a beautiful eulogy.

    Bill and I are so, so sorry to hear the sad news about Johnny’s passing.

    Although, we never got to know Johnny….we always heard wonderful things about him. What a remarkable young man in so many ways.

    What sticks out in my mind is hearing about how much he enjoyed Coboconk. Glad that he had the opportunity this summer to spend quality time up there with loved ones and friends. A special place for an obviously special person.

    We know you have a ton and ton of happy and wonderful memories that we hope are giving you lots of comfort in the days to come.

    We are sending love and hugs,

    Katie & Bill

  • Leslie Young
    Posted on: Sunday, January 24, 2021 Reply

    Rob, Jen, Sue & family,
    Deep condolences on this immense loss. Heartfelt wishes from an old family connection,
    Leslie Young
    (Remembering our moms Marilyn and Sydnie’s enduring friendship)

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