April 30, 1943 – Jan. 25, 2011
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Jesse Sexsmith at Salmon Arm hospital January 25, 2011. Jesse fought a brave battle against brain cancer diagnosed October 2010. During his illness he was always upbeat and hopeful and was an inspiration to family and friends who came to spend time with him.
Jesse was born April 30, 1943 in Matheson, Ontario along with his twin brother Wesley. The family moved to Chilliwack in 1953 where Jesse graduated from Chilliwack Senior Secondary School in 1963 and later attended college in Vancouver. He worked for Correctional Services Canada from 1967 and retired after 30 years service. At the time he was a warden of Kent Institution. He then moved with his family to Salmon Arm, BC.
Jesse was an avid hobby farmer in Rosedale and loved his horses, haying in the summer with friends and family and working and playing with his children on the farm.
He was a devout Christian and volunteered doing numerous tasks that needed to be taken on. He loved doing the Lords work and brought the salvation message to anyone who would listen. Everyone that knew Jesse found him to be charismatic. He had a great sense of humour and you would feel “uplifted” after an encounter with him.
Jesse was a great family man and is survived by his wife, Cheryl; daughters Joelle; and Rachel Jameus; son, Jason Sexsmith; his grandchildren, Brook, Bronson, Breann Jameus; brothers, Hugh, Carsen and Wesley Sexsmith; sisters, Phyllis, Veleen and Violet. Also Mark, Chris and Trent Laughlin (who he raised.)
A celebration of Jesse’s life was held January 29, 2011 at Shuswap Community Church, Salmon Arm.
We are left with precious memories of a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Jesse was predeceased by his mother Charlotte Sexsmith; father, James Sexsmith; brothers, Eugene, Sherwood and Robert Sexsmith.