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Keast, Jillian

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Jillian Keast, 25, of Sudbury, on Friday, September 1, 2017. Jillian, or Jill, as she often preferred, was born and raised in Sudbury. She attended Marymount Academy and Lockerby Composite High School, and was working on her BSc in Psychology at Laurentian University. Since early childhood, she had spunk and never backed away from learning new skills such as downhill skiing at a little over 2 years of age and water skiing at 5. Her fearlessness allowed her to challenge treacherous slopes at incredible speeds for the two years she was a member of the Ontario Development Ski Team based in Collingwood. Jillian was passionate and brought this to most of her endeavors. Never was this more evident, than when one looked at her relationship with her daughter, Roxanna Morris, now 8 years of age. Roxanna was the love of Jillian’s life and her true driving force. In everything she did, Jill was thinking of Roxanna and the long and happy life they would have together. Besides Roxanna, Jillian leaves behind her father, John Keast, her mother, Lesley Mitchell and her brother, Andrew Keast. She will also be missed by aunts and uncles, Ann and Alex Crane of Leamington and Joy and Stan Pokrywa of Lavant, as well as cousins Jason and Justin Crane, Tabitha, Jeffery and Becky Keast, Lucas and Mathew (Chewy) Pokrywa, Mitchell Marshall and Samantha De-Abreu, and their families. Also important in Jill’s life were those who passed away before her, some of whom she knew well, but all making an impact on her. These include her grandparents, Peggy and John Keast, Maureen and Harold Mitchell, as well as uncles Michael and Jim Keast. There will be a Celebration of Jillian’s Life at St Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch St., Sudbury on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 1 p.m. to be followed by a gathering in the Activity Hall. In lieu of flowers, you may think of Jillian’s favourite charities, The Alzheimer’s Society of Sudbury and the SPCA or a charity of your choice.

9 Condolences

  1. It was nice seeing your family today albeit missing one; wish could meet under better circumstances in the meantime my sincere condolences for your loss – way too young. All the Best

    Gary Lalande

    Posted by:Gary Lalande
    September 30, 2017
  2. Deepest condolences to the family.

    Posted by:Janet fenton
    September 17, 2017
  3. Uncle John, Aunt Leslie Andrew and precious little Roxanne. My heart broke when I heard the news of this tragedy. There are no words that can be said that would help in your grieving. I just pray in time you hearts will find peace. The only thing I can say positive out of this horrible tragedy is that she had some pretty amazing people greeting her at heavens gate. Rest in sweet peace Jill. Love you Cuz!

    Posted by:Tabitha Keast
    September 16, 2017
  4. John, Lesley, Andrew and Roxanna

    When we heard about the accident we were in total disbelief, shock was an understatement. Jillian was a fixture at camp and she will be missed by everyone in the bay. Words fail me at this time, nothing I say will offer any help in trying to understand this tragic time in your life. Please know that you are all in my prayers and our hearts go out to you all. Jillian will always be remembered.
    Linda and Bob Smart

    Posted by:Linda Smart
    September 15, 2017
  5. Dear Lesley and family

    We were at the cottage visiting Joan and the Mitchell clan when they told us about Jillian’s accident.
    We are so sorry for your loss and can not imagine the pain you must be feeling. I hope that when you look into Roxanna’s eyes you will see Jillian smiling back at you and take some comfort in having your grand daughter to love.
    With sympathy Ellen and Lloyd

    Posted by:Ellen Daines Greenough & Lloyd Greenough
    September 15, 2017
  6. On behalf of my brother’s Ken and Andrew, we extend our condolences to the Keast family on their loss. You are in our prayers.

    Posted by:Christopher Parr
    September 15, 2017
  7. Dear John and Leslie ,
    Diane and I simply wish to express our most sincere condolences to you at this most difficult and tragic time of immeasurable loss . God bless you all .

    Posted by:Ralph Carr
    September 15, 2017
  8. John and Lesley,

    We are the parents of three daughters, all of a similar age to Jillian. We cannot, indeed, no one can, fathom your immeasurable loss. We can only hope to hug ours harder and longer, and that your memories and granddaughter can bring you some continuing peace. God Bless.

    Posted by:Name*
    September 14, 2017
  9. Words are inadequate to express how we feel about your loss. Our hearts go out to you in this most difficult time.
    Greg and Wendi

    Posted by:Greg and Wendi Pockele
    September 14, 2017

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