Orin Virgol Jonat

July 5th, 2022

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Orin Virgol Jonat. Orin passed suddenly, while doing what he loved with the one he loved – mountain biking with his wife of 43 years in the beautiful trails of Rossland, BC.

Orin led a full life, immersing himself completely, and quickly becoming an expert in everything he did- whether that be mountaineering, breeding and showing dogs, photography or any of the numerous other activities he enjoyed. He was relentless in his drive to understand and master every aspect of any endeavor he or his children undertook. This entailed not only teaching himself and his family to ski, snowboard, backpack, rock climb and weight lift, but also spending countless hours ensuring their sports equipment was immaculately maintained. When not exploring the mountains with his family he dedicated himself to his work as an Executive Director with the Fraser Health Authority and volunteered with local organizations including the Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue, White Rock Community Football Organization, Semiahmoo Soccer Club and the Black Jacks Nordic Ski Club, to name a few.

Orin is survived by his wife, Nancy, his three children, Barry (and Megan), Corey (and Tasha) and Brittany (and Daniel), three grandchildren and their dog, Griffin.

His family will fondly remember him for his sense of humour, positive outlook and sound advice. 

As an expression of sympathy, the family asks that donations be made to your local Search and Rescue to honour Orin’s love of exploring the great outdoors. 

Kole Roth of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.



It filled me with great sadness when learning of Orin's passing. I am grateful for his contribution as treasurer of the Black Jack Cross Country Club. I regret that the covid-19 pandemic got in the way of getting to know him better.

My deepest condolences to Jonat family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and may God give you peace and comfort. I worked with Orin at Fraser Health and he was my manager. Orin was a compassionate and gentle person and a visionary leader. Regards, Tahir Joseph

Condolences to Orin's family. I am stunned to learn of his death. He served as treasurer at Black Jack Ski Club and serve is indeed the correct word. He worked diligently and in detail, bringing many innovations to help the club function better. A life cut short, but one fully lived.

My condolences to the Jonat family for their loss. I once worked for Orin at Fraser Health, and I will always remember him as a generous person and a strong leader. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Regards, Benjamin Tang

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