Jason Chad Westbury

March 24th, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Jason Chad Westbury of Revelstoke, B.C. on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at age 38.  Jason was killed in an avalanche in Roger’s Pass while skiing.

Jason was born on Sept.18, 1974 in Trail, B.C. and attended school in Rossland with K-8 at MacLean Elementary and 9-12 at RSS graduating in 1992. He attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington his first year of college and then to Selkirk College in Castlegar. He then decided to take time off to travel.

Jason was a good athlete – started skating and skiing at age 3. He played Minor hockey in Rossland until age 12 but switched to skiing and has done so ever since. For the summer, he played baseball starting in Trail Little League and continued through the leagues until age 19. He always had a bat or a ball and glove ready to be out there training. He was thrilled to get to play for 2 years on the Trail Allstars for Andy Bilesky and played in the Canadian Little League Championships that Trail hosted in 1987 as the starting shortstop. He played shortstop all the later years and always tried to emulate his favorite Blue Jay, Tony Fernadez. He played with the J.L. Crowe Hawks under Lou DeRosa and had some great memories of those years playing with the Trail boys who always called him “Whistle.”

He was a die-hard Oiler fan and loved Wayne Gretzky. If he could figure out a way to get to use the numbers 99 in anything – he did. Even in the lean years, he never wavered as a fan and had great hopes for their young guys that are there today.

His life was so brightened by his Sheltie dog, Lady. They spent many hours doing whatever a boy and his dog do. There was an evening ritual of seeing who could get into bed first to lie on the Wayne Gretzky pillow – most of the time Lady was quicker.

His love for skiing took him around the world - Australia, Chile, Argentina, India, Switzerland, France and all over B.C. He and his pals spent many hours out on the slopes. Jason usually led the group and they had to work pretty hard to keep up as he kept himself in top physical condition. From his visit to Australia, he arrived home with about 8 Aussies he met who loved skiing with him and they spent a winter here in Rossland to experience skiing.

He did several outdoor jobs - including rock climbing on some of the peaks in B.C.- as well as care giver for his great pal, Paul Derosa , until he decided a career path. He and Paul had skating sisters in common and figured out that they could stay home with Nonie while the rest of us went to the skating competition. They’d give a big cheer when we called them with results, all the time happy they were watching the Oilers or Flames on TV and eating Nonie’s yummy burgers.

In 2000, Jason returned to school at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. He did very well at this and specialized in helicopter maintenance. Over the years this job took him to NWT, Yukon, Northern Alberta, Colorado, Texas, Australia, California and many places in B.C. His car travelled many kilometers as he kept his home base in Revelstoke.

Four years ago, he met a terrific lady, Lisa and she loved to ski and do all the outdoor activities that he loved and together they have skied many slopes and done lots of travelling. Together they took courses in First Aid and several ski training courses always trying to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature offered them on the slopes.

He had a wicked wit and was voted “Most Sarcastic” by his Grad class.  His gentle heart and kindness meant his door was always open – seemed to always have lots of visitors over the winter months coming for a few days of skiing.

He will be deeply missed by his parents, Jan and Gary  Westbury of Rossland , his sister, Stacey (Aaron) Wilson of  Surrey, his girlfriend, Lisa Pettenuzzo of Revelstoke, grandparents Alice Westbury of Trail  and Bill and Ruth Cridland of Moose Jaw, Sask. and  many aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends. He was predeceased by his Grandpa Ernie Westbury, his Uncle Bill Jeffrey, his pal, Paul Derosa and his Aunt Adele Bennett.

A Memorial Service for Jason will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm. at the Cominco Gym in the Trail Memorial Arena at 1051 Victoria Ave. Trail, B.C.  Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

Rest in Peace –we all love you!

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Jason’s memory are welcome to any children’s charity of your choice.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.

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We are saddened to hear of Jason's passing and are thinking of you. What a wonderful life he led following his passion. He will be missed by so many.

Lisa, Jan, Gary, & the Westbury family; How terribly sad it is to hear of the passing of Jason. I worked with Jason for a number of years in Alberta. Those of us who fly, seldom say out loud how much we appreciate and respect the ones who have our back and keep us in the air. Jason was exceptional, a joy to be around, and someone we could trust. A terrible loss for us all, and to the family of Jason, know that he will be missed beyond words out here as well. Rest in Peace Old Friend.

Gary, Jan and family, So very sorry to hear of Jason's sudden passing. My thoughts are with you and I send all of you our deepest sympathy. Hoping all of the memories of the time you had with him bring comfort to you at this tragic time. It sounds like he enjoyed life to the fullest and was loved by everyone who knew him. Take care, Anita, Howard and girls

Jan, Gary, Staci, Lisa and family, We are deeply saddened and sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts.

Dear Gary, Jan & family, Sorry to hear of Jason's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gary and Jan and Stacey and Lisa... Words seem to fail us all at tragic times like this.Please accept this as our sincere sympathy for your great loss of Jason.What a beautiful write up about his full and interesting and "go for it" life..He was a true '99' Regards, Ardis and Gary Urquhart

Gary, Jan and famil,. I am very sorry to hear of Jason's passing. The news of his passing brought back memories of all the good times we had playing baseball together in Trail. He was a wonderful person, ball player, and friend. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss.

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Westbury; I am sorry to hear of your sudden loss. I have good memories of 'Whistle' back in our baseball days from Little League through to Babe Ruth. It's funny what Trail baseball does to a person...even though we did not keep in touch afterwards, you always remember and feel a connection to the guys you played with. I remember quite clearly his Fernandez-like scoop and flip of the ball to first base. He was a great guy and our thoughts are with you.

Jason was always a gracious host, and a great guy, opening his house to take you in, giving you a place to sleep and taking you out for some turns--your stay was only limited to how much your legs could take. I'm sure he will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

I Just heard about Jason, what a huge loss, I am in shock. I went to school with Jason at SAIT in Calgary. He could not wait to get out of Calgary and back to the mountains. Every year for the past few years me and some friends would go to Revelstoke to see the Ski Master in his element. As much as my skiing must have pained him to watch, he was always amazingly patient and generous with all us. When visiting with Jason and Lisa there was always this warmth and laughter and love which was so apparent. He will be deeply missed.

Dear Jan, Gary, Stacey and family, We were just back from visiting our daughter Chrystie in Australia when we heard the sad news. No doubt Chrystie and Jason knew eachother from school days in Rossland. Your loss hits us very close as our 3 kids are all around the same age as Jason and Stacey and as you know they all grew up together in Rossland. Please accept our heart felt and deepest condolences. Dave and Jill Watson

Jan, Gary and family, We are so sad to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,

I'm so sorry to hear about Jason's passing. I only knew him briefly, we worked together one season at Red Mountain. He took me rock climbing for the first time; can't say that I've done it again due to my fear of heights, but he was just so calm and reassuring at the time - I just felt as was in good hands with him there. I just remembered him being so nice, so easy going and easy to be around. I can only imagine the amazing memories you have of time with him, my thoughts are with all of you at this tragic time.

Jan, Gary, Stacey, Lisa and family.. I am so sorry for you loss. After Cheryl called to tell me what happened, I thought about the first time I met Jason. It was at Stacey's Grade 12 Grad in Rossland. I remember being surprised that he was skiing in June. I didn't know you could ski in June! I found out that this was one of his passions and after reading about everything that he had accomplished in his life I see that this has remained a huge part of who he was. I always enjoyed sitting down and talking to him whenever I had the chance at some of your family functions. You must be so proud of the person he had become. He will be sadly missed. God bless and take care. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Jackie

I hadn't kept in touch with Jason since the Selkirk College days, but it's no surprise to read about everything he was able to accomplish in such a short time. I remember him fondly, and wish his family my most sincere condolences.

Gary, Jan and family, We were so shocked to hear about Jason's passing today. Please know that we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. Take care John, Diane, Aaron and Scott McFarland.

Gary, Janet and family, We are so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Please accept our sincere apologies for us not attending the service, but we are out of province at this time. Bless you all and take care of each other. With deep regards, Fred and Lori

Jan and Gary, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. Lou and Dori Bordin

Thought of all of you today. I was so happy to see how much Jason looked like your Dad, Jan. Hugs Barb

I just found out this morning that Jason had passed away. I went to High School with Jason and had the great pleasure of learning the nuances of humour from the master himself. Jason was the friendliest and most-genuine person you could hope to meet. Strangers became friends instantly. There were times when years would go by without seeing or talking to him but when you did see him again, it was like you had just seen him the day before. I remember a video project that Jason, Aaron, and myself made at Selkirk College. It was about traditions- Jason of course chose skiing for us. In it, the characters prayed for a season of good snow for skiing. Jason loved skiing and I know that from now on, the first tracks in the newly fallen snow will always be his. You will be missed, Jason, but definitely never forgotten.

We hope you accept our sincere sympathy and condolences.

We were so sad to hear of the sudden passing of your dear son Jason. Our hearts go out to you and send you our deepest and sincerest sympathy.

Dear Gary & Jan and family, My deepest sympathy and thoughts and prayers to you in the loss of Jason. Reading his obituary brought tears to my eyes as you could see that he lived every day to the fullest. A lesson that we all could learn. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you his peace and comfort as you mourn Jason's loss. He was much too young to die. May the precious memories that you have bring you comfort.

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