March 16, 1960 – September 6, 2022
Jay passed away peacefully at Chilliwack General Hospital on September 6th, 2022.
Jay was born in Chilliwack and at the age of two, was diagnosed with a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He was never able to walk and as he aged, he gradually lost the use of most muscles in his body and eventually became a quadriplegic. He did not let this stop him from enjoying a fun and productive life as he pursued his many interests. Jay never complained about his limitations or the pain he was in, instead he focused on what he COULD do and went after his many interests and hobbies with a passion. In later years he drove his wheelchair with a “sip and puff” which was controlled by his mouth.
Jay lived in the family home with his mom and dad (Dot and Harold Pearson) for 50 years, until they were unable to care for him themselves. He then made a move to the Waverly Seniors Village, but always looked forward to his weekly overnight respite at the condo he and his sister Jill had bought for that purpose. When his sister retired, they were able to set up round the clock care in his home through a Fraser Health program, and he was very happy there for the past 4 years.
Jay was an avid sports fan, had an ear for music that was unparalleled, was a formidable scrabble player, a skilled writer, and was up to date on all the technical devices which would help him control his computer and home by voice activation. In later years he became a self-taught stock analyst and managed portfolios successfully for his sister and others.
I would like to thank all the care aides who helped Jay both in his home and at The Waverly. Special thanks to Neil and Sarah who were live in care aides for over 2 years in his home. Also huge thanks to Vicky and Bob Mathieu who were there constantly as fabulous friends and to help with endless tasks.
Jay left a meaningful footprint on the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he left us all a little bit better for the example he was.
Jay is survived by his sister, Jill, who’s life will never be the same. Also, by his countless friends, two of which are like brothers, Jim Moul and Chris Brown.
Jay has requested no service.
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