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Jackson Smith

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April 26, 1998 - May 4, 2024

Peacefully and with his loving family by his side, it is with a shattered heart and deepest sadness, I share the untimely and unfair passing of my most treasured gift in life, my precious son, Jackson. ❤️


Jackson will be forever missed by his loving mom, Kelly, grandparents Nellie & Bob, Uncle Brent & Aunty Sandy, Aunty Goog & Uncle Marshall, Aunty Patti & Cindy. Jackson will be lovingly remembered and tremendously missed by cousins Shane (Courtney & kids, Royce & Audrey), Mitchell, Janelle, Angela and Ashley, special aunties, Ginger & Natalie, and my closest friend for many years, Jackson’s Godmother, Debbie. ❤️

In his early years, as a wee boy, Jackson had many sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa’s, forming a bond that his cousins are a little jealous of. It was here that he drove his first toy quad and then the real thing when older. He loved grandpa’s toys! It was here, too, where he took his first steps with Grandpa! Grandma enjoyed many special moments with Jackson baking cookies and reading bedtime stories. Thank you mom and dad for these special moments that I know you will treasure in your hearts forever. ❤️

In Jackson’s younger years, we would head out to the country to Uncle Brent and Aunty Sandy’s pool. We would spend every weekend going out as early as possible on Friday, and staying as late as possible on Sunday. Jackson and his cousins shared many fun times in the pool and playing video games. A special bond was formed with his cousins Shane and Mitch during these times. ❤️

Jackson spent his high school years within the Pembina Trails School Division. He graduated in 2016 from Vincent Massey Collegiate. Jackson had a free-spirit and love of adventure. So to celebrate graduation, he organized a road trip and he and his friends packed up and went West to the Pemberton Music Festival in B.C. ❤️

Jackson loved skate-boarding, snowboarding, shooting hoops with his buddies and had a wide music repertoire. Jackson was also a car enthusiast. He loved his Mazda’s, showing them off at car rallies & ripping around town with his buddies. Jackson also loved collecting things, especially speeding tickets! Boys and their toys! ❤️

Jackson worked many jobs, starting really young delivering flyers in our neighbourhood. He worked part time jobs throughout high school starting with Tony Roma’s, Moxie’s and then at Mondo Foods. He developed a passion for cooking and soon took over my kitchen. Jackson, I will miss your culinary creations. ❤️

Jackson’s 6-year career with SGS Canada Inc. was a big part of his life. He excelled at being a grain grader and would always share stories about antics with his work partner, Sabrina. Jackson quickly moved up in the company and had a bright future with SGS. Jackson travelled within Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario with his job and was soon to be working internationally. Jackson loved his work mom, Sharon and his mentor, Frank. You both made Jackson feel like a rockstar! The stories you have shared about Jackson will forever be in my heart. A special thank you to you both and everyone at SGS for your guidance & friendships throughout his career. ❤️

Known for his kind heart, infectious smile and caring personality, Jackson enriched the lives of many of his friends. He had a unique way of making those around him feel special and always put others ahead of himself. They enjoyed life, laughter and love and each friendship was special in its own unique way. A personal and heartfelt thank you to Jackson’s closest and lifelong friend, Ben. The support and friendship you have given me during this time is unwavering and will never be forgotten. Thank you to all of Jackson’s friends for sharing your stories, music and memories. I love you all. ❤️

Jackson is now with his special 4-legged pals, Oreo & Cinnamon. He is in Heaven working on sports cars and racing around with Uncle Mick, cloud-hopping on his bike, collecting coins with Uncle Bob & is wrapped in the loving arms of his great-grand parents, Vivian and Fred. ❤️

A special thank you to Dr. Peter Wtorek and staff at the Grace Hospital. We are forever grateful for your care and compassion. Thank you, as well, to Ethical Death Care for their care and compassion. 

My boy, you are my life ... my light. ❤️

Love U Forever, Mom ... ❤️❤️❤️

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made in Jackson’s memory to the Wilderness Committee by clicking here. Cheques can be mailed to: 

Wilderness Committee

Wilderness Committee, National Office 

46 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5T 1J4

E-cards can be sent to:


As I sit in Heaven, and watch you everyday,

I try and let you know with signs I never went away. 

I hear you when you’re laughing, I watch you as you sleep,

I even place my arms around you, to calm you as you weep.

I see you wish the days away, begging to have me home,

So I try to send you signs, so you know you’re not alone.

Don’t feel guilty that you have life, life that was denied to me;

Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see.

So, live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free.

Then I’ll know with each breath you take, 

You’ll be taking one for me.

Jackson’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own memories and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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Myla Meyer

July 19, 2024 at 4:50 AM

Dear Kelly myself, Travis and Rya are so deeply sorry for your loss. We know how much you loved your Jackson and we pray for grace and insurmountable strength for you . ❤️🙏

Darcy & Darlene

July 17, 2024 at 9:52 PM

We are so sorry for your loss... a precious life taken way too soon. Sending you all strength and prayers xoxo

Tim Senkow

July 17, 2024 at 9:17 PM

My deepest condolences for your loss Kelly, there is not a time when we would meet up that you did not share a proud moment about Jaskson he was your world without a doubt. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

Dale Podaima

July 17, 2024 at 6:46 PM

Even though I never met you, Jackson, I see through the pictures, the comments, friends you made, your work ethic, and all the positive aspects of your life… You were taken from this earth way too soon. I do know, though, there are many many angels up in heaven, that will show you the ropes and take care of you. Your spirit and energy will always be around your mother and family... giving subtle hints that you are OK. I am so sorry Kelly and family for your loss, and I am sending you my deepest condolences and healing vibes. 💔

Aunty Goog

July 16, 2024 at 6:39 PM

Jackson, the reality that you are gone from your earthly home is just too hard to believe! You were not done here, your future was bright. You were smart and handsome with a million dollar smile, it's just so darn unfair. I will always cherish our family times. I loved it when you kids were younger, life was carefree and the laughter contagious. The moments of getting the whole family together may have lessened over the years but the love of family always remained. I will treasure the impromtu pool day visit you made with your friends a couple of years ago. I felt closer to you than ever that day and looked forward to having more talks. I always thought we had more time but life has once again reminded us how precious each moment is. I now talk to the stars and hope you are listening. Our family circle is broken and will never be the same. This photo is the last one I have of us and I will treasure it always!! I love you, Jack. Watch over your mom, she misses you like crazy!! Until we meet again.💕


July 15, 2024 at 2:12 AM

Ever since the day I found out you were no longer here i think about how special you made my life. I'm so incredibly grateful to have called you my friend and my best friend as a child. I miss you Jackson 🤍


July 12, 2024 at 10:03 PM

Jackson you were like a little brother to me, I love you man and miss you so much. This is the only photo on hand I have of us together but I have so many more fond memories that I hold on to. I got a tattoo for you and will always remember the great person you were. I really wish we could have spent more time together and could go on a trip together like we were talking about.


Aunty Kelly I love you too and just know that Jack is always still with us in some form.


Life is too precious and I wish I could have been a better influence on you as well.


Love you forever Jackson❤️


June 26, 2024 at 1:19 AM

Although I never had the chance to meet Jackson in person, Kelly's heartfelt stories painted a beautiful picture of his kind and gentle spirit. I will never forget his peaceful presence in the hospital... My thoughts are with you dear Kelly...

Jackson will live on in our hearts🤍


June 21, 2024 at 5:27 AM

My most treasured memory of Jackson was the first time I met him.


Meghan told him about my anxiety and he made it his mission to make sure I felt welcomed and comfortable the entire time we were all together.


I'll cherish this short but amazing friendship I gained.


I wish we had more time together but I know we will see each other on the other side.


Save a spot for me next to you in the future.


Until we meet again my friend. ❤️


June 21, 2024 at 3:35 AM

Jackson, I never got the opportunity to meet you, but your mom talked about you all the time, shared pictures, you were the love of her life. You like your beautiful mom had a heart of gold, always putting others first. Jackson, you left us to soon, Kelly, my heart breaks for you, losing a child is a whole different kind of loss, this isn't how it's supposed to be, words can't express how sorry I am. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, hugs Kelly. Always here for you. Take care of yourself beautiful Kelly, miss you. ❤️ ❤️.


June 20, 2024 at 11:31 PM

You were loved by so many and will be forever missed by so many. You made an impact on so many lives. I love you so much and miss you so much. It's not goodbye it's see you later.. love you jay


June 20, 2024 at 8:34 PM

We miss you Jackson, You were always active person to be around. Had some good memories of helping hands on winter car times. Also shared your experience on our food.Had seen a few times with your beautiful smile with your friends. You are really missed as good neighbour friend. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Jackson. Make sure you watch over your mother.


June 20, 2024 at 4:45 PM

Kelly, I am sooo sorry for your loss.

My deepest sympathies & prayers to you and your family.



Matt Melito

June 20, 2024 at 3:23 AM

Jackson and I were good friends in highschool and the following years after. I have many fond memories of him and the person he was. Jackson had a confidence and charisma to himself that was unmatched. He was always a fun person to be around, you knew if you were hanging out with Jackson you were in for a good time. He was always welcoming to people and made everyone feel accepted. He truly had an amazing heart. I have many fond memories of playing Mortal Kombat in his basment, hanging out in his backyard, him coming over to my apartment and going to our friend's houses. Jackson was the type of person who wasn't afraid of anything and seemed like he could take on the world. Jackson had a special relationship with his mom he talked about her like she was his bestfriend, I always thought that was really cool. He was truly a good friend and will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


June 19, 2024 at 9:14 PM

Jackson, though i only met you a few times, i have heard countless stories of you from your mom. You were her greatest pride and joy, she has always been and will continue to be so proud of you. You are loved beyond words and will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Jackson ♥


June 19, 2024 at 8:21 PM

I love you forever cuz. Rest easy up there...until we meet again ❤️


June 19, 2024 at 3:07 PM

Dear Jackson,


I'll always remember when your mum told me what she was getting you, I beleive it was either for your birthday or Christmas. I was jealous that your mum got you a Play Station 5. The following day after, your mum showed me pictures of you opening your present, and the huge smile on your face seeing was it was; it was like you were a little boy all over again.


Rest easy Jackson.


My condolences go out to Kelly and the familia, sending you all hugs.

Christine Kazimer

June 19, 2024 at 4:01 AM

I worked with Jackson at SGS. He started a couple weeks before me and always made me feel included, even though I wasn't one of the graders. We'd always laugh because he had two first names, and half the time clients would call him Smith. I would joke with him "hey Jackson, I guess today you're Smith!"

He was always my go-to for checking samples, because he was so thorough and focused, he'd get it done right away. You could always depend on him.


Jackson, I'll always miss your breakfasts at work, you're the reason I bought milk so often, you'd have it with cereal, toast, yogurt - you had the best breakfasts and I was always jealous!

Love you lots, miss you tons. You made work a fun place to be.

Love Christine, your SGS family.


June 19, 2024 at 3:39 AM

Seeing the pictures of him as a young little fella and then gradually seeing how much he's grown over the years, I'm so sorry. The one that sticks out to me personally is near the end with the birthday cake & champagne bottle.


Prior to that picture being taken, Kelly at the end of the work day came to my cubicle space & showed me the cute little champagne bottles to honor Jackson's champagne birthday. Kelly was telling me about the eventful weekend that was planned for him and was explaining how she's so proud to be his mother for how much Jackson has accomplished at such a young age.


Hearing the news be shared that Jackson passed away really got to me, as him and I are the same age group, and knowing that he had so much... life, energy, compassion & generosity (And more to look forward to) Your legacy will live on Jackson, I still have some of the clothes Kelly donated, crazy... you and I were the same fit too.


Rest in Peace Jackson, make sure you watch over your mother. I send my consoles to Kelly & the rest of the family.

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